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Do leather sofas cause skin rashes, blisters or any kind of skin allergy?

  1. Vellur profile image89
    Vellurposted 5 years ago

    Do leather sofas cause skin rashes, blisters or any kind of skin allergy?

  2. LilaDaley profile image61
    LilaDaleyposted 5 years ago

    We have a leather sofa set and have no issues with skin irritations.  I have severe sensitive skin and sit on our sofas often and no problems.

    What makes you think there would be an issue with skin irritations from a leather sofa?

    1. frogyfish profile image78
      frogyfishposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Some individuals have an acquired propensity to chemical sensitivities, and leather with its tanning, dye and protective chemicals is able to produce skin irritations in these ultra sensitive individuals.  Be glad that you do not have this problem.

    2. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Glad that you have no skin irritations when you sit on leather sofas. Happy for you. Thank you.

  3. frogyfish profile image78
    frogyfishposted 5 years ago

    Basic response, yes they can.  However, the qualification is that the leather tanning and chemical treatments or dyes are the usual culprits in  eliciting 'rashes or allergy'.  This can happen with any leather including wristwatch bands - which I cannot wear for long, or risk 'breaking out' under the band area.
    If you are suffering from alleged 'leather sofa allergies' a tightly woven throw might be used when you sit on the sofa to prevent skin contact with the leather..  It is also possible that outgassing of chemicals in the leather might be problematic in addition to the skin contact/absorption.  This will gradually lessen and be less of a stimulant for allergy, but might take several years to lower reactivity problems.  Old leather will have outgassed enough and probably be less likely to produce symptoms.  Different leathers might be greater or lesser producers of irritations depending on chemicals used on them.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is informative, thank you.

  4. teresapelka profile image57
    teresapelkaposted 5 years ago

    Leather furniture doesn't 'breathe' like other pieces, this could irritate the skin.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are right leather does not breathe, this could be one of the reasons. Thank you.

  5. Express10 profile image89
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    While there are people who are severely allergic to common things such as dyes and tanners, it's also possible that the person is reacting from something else, possibly someone's perfume or lotion that rubbed onto the sofa or there was a visitor or family member who had a skin condition that left things on the sofa that can cause problems for others.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is also possible, thank you.

  6. teaches12345 profile image93
    teaches12345posted 5 years ago

    We have leather furniture and have enjoyed it for over ten years.  Very durable and comfortable - also easy to keep clean.  The only issue I've had with leather furniture is that, after a good while,  it does tend to absorb your body heat and reflect it back to you.  This is good if you are cold, but a little uncomfortable if you are warm.  I imagine this is what could cause skin irritation.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes that could be the cause too, thank you.

  7. unvrso profile image92
    unvrsoposted 5 years ago

    If the sofa is very used and dirty, it can even be the home of very small animals known as dust mites. These animals feed on the dead skin of humans and can live anywhere in the house, including the clothes, pillows, blankets and sofas.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well, that could be one of the many reasons. Thank you.

  8. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 5 years ago

    It would be my guess that other than the answers you have here already that someone with very sensitive skin may develop a rash or blisters sitting on leather too long with it making the skin moist and open to irritation. It seems germs may cling more so to leather too than cloth surfaces which could further inflame irritation. But just a guess!

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Germs could be the culprits. thank you.

  9. MindbodyandFood4u profile image84
    MindbodyandFood4uposted 5 years ago

    I have been sitting on a leather Ekornes couch for 8 years with no issues and a leather couch from Italy 10 years before that. My daughter used the old Italian couch for years and to my knowledge no one has had a problem. I would be sure of your vendor and make sure its a quality made product. There is a lot of furniture coming out of China and it could have inferior chemicals in the dye process that could have possible irritants. If this is the issue you may want to check with the manufactor before you purchase.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for this piece of information.

  10. Shawnte87 profile image88
    Shawnte87posted 5 years ago

    I would assume so, if you have an allergy to leather.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, that is a thought. Thank you.

  11. Blond Logic profile image97
    Blond Logicposted 5 years ago

    I too have a leather sofa and have had no problems with it. However, I have read that some that were made, in China, had chemicals applied to them to stop mold growing. Many people reacted badly to this and I believe they traced it back to the manufactures. Whether this has been stopped I can't say.
    Therefore, it is possible, the problem isn't the leather, it is the chemicals that have been applied.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes this could be one of the problems, thank you.

  12. HealthCanada profile image69
    HealthCanadaposted 5 years ago

    Allergies are caused by foreign proteins entering the body
    A rash from leather use is normally caused by the chemical stains that the leather goes through to become 'shiny'.
    I recommend not sitting around on leather naked, or in short pants or shirtless, as the skin can easily be irritated from heat radiation and human sweat leaching the finish into the body through open pores.
    -HC

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good advice, thank you.

  13. tillsontitan profile image87
    tillsontitanposted 5 years ago

    It is always possible someone will have an allergic reaction to something, anything, but in general that is not the case with leather.  If someone in the family already has an allergy to leather than certainly any leather furniture is not a good idea.  While I've never had a leather sofa I have had leather seats in my car and have never heard of anyone having a problem.

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes that is a vital point, thank you.

  14. tirelesstraveler profile image81
    tirelesstravelerposted 5 years ago

    We are allergic to just about everything and we did fine with our leather couch:)

    1. Vellur profile image89
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great that you are doing fine with the couch!!, thank you.

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    savannah01posted 5 years ago

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