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FitBit Zip Allergy

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I was doing great using my Fitbit and losing weight. Then I had problems. I hook my Fitbit on the center of my bra. After my first week I noticed a curved red line on my breast. This also coincided with my forgetting to wear my Fitbit for the next few days. The line slowly faded, very slowly.

The following week of wearing the Fitbit ended with a 1/4 inch wide red welt. No itching or pain, but it looked like I had burned myself with the edge of an iron. Once again it was a slight curve and in the same spot. I wore my Fitbit again that day and assumed I had been injured by my cat or running into something that I didn't remember. The injury got worse with a large red area around the red welt and I stopped wearing the Fitbit.

It has now been a number of days. The redness around it has gone and the raw skin welt has formed a scab that is starting to heal.

I went on the community page on the Fitbit website. I searched and searched and finally found out that some people had the same red welt form. Apparently it is an allergic reaction to the silicone case on the Fitbit. Others thought maybe it had something to do with the wifi interaction. But, I am allergic to latex and react to soft plastic shopping bags, dish washing gloves and bandaids within minutes. So maybe it is all connected to my sensitivity to plastics. Also, I am wearing the Fitbit all day, so it is making contact for a long period of time.

The actual Fitbit is facing out on my bra, so it is only the edge of the clip that contacts my skin. I tried wearing it on my waistband of my pants and my skin bothered me after a couple hours. So now I am wearing cargo pants and attaching it to the outside pocket.
No problems. Wonder where to put it when I wear pants without pockets or skirts? I am thinking of using my travel money holder that goes around my neck. I can attach it to the inner pocket inside the zippered case. I have also read where some users just take it out of the silicone case and toss it in a pocket. I wonder if a decorative medicine pouch worn around the neck would work? Guys say they just put it on a chain or lanyard and wear it around their neck.

I've had multiple allergies since I was a kid. I should know better!

I've since read that some foods are related to this allergy, like kiwi and banana. I get bumps on the roof of my mouth if I eat them! Who knew!

I have researched silicone causing welts on the internet and apparently many women have problems with bras which have a strip of silicone and it causes welts on the skin. From what I've read, many silicone products have latex in them or other contaminates that cause reactions. It seems to be everywhere these days, even in kitchen tools or your earbuds on headphones!
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    That's good to know. I do have issues with gloves. I've been looking at the Fitbits lately as well as the Up. The idea of them is certainly intriguing.
    1745 days ago
    I had no idea one could be allergic to silicone. Thanks for making us aware of the problem, and I hope you find a good solution for you. I normally wear my Fitbit One clipped to a pants pocket or waistband, but recently when I wore a sporty dress, I found the Fitbit missed 7-10% of my steps when clipped to the dress pocket.
    1746 days ago
    I know latex allergies are a very real concern for many. Thanks for this tidbit about the FitBit. I will keep it in mind for the future when I get one for myself. I like the idea of a cloth pouch made out of some pretty material and/or decorated with some kind of bling !
    1746 days ago
    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I wear mine on a lanyard. Luckily I am not allergic to it. You might make a small cloth holder and pin it to your bra.
    1746 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Pretty scary! You might have to keep in your pocket as of now.
    1746 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wow! emoticon
    1746 days ago
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