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    People – I need help! I’ve washed the carrier portion of my vest, and I’ve tried three types of shirts: Under Armor for warm weather (gave me a rash the day after), military wet-wicking )gave me a rash after the third day, and lastly 5.11 Tactical wet-wicking T-shirts, which helped the longest, but eventually got a rash.

    I have a muscular build, and the rash develops under the pecs and lower lats each damn time SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!

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    no real suggestions but be very careful, another officer on my dept got a staff infection from his vest and he was out for a couple of days. mine just makes me itch every once in a while.

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    • #3
      Shave

      Baby powder unscented of course
      This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ifp123 View Post
        People – I need help! I’ve washed the carrier portion of my vest, and I’ve tried three types of shirts: Under Armor for warm weather (gave me a rash the day after), military wet-wicking )gave me a rash after the third day, and lastly 5.11 Tactical wet-wicking T-shirts, which helped the longest, but eventually got a rash.

        I have a muscular build, and the rash develops under the pecs and lower lats each damn time SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!
        Could be a combo of things- the type of detergent you use to wash your carrier , deodorant, etc. Use Gold bond , and I suggest you see a doctor. A Sgt of mine,got a severe chemical burn when his spray on deodorant interacted with the chemical used to clean his uniform- wierd and scary, but TRUE. Also ,if this persists, maybe you should switch to an outer carrier body armor.
        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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        • #5
          I have also had a lot of problems with rashes over the last few years and tried the different shirts. None of the different shirts really helped me. What I ended up doing was just going back to the plain white T-shirts. From time to time I will loosen up my vest and that tends to help. I don't mean loosen it to the point to where it's not sticking to my body, but just slightly. Give it a chance and see what happens.
          Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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          • #6
            It may sound ridiculious, but put deoderant on the areas prone to rash. Worked for me a few times. It's not a solution though, so I would suggest going to an external vest carrier. A guy at my SD had the exact same problem and was cleared for external vest wear.
            "I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously."

            William George Bonin - Executed in Calfornia Feb 23rd 1996

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            • #7
              Gold Bond Medicated Powder ..in the green container...works nicely....good luck

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sarge305 View Post
                Gold Bond Medicated Powder ..in the green container...works nicely....good luck
                THANKS! - I'll try the Gold Bond green container - appears to be the quickest troubleshooting method. FYI, I only have a small patch of chest hair in the middle (no rash there); I've tried Johnson's talcum powder (didn't work), and I only use roll-on dry-type deordorant under the arms (no issue there). Rash goes away on my 3 days off.
                FOTL t-shirts get yellow real quick under my arms after a few weeks; 5.11 tactical hasn't.

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