It seems you can’t get away with wearing your mitten all the time anymore, thanks to the rise of fads and faux pas.
In fact, according to a new study, it seems that mittens are becoming so ubiquitous in our lives that we’re becoming an increasing number of people who are allergic to them.
It all started with the invention of the mitten in the 1600s, but has since been spread by fashion brands such as Adidas, Vans and Zara to name a few.
The study, carried out by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), found that about 5% of adults in the US and Ireland have been diagnosed with a form of allergies.
According to the report, people are increasingly becoming allergic to mittens, with an estimated 10.7 million Americans suffering from allergies to mitts in 2015.
And it seems the more you wear a mitten, the more likely you are to be allergic.
“There is a clear trend towards mittens becoming more and more common, and that trend is increasing,” Dr Sarah Smith, of the NIAID, told BBC News.
She said the report looked at the proportion of people diagnosed with allergies to other products in a particular product group.
While there are no firm figures for mittens specifically, Smith said they “might be the most common type of allergic reaction”.
“It is important that people are aware of the importance of avoiding wearing a mittens in the first place, and the risk of becoming allergic,” she said.
It’s not just allergies to shoes, either.
In 2013, a survey of 2,000 adults across the US found that over 90% of people reported having an allergic reaction to a pair of shoes, including more than 70% who had a reaction to shoes made from nylon.
Smith said it was important that companies and retailers “keep in mind that mitt wear is one of the most important safety steps they can take”.
The NIAid study said that the number of allergies to non-fibre clothing in the UK had increased by about 20% between 2010 and 2015.
According to Smith, wearing mittens can also increase your chances of getting anaphylactic shock, which is a rare but potentially life-threatening reaction to inhaling an anaphrodisiac substance such as nail polish remover.
But mittens aren’t the only things that are becoming more popular these days.
We know there are certain foods that are better for us than others, Dr Smith said.
So if you’re going to have a meal at home, you should make sure you’re eating the right things and not getting into trouble with your mitt.
And if you don’t feel confident about your ability to handle wearing mitt for long periods of time, you can always buy a mitt that has been made from a synthetic material.