Basically, we are all obsessed with one form of fashion or the other. We all want to follow the latest trends, but even the most devoted “fashionistas’ admit that there are times when your clothing can cause severe health conditions. Some of these clothing include the following.
- CHEMICALS IN FABRICS: Many chemicals used in the dying and processing of fabrics can become hormone disrupting and even cancer causing when they break down in nature. It’s best to avoid such clothing.
- THONGS THAT CAUSE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS: These particular type of underwear can harbour bacteria in the most unwelcome of places. Go for full cotton underwear when sleeping to decrease the chances of infection. Thongs can carry bacteria from the back to the front, causing yeast infections and UTIs. Fabrics like nylon, and silk may also prevent moisture down under from wicking, causing irritation.
- CONSTRICTING: To create the desired hour glass shape, tight garments such as waist trainers are used underneath clothing. They can compress the nerves, leading to pain and numbness. They also make it difficult to breathe.
- JEWELRY AND PIERCINGS: Oversized earrings can inflict serious injury on the earlobes. Women are now undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair earlobes that have suffered abuse due to the constant use of heavy earrings. Too much jewelry can lead to development of nickel allergy if they are made of metal that contains it. Best way to avoid this is to use hypoallergenic jewelry made from metals like surgical grade stainless steel, titanium, 18 karat yellow gold and sterling silver.
Piercings themselves could cause a slew of health issues, from keloids, caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue, to blood-borne diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Whether the piercings are in the earlobe or other parts of the body, go to a reputable, health department certified piercer for any new piercings. Studies show that the number of piercings may contribute to the severity of an allergic reaction.
- HEAVY HAND BAGS/ SCHOOL BAGS: Large overfilled bags could cause back and shoulder pain. Carrying too many irrelevant things make bags heavier than the normal weight. This can cause damage to the shoulder blades and back bone. Backpacks that weigh a mere15-17 percent of body weight can cause back pain and spinal misalignment.
- TIGHT BELTS: Not only can waist clinchers be uncomfortable, but they can cause pain and tingling. Neurologists believe that tight belts can cause numbness in the legs by compressing a major nerve, the lateral, femoral cutaneous nerve that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh.
- SKINNY JEANS: These type of jeans can be difficult to get into, almost impossible to zip up and it turns out they can be dangerous too. Wearing this type of jean could lead to a disorder known as Meralgia paresthetica. This disorder occurs when one of the nerves on the outer part of the thigh compresses and puts pressure on it.
It is best to pay strict attention to what you wear and how you wear them to reduce health risks.