Many of us repeatedly choose style over comfort. Hipsters and skinny jeans have become a part of the mainstream fashion scene. However, they could be bad news for your health.
Wearing skin-tight denim and other tight-fitting trousers can have health repercussions for both women and men. For men, wearing tight trousers can cause overheating of the testes, lowering sperm count and causing fertility problems. For women, skinny jeans can increase your chances of developing thrush. Furthermore, squeezing into skin-tight trousers can cause nerve compression, leading to tingling or numb thighs.
Figure-hugging trousers significantly increase the risk of the condition meralgia paresthetica, which is compression of the nerve running from the pelvis into the outer thigh.
On the other hand, ladies like to look good in their underwear. But donning synthetic fabrics and thongs could leave one feeling far from sexy. Not only can rough materials cause chafing and infections to delicate skin, but wearing synthetic materials can encourage yeast organisms to multiply, increasing risk of thrush.
Tight knickers of any style, particularly those made of synthetic materials that don’t allow air and moisture to circulate, can cause thrush and a range of other itchy skin conditions.
Furthermore, wearing thongs can easily contribute to the spread of bacteria, leading to urinary tract infections. To prevent any nasty itches, swap skimpy, synthetic underwear for pretty cotton briefs for daily wear. Men should also note that shirts with constricting collars and over-tight ties can increase the risk of serious eye disease.
They put pressure on the jugular vein in the neck, in turn raising the internal pressure of the eye, causing it to bulge. Increased pressure is one of the primary causes of glaucoma, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. This can also restrict blood flow to the brain through the carotid arteries, leading to headaches, blurred vision and dizziness, as well as increased tension on the back and shoulders.
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