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Health Problems from Wearing Clothes Too Tight

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Celebrities and every day people alike, have been squeezing into slimming, tight clothing for centuries.  Whether it was corsets in the Victorian Age or skinny jeans in modern times, the fashion to be thin has been unsurpassed.  Sometimes these styles fit people well, and other times…not so well.  For those individuals who need to lie down on their bed or use a hanger to zip up their pants, it might be time to rethink your fashion choice.

Regardless of the fact that often, too tight clothing just doesn’t look good, wearing them might also be putting your health at risk.   Here are some documented health problems from wearing clothes that are too tight:

1. Tingling Thigh Syndrome: Although rarely permanent, individuals who wear their jeans too tight can experience nerve problems called meralgia paresthetica.

  • How to Know: If your thigh tingles with no explanation.
  • What to Do: Don’t wear your extra tight jeans too often.  You may want to buy a pair in the next size for more regular wear.

2. Yeast Infection: When women’s pubic areas are kept tightly under wraps, the area becomes very warm and moist.  This makes it a breeding ground for bacteria and, as a result, can cause yeast infections. 

  • How to Know: The vaginal area becomes very itchy, irritating and painful.
  • What to Do: Especially in the summer, avoid wearing tight pants.  Wear sundresses, loose fitting and breezy pants.  In the winter, wear a size up and make sure you wear underwear that breathes.

3. Back Pain: When pants are too tight, and are low riding, this can cause nerve compression in the back (similar to the thigh problem above). 

  • How to Know: Numbness and tingling in the legs and possible stress on the back.
  • What to Do: Choose higher riding pants that fit more loosely.

4. Fainting: Although the corset isn’t as popular as it used to be; tight, constricting clothing can restrict our ability to fully expand our lungs…making our breathing shallow, decreasing our oxygen intake.  Clothes that may fall into this category include: wedding undergarments, bustiers, and spandex.

  • How to Know: If you find it hard to breathe, or worst case scenario, faint, you are wearing too tight clothing.
  • What to Do: If you are getting married, make sure your dress is fitted properly by a professional.   Also, choose undergarments that aren’t too restrictive.

5. Acid Reflux/Heartburn: Tight pressure against your stomach can increase abdominal pressure, causing acid to go back into your esophagus, resulting in heart burn and acid reflux.

  • How to Know: You experience a burning sensation in the stomach, chest and throat.  You also may taste a bitter, acidic taste in your mouth.
  • What to Do: Eat smaller meals and make sure your belt and pants aren’t too tight.

6.  Abdominal Pain/Constipation: Tight pants can slow down the digestive process.

  • How to Know: Pain in the abdomen for two to three hours after eating a meal.
  • What to Do: Eat smaller meals and make sure your belt and pants aren’t too tight.

7. Headaches/Blurred Vision: Wearing button down shirts that are too tight in the collar or ties that are tied too tightly can decrease proper circulation to the brain and head.

  • How to Know: You frequently experience headaches, blurred vision or a tingling sensation in your head.
  • What to Do: But shirts a neck size larger and wear your tie looser.

So, next time you are tempted to buy a garment that is a bit on the tighter side, think twice.  You might be putting your health at risk!

Have you experienced any of these issues from your clothes?  Have you adjusted your wardrobe and seen an improvement?

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Sources:

  • http://www.canadafreepress.com/medical/gastroenterology091095.htm
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2009/05/23/2009-05-23_are_skinny_jeans_bad_for_your_health_tootight_pants_can_lead_to_tingling_thigh_s.html
  • How to Know: If you find it hard to breathe, or worst case scenario, faint, you are wearing too tight clothing.
  • What to Do: If you are getting married, make sure your dress is fitted properly by a professional.
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  • Brooke

    My mom is a nurse, and she can tell you some stories about yeast infections from super-tight pants. Nasty.

    You are absolutely correct. No one of any size looks good in tight clothes. I’m glad that now there are some great health reasons to avoid those ridiculous looking skinny jeans!

  • R. Jamerson

    Tight pants are the main contributor to my low back pain. It took a while to figure out but it is a relief to know that it is not that a bad condition. Several months ago I was issued uniforms and they were snug at the time and I put on a few pounds. I thought that walking on concrete at work was causing the pain. Im not a big person, my weight fluctuates between 160 and 165. So no matter your size please wear loose fitting clothes.