Some Health Effects Of Wearing Tight Clothing |The Republican News

                                             Dr Sylvester Ikhisemojie

The habit of wearing tight clothing is often seen as fashionable to the extent that the trend has begun to appear even in some of our traditional outfits. The appearance is particularly good when the clothing items are close-fitting; that is not necessarily the case when there is tightness built into those clothes. When one wears tight clothes, the blood circulation is often compromised and may even be damaged to the extent that certain symptoms are found to develop. When you wear a shirt that has a tight collar, for example, the flow of blood to the head and brain could be impeded so profoundly that headaches develop. Other features that a person may experience as a result of such dressing include blurring of the vision, dizziness and even blackouts. Sometimes, a tingling sensation in the head may also be experienced. Apart from reducing the blood supply to the skin and other structures, a tight clothing item can cause bruising of the skin in such a way that bacteria are able to breach that protective layer of tissue and cause infections.

Tight clothes, especially jeans, have been known to exert undue pressure on certain bony prominences in the lower limbs causing skin bruises, skin pain and numbness. The diminished sensation can be so severe that someone who suffers from it may be unable to move. This was the case of a young woman in a dramatic case reported in Australia when she helped someone move into their residence and spent the greater part of the day squatting as she helped to clear out cupboards and rearrange others. After some hours, she was unable to feel any sensation in the legs as they both swelled within the tight jeans she wore. The swelling was such that it compressed the adjacent nerves and rendered the woman unable to move. She fell down when her legs refused to obey instructions from her brain and were not discovered for several hours. She spent four days in the hospital taking drips before sensation gradually returned to those legs. This case triggered the launching of the awareness campaign in many countries about the dangers of such dressing.

But then, she was lucky. The legs, especially the feet, could easily have been lost and an amputation or a double amputation would have had to be the result. This can be the tragic end when a compartment syndrome develops in the affected limb. What this means is that there is a build-up of pressure within the soft tissues of the legs involving the tissue planes between the muscles, tendons and ligaments which are then compressed against the rather harder bones. The soft tissues suffer a catastrophic stoppage of their blood supply as the rising tension within those structures cuts off their blood supply. Without emergency surgical relief, gangrene and even death could be the result. Those women who love to wear their skinny jeans and men too who wear similar clothing need to be aware of these dangers. For men, there is the added risk of suffering from serious reproductive challenges as a result of this habit.

Men are also advised to be particularly careful about wearing tight jeans because the pressure the tight apparel exerts on the genitals could provoke a torsion of the testis. Tight jeans are already implicated in causing pain in the testis. The potential to cause testicular torsion takes the dangers to an entirely fresh level. A testis that has twisted will have its blood supply suddenly cut off. When that happens, the testis dies a slow death if this obstruction to normal blood flow is not reversed by an emergency operation within six hours. A recent encounter with a 14-year-old boy in similar straits whose father was unable to pay for the required surgery brought this risk forcefully home. At such a tender age, he is left to face the rest of his life with only one testis. And it could yet get worse because the dead testis which remains in place might induce the healthy one to destroy itself. This sequence of events could have been brought about by the fact that the tight trousers force the testes to assume an abnormal position that then predisposes them more readily to twist.

In as many as one-third of all women, varicose veins can be found. The wearing of tight clothes is closely associated with the aggravation of varicose veins. They become larger and more tortuous and are sure to worsen with long periods of either standing or sitting still as in long journeys by any mode of transport. This complication is also likely to get worse among women who use oral contraceptives. To be sure, it is not tight jeans or trousers alone that are problematic; wearing tight shoes can cause similar problems to the relevant part of the body. In the feet, they cause bunions which are often painful. They also cause a disfiguring condition of the toes called hallux valgus in which the big toe assumes a position that makes it seem almost like it is opposed to the other toes; it bends hideously towards the others and only a corrective operation can repair some of the worst cases.

The other problem commonly associated with tight clothing is that their close contact with the skin makes one sweat more. Such sweating ultimately proves to be a rich medium for bacteria to thrive in and grow to levels where they are able to damage the skin and cause a host of skin infections. That is part of the explanation for the presence of these infections in the private parts, under the breasts and in the armpits. Those who market the purchase of tight clothing as a strategy for weight loss propagate falsehood and are downright fraudulent in their claims. The reason is simple; the weight that is lost is mainly due to increased sweating. Therefore, only water is lost and can thus be regained within half an hour once the person starts to drink the water in earnest.

Finally, women who wear girdles need to beware. These mean clothes bind down the abdomen and compress the pelvic region. When you are outdoors, it becomes a real issue to pass urine because they are relatively easy to wear but very difficult to remove, particularly when pressed. Sometimes, it may mean the difference between staying dry and urinating on oneself during an emergency situation. The remedy to this is to limit fluid intake when outdoors.   (Punch)

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