6 Everyday Pieces of Clothing Items With Health Risks

HEALTH  |  April 13, 2017
  • 1. Leggings and stockings
    1 / 6 1. Leggings and stockings

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    Tight clothing causes friction between your skin and the fabric, which rubs off the surface skin cells containing protective natural oils that act as a barrier between your skin and nasty bacteria.

    While you won’t get called out by the fashion police for going for brunch in your leggings after yoga, you might just be setting yourself up for skin infections.

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  • 2. Tight jeans
    2 / 6 2. Tight jeans

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    Tight clothing like skinny jeans restrict blood flow, which can cause your legs and foot muscles to become worn. Add to that the hygiene issues similar to that of leggings and stockings, jeans don’t make the best go-to bottoms for sweltering Singapore.

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  • 3. Acrylic fabric
    3 / 6 3. Acrylic fabric

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    Acrylic fabrics may cause cancer, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another study found that women working in textile factories that product acrylic fabrics have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer.

    Nearly all fabrics are treated with chemicals at some point during processing, but some are still better than others, including natural fibres like cotton, linen, hemp and silk.

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  • 4. Heels
    4 / 6 4. Heels

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    News flash: Heels hurt!

    But then again, studies say flats aren’t all that good, either. What then?

    Take the high heel test: In your shoes, stand with your knees straight and try to raise yourself on your toes at least an inch up. If that’s not possible your heels are too high for you. In general, podiatrists say not to exceed a heel height of three inches – anything more and you’re doubling the stress placed on your legs and back.

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  • 5. Last night’s pyjamas
    5 / 6 5. Last night’s pyjamas

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    So you’re a bath-before-bed kind of person. You go to sleep in clean PJs, so how dirty can they get in the night when you’re comfortably snuggled up, right?

    Wrong. Your skin cells and millions of microbes cling onto your PJs, which posse health risks like genital and skin infections.

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  • 6. Thongs
    6 / 6 6. Thongs

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    Your thongs frequently slip between your rectum and vagina, spreading infection-causing rectal bacteria across your private parts in the process. To make things worse, the rubbing of your thongs against your skin causes tears in the delicate skin around your private parts, creating access for the very bacteria it carries.

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