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Can tight clothes be dangerous to me physically?

Updated on February 16, 2016
Tight jeans can look real good, but........
Tight jeans can look real good, but........

Do you wear your clothes so tight you can barely move?

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The human body

The human body is a fascinating machine. It can survive disasters. It can build antibodies for diseases. It can move, think, and rationalize. It can renew itself. It can replace itself. It can heal itself. It seems to be indestructible. Yet, it isn't. It can get infections. It can be maimed. It can die. Sadly, knowingly or unknowingly, we all cause issues with our bodies.

With all of the medical issues out there, there are many we can usually avoid, such as:

  • Excessive eating
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Taking known risks
  • Failing to properly prepare for a situation
  • Wearing improper clothing for weather conditions
  • Failure to take necessary medications
  • Failure to follow physician's advice
  • Failure to follow safety precautions
  • Failure to follow directions

There are so many more, but I will stop here. The point is that we can affect the human body in dangerous ways, but we can also avoid the dangers. One danger is tight clothing. Is this a real danger? Yes, I believe it could be a real danger to the body. One that can and should be avoided.

The dangers can include:

  • Abrasions to the skin
  • Sores that bleed and run
  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Even permanent damage to sensitive areas

Are we what we wear?

We all want to look good, right. We check ourselves in the mirror to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be; while ensuring the colors and textures look good on us. We want to look sexy or alluring perhaps for a night on the town. We want to look professional for a business meeting. We might even want to look both. But should we wear tight clothing to look the part? Is tight clothing dangerous to us? How tight is too tight? Is society causing us to endanger our own bodies? So are we what we wear?

Well, we could be, but are we endangering ourselves in the process? Tight clothing creates issues with the body that many don't recognize as dangerous, just aggravating. But these aggravating situations can result in something much more dangerous over time.

Corsets, were they dangerous?

Corsets were dangerous to the women who wore them.

History tells us that the women of old wore tight corsets that made them look like a perfect woman should. The belief was that a woman should have a small waist and appear wasp like. Many woman suffered severe internal damage due to the tight corsets. Organs would be displaced and digestive issues would result. Woman even wore corsets during pregnancy which is now thought to have caused many of the infant deaths during that time period since the fetus could not properly develop. Infections were also prevalent during that time period and are now thought to have been caused, at least in part, by the tight corset.

Bacteria and Infections

He says "I like it warm".
He says "I like it warm".

Bateria and Infections

Infections are the worst of these problems. Tight clothing creates a breeding ground for infection. First, it rubs the skin raw in several places while also creating a warm, possibly sweaty environment for bacterial growth. The environment not only encourages the growth of bacteria, but attaches the bacteria to everything it touches. Without proper sterilization-type cleaning, these items will still be infected with bacteria when re-used. The more there is, the faster the growth, the larger the infection, the worse the damage.

An excellent example of this would be a yeast infection. Yeast infections can be caused by many things. One common cause of yeast infections is when a particularly bad infection is being treated with antibiotics. The bacteria runs through the body and then causes an infection as it comes out with the urine. If the area is tightly enclosed, such as with tight clothing, the matter is made worse. Over time, this can become life threatening if not addressed.

Have you ever felt out of breath when wearing tight or restrictive clothing?

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Are there other dangers to wearing tight clothing?

Well, infection is one danger as described above, but there are others. For example, breathing. The body needs to breathe. The skin cannot be properly rejuvenated if it can't properly breathe, nor can the body. Tight clothing restricts the flow of blood to the smaller capillaries of the skin which carries life giving oxygen. No, your skin does not breathe just by being exposed to air although it can absorb some oxygen through pores in the skin; however, the capillaries, located in the skin, cannot absorb the oxygen if they are constricted by tight clothing.

The body, requiring oxygen to live, cannot recycle the blood properly if the clothing restricts the blood flow. This prevents the body from receiving all the required oxygen it needs to keep all of the organs running properly. Will this immediately stop you from doing things? No, not really. You might get a little tired, or dizzy, but this will go away after awhile and you will forget it. Your body will adjust and you will think all is well. But all is not well. Eventually your body will begin to slow things down as it's required flow of oxygen continues to be restricted. Think of it as holding a balloon that you have blown up. You release a little of the air and then squeeze the valve closed. The air can no longer escape and the balloon stays inflated. Imagine if that was your lungs and the air couldn't

Imagine if they couldn't move the air due to restrictive clothing.

Troubled lungs.
Troubled lungs.


So infection and breathing isn't a worry of yours? Well, how about moving? Getting down the stairs, into your vehicle, sitting at your desk, enjoying dinner with someone special; and all without having trouble moving and/or breaking an embarrassing seam! Moving in tight clothing may not seem to be a big problem since you can still move, sort of. So what is the danger, right? Think of it this way:

  1. Abrasions where the clothing rubs as you move
  2. Trouble breathing
  3. Trouble moving
  4. Problems relieving yourself in the bathroom
  5. Problems dancing
  6. Problems getting in and out of cars

No worries you say? What about if there was an emergency? How fast could you get out of danger?

Would you rather be healthy and comfortable? Or are you the type that wants to be sexy no matter what? Think about the dangers! Think about your health! Think!

© 2016 Cheryl Simonds

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      Cheryl Simonds 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Besarien, thanks for the kudos. Yes, clothes that fit are much more attractive and healthy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Great hub! I honestly don't see anything sexy about clothing that is too tight. Wearing clothes that fit perfectly is always more attractive and much healthier too.