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Can Tight Clothes Be Dangerous to Me Physically

Updated on March 23, 2019
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I have three children and seven grandchildren. I worked full time while raising my family. I have been there.


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, replace parts and heal itself. It seems to be indestructible.

Yet, it isn't. It can get infections, be maimed or die. Sadly, knowingly or unknowingly, we all cause issues with our bodies. With all of the medical issues out there, we can reduce some of the risk by:

  • not eating excessively
  • exercising regularly
  • avoiding known risks
  • wearing proper clothing for weather conditions
  • taking medications as prescribed
  • following physician's advice
  • following safety precautions

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, it could be a real danger to the body. One, like those above, that can and should be avoided.

Dangers of Tight Clothing

  • abrasions to the skin
  • sores that bleed and run
  • fungal infections
  • bacterial infections
  • even permanent damage to sensitive areas

Fungal Bacteria Like Warm Moist Areas

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

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; or at least we think they do. 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? How tight is too tight? Is society causing us to endanger our own bodies?

Well, yes, because 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. Like the corsets women used to wear.

Were Corsets Dangerous


The Danger

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.

With a tight corset, the body can't breath and the organs can't perform as required. The corset would also cause excess sweating which could encourage bacteria to grow. With all of these things affecting a woman's body, it is amazing that the women survived from that period to now.

Bacteria and Infections

Bacteria Causes Infections

Tight clothing creates a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes infection. Besides rubbing the skin raw in several places, it also creating a warm, possibly sweaty environment for bacterial growth. The warm environment not only encourages the growth of bacteria, but attaches the bacteria to everything it touches. Even washing the clothes will not destroy all of the bacteria. That means that these items may 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.

Like a Computer

The body will suffer from infections.
The body will suffer from infections. | Source

What Else

Infection is only one danger. 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 clean 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

What If They Can't Move the Air



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. difficulty sitting or standing
  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!

Tight can Be Bad

Is tight clothing always bad for you? Probably not if kept clean and dry, but remember to change once the occasion is over so that your body can breathe again. And try something new for a change. Try to wear clothing that is loose enough to move with you instead of inhibiting you. This way, you stay healthy and still look good.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Cheryl Simonds

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    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      3 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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      3 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.


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