11 fashion items that could seriously harm you

Skinny jeans, shapewear and other common wardrobe residents that might not be as innocent as you think

Photos: INGIMAGE
Photos: INGIMAGE
25 Jun 2015

Photos: INGIMAGE

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t wear high heels or use hairspray anymore, but after reading this,  you might want to start being extra careful when using or wearing these fashion items (or even avoid them altogether!).

Click on for a list of dangerous fashion items to beware of.

Wearing skinny jeans could land you in the hospital
Wearing skinny jeans could land you in the hospital
25 Jun 2015

Wearing skinny jeans could land you in the hospital

Imagine: you’re out at the mall, casually strolling about in a pair of skinny jeans… All of a sudden, you can’t feel your legs, and you collapse to the floor.

Sounds ridiculous? Well, it was reported two days ago that a 35-year-old Australian woman had gotten stuck in her skinny jeans and actually needed to be rescued out of them with a pair of scissors.

The woman had been in a squatting position for a long period of time while emptying cupboards and her lower legs began to swell up. This potentially serious condition of damaged muscles and nerves is known as compartment syndrome.

As her jeans grew tight on her calves, her legs became numb and she was unable to walk, spending several hours lying on the ground until she was sent to Royal Adelaide Hospital to be put on a drip for the next four days. Yikes!

Don’t be too worried, though. The chance of this happening is just as slim as those pants promise to make your legs look. If you still want to wear them, just remember not to stay in the same position for too long.

Your can of hairspray could explode at you
Your can of hairspray could explode at you
25 Jun 2015

Your can of hairspray could explode at you

Absolutely do not leave any aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant sprays, spray paint or even whipped cream) in a car when it’s hot out.

If it goes beyond 120 degrees Celcius in the car, that can of hairspray you left lying on the seat could explode and damage the car or worse, seriously injure any passengers seated inside.

Shapewear could give you several different kinds of medical issues
Shapewear could give you several different kinds of medical issues
25 Jun 2015

Shapewear could give you several different kinds of medical issues

Yes, shapewear like Spanx is great for making you look slim around the hips and thighs, but it can also be detrimental for you in the long run. An American teenager was reported to have been suffering from abdominal pain, as well as numbness, pain and tingling in her leg for several months – because she wore the tight garment under her soccer uniform.

Other issues compression garments may cause include nerve problems, numbness, problems with digestion, heartburn from acid reflux, vaginal yeast infections and bladder infections. Most of these infections are commonly caused by the fact that people avoid going to the toilet because of the difficulty of removing their undergarments.

Our advice: Save the Spanx for special occasions and remove them ASAP!

Facial piercings could short-circuit your brain
Facial piercings could short-circuit your brain
25 Jun 2015

Facial piercings could short-circuit your brain

Nose rings, lip piercings and the like could come in contact with your facial trigeminal nerve, which connects your neural center to the physical sensations across your face.

If your piercing is mishandled, you’re at risk of a damaged cerebellum and vestibular nucleus, which causes the misalignment of your eyes and posture.

Choose the right kind of flip flops
Choose the right kind of flip flops
25 Jun 2015

Choose the right kind of flip flops

Notice how we walk differently when we wear them, as opposed to when we wear laced up shoes? Regular flat flip flops don’t cushion your heel and don’t support the arch of your foot, resulting in orthopedic pains and blisters.

To be on the safe side, you can choose to opt for special orthotic flip flops designed to help protect your feet with built-in arch support.

Wearing a tie could make you go blind
Wearing a tie could make you go blind
25 Jun 2015

Wearing a tie could make you go blind

Neckties, if worn too tight, could gently block your jugular vein (the blood vessel that allows blood to flow from your head to your heart) and cause pressure to your eyes.

Glaucoma, an eye disease caused by that same obstruction, can lead to permanent blindness unless treated early.

Contact lenses could also make you go blind
Contact lenses could also make you go blind
25 Jun 2015

Contact lenses could also make you go blind

Coloured contacts are all the rage, but without proper cleansing methods, they could very well be another medium to cause you to become blind.

Scientifically speaking, the lenses deter oxygen from entering your eyes and could result in the development of sight-threatening infections like keratitis. But don’t worry – you’ll be fine as long as you wash your lenses properly and don’t do anything risky like wearing them overnight or in the pool.

Long or large earrings could rip your ear
Long or large earrings could rip your ear
25 Jun 2015

Long or large earrings could rip your ear

A Canadian dancer who wore incredibly long earrings ripped them right out of her ears when her rings got caught on them as she brushed her hair away from her face. She continued to explain that her earlobes split in half and she had to have them surgically repaired. Ouch.

Large and heavy earrings, when worn repeatedly and for long hours, could also permanently stretch your piercing hole and could cause a gash in your fragile earlobe skin. Although earlobe repair is possible with today’s technology, it’s best to steer clear of both long and large earrings to be safe from any painful ear injuries.

High heels could cause muscle spasms and sharp pain
High heels could cause muscle spasms and sharp pain
25 Jun 2015

High heels could cause muscle spasms and sharp pain

Women who wear high heels are at risk of shortening their Achilles tendon (as well as muscles in their back and calves) because it tightens up too much when the heel remains in that position for long periods of time. Stretching the shortened muscle again by constantly wearing heels could lead to muscle spasms and sharp pain, which explains why heels start to hurt your feet after the first few hours of wearing them.

We know they give women the height and elongated legs we desire to have, but hey, platform shoes are another height-enhancing alternative, minus the heel!

Rings could make your finger lose its colour
Rings could make your finger lose its colour
25 Jun 2015

Rings could make your finger lose its colour

To avoid the situation where you have to try to yank out rings that get stuck on your fingers (ouch!), here’s a tip: Choose rings that allow you to adjust the size, so that you can save yourself when you notice the ring getting tighter.

Other than being a pain to remove, tight rings can cause the discoloration of your finger – a definite sign that your ring is obstructing the blood circulation there.

Headbands could cause headaches
Headbands could cause headaches
25 Jun 2015

Headbands could cause headaches

As we’ve said multiple times already, anything too tight will cause you pain. Headbands could become another painful fashion item if the size doesn’t fit your head. In this case, wearing tight headbands could lead to external compression headaches. Even pulling your hair back in a tight ponytail could strain the scalp, also causing a headache.

You can avoid this altogether by not wearing anything on your head for too long, or you could simply spend more time picking the right-sized accessories to match.

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