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If you're a fashion lover, you probably know that tight pants can look and feel great, but what you may not know is that wearing pants that are too tight can have some serious health consequences; here are 8 reasons why you should avoid tight pants. 

What Happens If Your Pants Are Too Tight

It seems like everywhere you look these days, people are wearing tight clothing and while they may be stylish, there are some serious dangers associated with wearing, in this case, pants that are too tight.

If you're wearing tight pants, you may be experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms. From pain in your stomach to difficulty walking or moving around, here are 8 reasons why you should avoid tight pants.

How tight is too tight?

If you're experiencing physical discomfort from your pants, it's likely that they're too tight. However, "too tight" is pretty subjective because what feels tight to one person may feel completely fine to another.

Symptoms of Wearing Tight Pants

If you're wearing pants that are too tight, you may experience:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Cramping
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Pressure Marks
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Restricted Movement

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor right away as wearing tight pants can cause serious health problems.

8 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Tight Pants

Here are 8 reasons why you should avoid wearing tight pants:

1. Triggers "Meralgia Paresthetica".

Tight pants like skinny jeans can trigger a nerve condition called "Meralgia Paresthetica", which occurs when tight pants press against the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, causing a tingling feeling in the thighs, pain or numbness, and weakness in the ankles and feet.

While this condition is usually temporary and goes away when switching to looser clothing, it is your body's way of indicating that something is wrong.

High heels can also exacerbate "Meralgia Paresthetica" by tilting the pelvis forward and further adding compression and strain.

2. Contributes to stomach problems.

If your pants are too tight, they not only cause pressure and discomfort but can push stomach acid up the esophagus and cause acid reflux and heartburn.

Clothing that is extremely tight around your stomach can cause a certain level of gastrointestinal upset because the intestines and stomach are unable to move freely and support the digestive process.

In the long run, repeated acid reflux leads to esophagitis — sophageal damage — and increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer making it painful and difficult to swallow. 

3. Adds to poor circulation.

Wearing tight pants adds to poor circulation which can be dangerous for those who are at risk for health issues like deep vein thrombosis or blood clots.

When your clothing is too tight, it reduces blood circulation to important parts of your body which can be a health risk if the clothing is worn for long periods of time.

4. Irritates skin conditions.

Tight-fitting clothes causes skin inflammation by trapping sweat and bacteria against the skin; this is particularly problematic for people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or who are prone to rashes.

Tight clothing lacks breathability and presses against the body causing dyes or chemicals within the fabric to rub on your skin all of which lead to chafing, redness, and irritation. As a result, it disturbs your delicate skin barrier leading to fungal, bacterial, or viral infections.

It also causes hair follicles on your legs to become infected; especially if you shave your legs and then wear tight leggings or pants.

5. Leads to yeast infections.

If you wear tight clothing — especially in hot or humid weather — you are more likely to get a yeast infection because the tight clothing will trap heat and moisture, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. 

To avoid yeast infections caused by tight clothing, wear loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics to allow your skin to breathe.

If you find that you are getting yeast infections frequently, it is important to visit a healthcare professional to rule out other possible causes.

Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis can have similar symptoms to yeast infections, but require different treatments, a healthcare professional will be able to help you determine the best course of action.

6. Leads to spine and muscle problems.

Tight pants causes to problems with your spine and muscles because tight clothing leads to bad posture and muscle imbalances. 

7. Can make you faint.

Pants that are too tight restrict your breathing and make it difficult for your lungs to get enough oxygen which causes dizziness and eventually passing out. In the long term, it can decrease your overall oxygen intake, which is harmful to your health. 

8. Can make it difficult to walk or move around.

If your pants are so tight that they restrict your movement, it can make it difficult to walk or even stand because the fabric is constricting your muscles and making it difficult for them to move.

Wearing tight clothing can make you look slimmer and feel more confident and — while wearing whatever makes you feel good is important — it's also important to be aware of the potential risks of tight clothing so that you can make informed decisions about what to wear.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, go see a doctor right away as wearing tight pants can cause serious health problems.

About the Author Vanessa Miller

I'm Vanessa, a 28-year-old who loves styling clothing in a fun and unique way!

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