Whether it's due to laziness or lack of detergent, many women simply don't change their underwear. In fact, it's more common than you may think. Wearing the same undies over and over again is not only unhygienic, but unhealthy. Here are the dangers of not changing your underwear on a daily basis.
Not changing your underwear can lead to serious health issues that can be easily avoided by changing your underwear on a daily basis.
Itchy skin is a consequence of a combination of things that happen to our body throughout the day. Sweating, the process through which we shed toxins via salty water, is the foremost reason because these toxins and salts make us want to scratch ourselves and can be irritants if not washed off regularly. Dead skin build up can also cause itchy skin and boils. Lastly, itchiness can happen due to microbe infestations which are common in dirty areas which aren't cleaned or dried.
Our nether regions are home to a host of dirt and bacteria. While it is true that our vaginal canal is self-cleaning, the same doesn't apply to our external genitalia, which needs to be washed and aired thoroughly. However, even if you clean yourself, not changing into fresh undies is criminal. This is because the bacteria and traces of discharge from undies you wore the previous day can get smelly. If that wasn't reason enough to change, here's a fun fact to brighten up your day: There is one-tenth of a gram of fecal matter in most people's underwear. All in all, remember to ensure that your lady parts get the requisite amount of fresh air, through clean cotton panties.
Fungal infections primarily happen when we wash and don't dry. This is because yeast thrives in moist surroundings. So, apart from taking Shailene Woodley's advice on sunning your vagina, you should definitely remember to change into clean, dry underwear, daily.
URINARY TRACK INFECTION (UTI)
The urinary tract is very susceptible to infections, especially if you wear thongs a lot. This is because thongs lead to the transmission of colonic bacteria to other parts, like the vagina and the urinary tract, leading to infections. Bacteria settled in your underwear for a long time can have the same effect on your body, so change your underwear!
SORES AND RASHES
If you are lucky and very particular about personal hygiene, the last time you had rashes down there was when you were a little baby and had to wear diapers all day. If not, the big sister of itchy skin, the skin rash, will visit you and make skin irritated and angry. This happens when skin gets inflamed in response to bacterial and fungal infections. Too much moisture is a big cause of rashes, as are toxic particles of excreta which get trapped in our underwear.
Chafing happens when the skin is injured due to constant rubbing. This happens because the salt from our sweat rubs our skin and the friction causes abrasions. As a result, it first becomes red and sore. If it worsens, it can go on to peel and bleed. Wet or damp skin can worsen this. So, wear soft fabrics which let your skin breathe, and change underwear if it is even remotely wet. If you sweat too much, use some talcum powder. Try a diaper rash cream to treat this problem.
PUBIC LICE AND SCABIES
Pubic hair, for those who choose to not remove it, also needs maintenance. Pubic lice, better known as 'crabs' are tiny brown or red organisms which resemble crabs and are found near the root of the pubic hair. While they are sexually transmitted in most cases, they can spread through close contact between humans. How does clean and fresh underwear affect this equation? Crabs need the damp warmth of the human body to survive. Pubic scabies is also mites which spread similarly and depend on human blood. So, while poor hygiene cannot cause these disease, the solution in both cases involves ensuring your underwear is clean and dry.
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