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Your Spanx are trying to kill you. Or at least according to the concerned citizens over at Huffington Post, which spoke with gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson about the effects that longterm shapewear use can have on the body. Such fun medical joys include rendering the wearer incontinent, burping up acid reflex and the general organ choke holds.
Some caveats to remember here: It's a rare bird who wears Spanx more than once or twice a week, many of the issues below are reversible and who hasn't peed a little while wearing a fancy dress, right? Right? Take a look at the possible maladies below.
1. Erosive esophagitis: Since shapewear doesn't just squeeze the fleshy outside bits of the body, but also the organs, it can leave your "stomach, intestine and colon compressed, which Dr. Kuemmerle says can worsen acid reflux and heartburn. Restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis."
2. Stifled digestion: Bloating, gas and abdominal discomfort result from a digestive track so compressed that it can't contract to move food along well.
3. Shallow breath: "When you inhale, your diaphragm expands and your abdomen flares out, Dr. Erickson says, but shapewear restricts this movement and decreases the excursion in respiration."
4. Exacerbated bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome: "In someone who has weakness down below and a tendency towards incontinence increasing intra-abdominal pressure can certainly provoke episodes of incontinence."
5. Stress incontinence: That thing where you avoid going to the bathroom because of the shapewear and then "you leak.""
6. Meralgia paresthetica: Caused by sitting in shapewear, the reversible condition occurs with compression of the peripheral nerve in the thigh. Tingling, numbness and pain in the legs result.
7. Varicose veins and blood clots: Decreased circulation from sitting in shapewear can lead to blood clots as well as varicose veins and lymph congestion. Say hello to swollen ankles.
8. Pathetic, sad, weak muscles: Relying on shapewear for posture allows torso muscle to take the night off.
9. Yeast and bacterial infections: Get ready for some gross words. "Dr. Mikhail says that the most common infection she sees is folliculitis, since bacteria often gets trapped among hair follicles and causes red puss-filled bumps." The sweaty among us are most in danger.
We've reached out to Spanx for comment, but it's safe to say that right now they're fairly busy outfitting everyone in Hollywood with red carpet base layers.
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