Last Updated on May 6, 2022 by Jim Kein Kein
Wearing a bra that is too small causes a lot of irritation to the skin. Not washing it after each use can make you feel uncomfortable with some sort of medical issue. The reason for this is because when the material is not washed, it doesn’t feel very clean and our body is telling us that we are putting dirty clothing on by giving off an odor or troubling itchiness.
A sports bra is like a bra but for athletes. It provides support to the breasts while they’re participating in physical activities like running or aerobics. They are made of stronger material and are therefore more effective at reducing pain and discomfort that may come with sports-related movements. There are sports bras made just for outerwear, which people typically wear during milder activity like walking around town. And rather than making you feel claustrophobic, they actually have extra room between their material and elasticity so that you have maximum comfort while staying fit!
What to Do When You Notice Rashes From a Sports Bra
Athletic bras come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they’re not created equal. In fact, some athletes don’t even consider them effective because they get chafed when working out and perspiring as nature takes its course during an exercise routine. As you sweat during your workout and practice sporting events, the sweat and dampness that accumulates within your bra can cause skin irritation around the breast region. Thankfully, choosing the right athletic bra combined with good hygiene can alleviate this uncomfortable condition. Some mild cases will go away on their own; intense irritation may require prescription medications from your doctor.
Rash Gotten From a Sports Bra
If the rash does not persist and it is small, you may be able to treat it at home. Wash the area with mild soap and water to keep it clean. Pat your skin dry. Wash your sports bra after each use because allowing perspiration to dry on the bra, then wearing it again can cause further irritation. Cotton bras are usually a better choice compared to synthetic materials as they do not retain sweat or body odor as much as synthetic materials do which makes them more likely to irritate the skin. In some cases a rash may appear further down in the cleavage area or under the breast or buttocks when mixed with residue from laundry detergent. Try switching to an unscented brand of laundry detergent and/or allow laundry detergent residue time to completely evaporate before putting your clothes back on.
Treating the Rash
Treat your rash by using a thick moisturizer and hydrocortisone cream to soothe the area and help facilitate healing once you have washed away any soap or lotion residue. If the rash is dry, like one caused by eczema, going braless in a loose-fitting top that breathes can be beneficial as well. Cool compresses can help take care of any itching or irritation by simply keeping areas cool. When your rash becomes too severe for home remedies, seek professional medical attention because you might need topical antibiotics to find relief from this uncomfortable problem.
Keep Yourself Dry
In addition to a bra adding a bit of extra padding, tight bras can tend to create sweaty spots as well. Overweight people are more prone towards this problem since their breast are larger than others in general. This is because the breast sweat glands collect beneath it and erupt in the form of a skin rash such as intertrigo, which is more dearly found near the underbust area. It becomes even very difficult for those who have diabetes, but it can happen to anyone anywhere on any body part that experiences pressure and heat for long periods at a time. To prevent this from happening, I would suggest not wearing your bra for longer than necessary during a day. You might also consider using hair dryer to help lift up the skin away from your breast area so that any accumulated sweat would come out more easily and you could minimize skin rashes like intertrigo.
Choosing Your Bra
Don’t go for underwire bras and look out for serious seams that might cause chaffing. If you’ve put on a little weight, try to adjust your bra using the elasticated section at the back of the bra which can be helpful if you’re looking to lose just a few pounds, but bigger adjustments need to be made with a larger clothing purchase. Bear in mind that all bras are liable to give out after about one hundred washes – once the elastic loses its elasticity – at this point it may make more sense to buy another one.
How to Properly Wash & Care for a Sports Bra
You probably wear your sports bra during all of your workouts, and it provides the kind of support you need to do jumping jacks, pushups, sit-ups and other exercises. But even with this degree of activity, you can keep the style looking clean and new by laundering it properly whenever it’s sweaty or soiled from a yoga class. This helps retain its fashion-forward looks while keeping your active wardrobe up to par.
Hand washing is a better option than machine washing when it comes to keeping your favorite bras in good shape. When you regularly machine wash your bras, detergent residue builds up in the fabric and can cause the bra to smell over time. To avoid this problem, opt for a different type of soap each time you hand wash your sports bras. Machine washing is still recommended for frequently worn bras, or those that don’t get put away right after they’re worn. If you have lightly soiled sports bras that need cleaning, consider washing them by hand every once in awhile to give them a refresh.
Wash After Every Use
You should wash your sports bra after every workout to remove unwanted odors, but even if your sports bra doesn’t smell, it should be washed every so often. If you’re not in the habit of doing so already, tossing your sports bra back into its drawer will cause bacteria and fungi to build up within in the bra’s fibers. Your breast may behave differently as well – you might develop a rash or break out with acne if it goes unchecked! You might also experience nipple chafing or get a bacterial infection or even contract a yeast infection if you don’t wash your sports bras immediately after use. So take off your unmentionables right away when you return home and give them a good scrubbing then too!
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