Bras are really functional underwear. No matter what brand, material, type and colour you are wearing, bras should always serve its purpose. Bras support your breasts and keep them in place and also keep your nipples’ traces invisible when you wear a dress. And when the day’s gone tough, and even in fine days, there are sure some incidents that your bras are itching you. You will feel discomfort and uneasiness. That should be avoided for this complication may lead to serious matters. Bras should always be comfortable and easy to wear.
Itchiness or bra allergies are possible if your skin is too sensitive for the constructions of the bra. If it is not compatible to the material, metal or elastic in bras, then you will sure experience rashes around your breasts like latex allergy. Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to latex. Latex is the material used to make bra elastic. If your skin does not response well and is not resistant to latex then you will most likely suffer from allergic reactions. Allergic reactions include dryness, itching, burning, scaling, conjunctivitis and lesions of the skin. The reactions can go worse if it spreads and lasts longer. So if you are suffering with latex allergies, talk to your doctor. You can take Antihistamines to treat itching, hives and redness due to latex protein. And it will be advisable to wear bras that do not have latex. You can wear cotton bras.
Few people have nickel allergies when the bra clips are made of nickel and they are allergic to it. In these cases, you can use clips and snaps that are made of plastic or some other metal. Emollient cream will alleviate the dryness and itch! of dermatitis. If this cannot be cured, it will become itchy and your skin will be infected and even bleed. You can even apply 1% of hydrocortisone base cream on the infected spots twice or thrice a day to ease the itchiness. So you need to be careful on choosing and wearing bras that will not just fit you perfectly, but will be compatible with your skin.
Unwashed bras are the common cause of allergies in wearing bras. Bras should always be clean, free of dirt and sweat. It is always wise that when you purchase new bras, wash them first before you wear them. If you are sweaty, wash your bras after every use to avoid perspiration and body oils to linger in your bras. Wash them properly and separately from other laundries. You just need to follow these tips to avoid discomforts in wearing your bras.
Study in Index
- 1 All about bra
- 1.1 Benefits of a sports bra
- 1.2 Compression sports bra
- 1.3 Encapsulation sports bra
- 1.4 What to look for in a itch-free sports bra?
- 1.5 What type of bra you should wear to avoid itch?
- 1.6 Comfortable maternity bra
- 1.7 How to maintain your bra itch-free?
- 1.8 Quick tips on bra care
- 1.9 Prevention or treatment of bra allergy and itches
All about bra
Benefits of a sports bra
Sports bras are good for women’s health because they offer the adequate support that is needed during certain activities such as exercising or sports. If the breasts are not properly supported they can cause problems later such as sagging or the muscles can weaken or even tear. This type of bra can also help women avoid back problems in the future. If you exercise regularly you should always wear a sports bra during workouts whether you are doing low or high impact exercises. It can also help with posture and balance.
Compression sports bra
Although to most people they all look-alike there are many options on the market. However, the two main types are compression style and encapsulation style. The compression bra is most popular of the two and it is designed to minimise movement by pressing the breasts flat against the chest. This option is not designed for large cup size especially during high impact activities so it is mostly worn by women with an A or B cup.
Encapsulation sports bra
This option is for women with large breast and generally looks like regular bras with under wires. They offer a lot of support because this bra harnesses each breast individually as opposed to the compression type that compresses them as a single unit. This bra was created so that each part of it helps to support the breast which takes some of the weight off the shoulders. Many women with large breast often complain about back problems so for cases like these the encapsulation bra is ideal.
What to look for in a itch-free sports bra?
When you are shopping for a sports bra there are certain things to look for, first of all it must have breathability. This means that the bra will allow a cooling flow of air during workouts or other strenuous activities. This is very important because the body tends to get very hot and sweaty during exercise so the bra helps to cool you down. You should also look for a sports bra that doesn’t rub on the skin or will chafe the skin. Make sure that the bra is at least 25 percent Lycra because anything less than this won’t be strong enough to sufficiently compress the breasts. You must make sure that the bra fits your body properly, if the band around the lower chest is able to shift, then the fit is wrong. Also pay close attention to the bra strap, if it digs into your shoulder then find another type as this will be very uncomfortable.
What type of bra you should wear to avoid itch?
Upon heading into that stylish boutique or large department store, mounds of styles and shapes circle all around you. All bras are not created equally, however, and trying one on is a definite must before wrapping it up and carrying it out of the store. Over the years, the fashion industry has developed certain rules that one must follow when wearing a bra.
1. Don’t wear a bra that is too small to flaunt cleavage
Donning a bra that too tight will inevitability cause discomfort and sometimes pain for the wearer. A general rule of thumb is that if you find yourself using the loosest closure, and it is still restrictive, you must go up a band size. Some woman also fall victim to the ‘four-boob effect’, which looks as bad as it sounds. This unsightly problem occurs when the bra cup is not large enough for the bust in question. The bra then tightly constricts the breasts in the middle, causing a bulge of breast spillage. Your breasts should fit snugly, yet comfortably, inside a proper fitting bra.
2. Don’t wear a bra that is too large
After hearing the last rule, this one isn’t a surprise. When sporting loose undergarments, women run the risk of sagging. A bra that does not have enough tension in the band can ride up in the back, causing the breasts to lose firm support in the front. You can combat this by getting a proper fitting at your local department store.
3. A woman should own at least one nude bra
You can wear nude colours under anything. A common misconception that women have is that they must wear a white bra under a white blouse. The proper thing to do is to wear a nude colour which minimises a bra outline. The bra of choice under sheer clothing is also nude.
4. Don’t let your bra straps show
Conscious attempts are made by most women to hide bra straps as it looks unstylish when bra straps is seen by the public. There are many bra styles that a woman can wear to hide straps while wearing any outfit. Adjusting straps to hide it beneath clothes also cause bra itch and rash.
5. Toss your bra when it falls apart
Wires and safety pins inside your bra shouldn’t poke you. If you find yourself holding on to a bra that is falling apart, get rid of it and buy a new one. Once you have worn a bra many times, its effectiveness is seriously compromised.
Keep these rules in mind and you’ll never be caught looking less than fabulous whatever shape or size of your boobs are.
Comfortable maternity bra
The greatest thing about the maternity bra industry is that it is constantly evolving. New and improved maternity bras are released fairly often. When you ask friends or relatives for advice, keep in mind how long ago it was that they wore a maternity bra. A bra that worked well for them may now be outdated, while one that was formerly a lesser option may have been improved to the point where it is a top maternity bra on the market. Here are a few tips to keep in mind and questions you should ask when considering your choices:
1. If you will be breastfeeding, you should wait until the third trimester before purchasing a nursing or maternity bra. This is when the breasts will be at their largest and they will normally stay that size until you stop breastfeeding.
2. Regardless of whether or not you will be breastfeeding, the most important part of choosing a maternity bra is comfort. The cup needs to provide a smooth fit without puckering. A maternity bra should fit comfortably at its tightest hook, as this will allow for the expansion of the material over time.
3. The best plan is to choose a comfortable soft cup maternity bra made of cotton. This is even more important if you have tender breasts. As you try on a maternity bra, ask yourself if you could sleep in it. If the answer is no, then put it back on the shelf.
4. A lacy maternity bra or one with underwire is probably not a great idea. There is a lot of sensitive tissue underneath and around the breast and compressing that with an underwire maternity bra will be very uncomfortable.
5. Look for a maternity bra with wide-width, padded shoulder straps. The weight of the breasts becomes a burden as you go along and the last thing you need is a maternity bra with straps that leave painful marks on your shoulders.
6. You could also choose to purchase a nursing bra rather than a maternity bra. They are usually similar in cost. If you plan on nursing, does it make sense to buy a maternity bra, and then have to go out and replace it with a nursing bra later.
How to maintain your bra itch-free?
Let’s face it. A bra is a fragile piece of fashion equipment. Finding that perfect bra is a priceless experience, but it is usually short-lived. One trip through the dryer, and the dream will quickly turn into an A-cup nightmare.
The best way to hold on to the bra you truly love is to treat it with respect, and the first rule is to always wash by hand. The only exception is the bra you don’t care about, and there’s not reason to wear this one anyway. There’s a solid line between the clothing you care about, and want to last a life-time, and the mere textiles you wash with high heat, then throw in the dryer.
1. The temperature factor
So, rule number one is treat your bra with respect by hand-washing. Not only will a machine destroy elastic stretchiness, but heat will cause the bra to shrink as well. High termperature ends a bra’s value permanently. If you want support from your intimates, you have to give support.
Allow your bra to air naturally or drip-dry. If you attempt to squeeze it, it may become misshapen, and the purpose of a bra is to create that perfect shape you found upon purchase. Use cold water, no matter how you end up washing your bra.
Secondly, use detergent specifically made for delicates. The harsh chemicals in normal detergent are even more harmful than hot water. Not only will these chemicals affect the elasticity of your bra, but they’ll also turn soft delicates into scratchy regrets.
2. It’s no secret, use a bag
Lingerie bags are everywhere, and finding one for your unique needs is a matter of delicacy. Your bra deserves the deluxe treatment, so if you must machine wash, use a bag for your delicates. You can always tell when underwear tumbles about with the main load. It picks up stains, and occasionally the support material will ripple and become noticeably misshapen.
So, remember that shape and texture are at the mercy of your washing techniques. After washing, find a clean, flat area to dry your bra separately. Be sure no to invert the cup or to store your bras folded into each other. [ Refer How to Make Large Breasts Firm and Likeable ]
3. Some words about using bra
Remember to rotate your bras, and you’ll be able to increase their lifespan dramatically. If bras air between use, they won’t suffer from frequent washings in a matter of weeks or days. Care, respect, and the best detergent will go a long way toward a long, comfortable relationship with your intimates.
Quick tips on bra care
- Never wear your bra two days in a row. Bras get worn out easily.
- Store them correctly
- Possibly hand-wash bra
- Do not dry bra in direct sunlight
- Use gentle detergent
- Wash them in the right temperature. Nylon can be machine washed warm and tumble dried at a low temperature.
- If you’re using machines for all types of bra’s, buy a lingerie bag.
- Use a soft cycle and wash them in a light load
- Alcohol free detergents are best
- Hang drying lingerie is a must
- Always wash lingerie below 40°C
Prevention or treatment of bra allergy and itches
Bacteria and fungi are everywhere, but sometimes they set up shop on the skin and cause a rash. Warm, moist areas – like under the breasts – are more prone to these skin rashes than other areas of the body. Fungal and bacterial infections are common culprits, but skin allergies and even the chronic skin disorder psoriasis can lead to itchy skin rashes under the breasts. Keeping skin clean and dry, looking out for possible allergic triggers and seeing a dermatologist when necessary can prevent rashes from coming back.
Home remedies to treat and prevent bra itches
Here’s a list of some easy, homemade remedies to calm down the bra itch:
- Baking Soda – Make a compress by adding 1/3 cup of baking soda to a gallon of water, then soak a wash cloth in the solution, and apply to the itch. Alternately, you can make a paste of 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/8 cup water, and a teaspoon of salt, and apply it directly to the skin. Note: This should not be used on broken skin. For a widespread bra itch, add 1 cup baking soda to your bathwater and soak for 30-60 minutes.
- Banana Peel – The inside of a banana peel can be used to treat many skin conditions, bra itches included. Simply cut off a piece of ripe banana peel a few inches long, and rub it on the itchy skin for a couple minutes, several times a day. This works best even for bug bites and stings.
- Oatmeal – Add 1 or 2 cups of finely ground oatmeal to your warm bath water and soak in the tub for about 10 minutes. The fats in oatmeal act as lubricants and create a gelatinous residue on your skin helping to lock in moisture and combat dryness. Make sure the oats are finely ground to a powder, otherwise they will be too heavy and just sink to the bottom of the tub.
- Epsom Salts – Mix a big handful of epsom salts into your warm bath water and soak in it for as long as you like. Epsom salts have antibacterial qualities and promote healing.
- Vinegar – Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your bath water and soak for as long as you like. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and its acidity helps cool the skin and combat the lingerie itch. You can also make a really easy anti-itch rub using just raw apple cider vinegar and water – recipe can be found here.
- Aloe Vera – Used mainly for burns, aloe vera is also a very good anti-itch treatment since the same its anti-inflammatory properties also work on itchy skin! Either snap off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and rub the gel on your skin, or you can purchase a natural aloe vera gel (like this one) and apply it liberally to the skin several times a day.
- Bath Oil – An easy homemade bath oil can be made by mixing 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a tall glass of milk. Apply all over the body and let it sit for 10 minutes, then have a bath in lukewarm water and dry your skin off gently.
- Lemon – A natural anesthetic and anti-inflammatory, lemon juice has been used as an anti-itch treatment for hundreds of years. Apply the juice directly to the lingerie itch and let it air dry.
- Herbal Compress – Basil, mint, and thyme have anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties to help numb the itch and reduce inflammation. Make a tea with either of these herbs by adding 1/2 to 1 ounce of dried leaves into a pint of boiling water. Cover and let it cool, and then strain it, dip a wash cloth into the tea and apply as a compress to affected areas.