Women's fashions may be harmful to health

Sometimes women's fashions can be harmful to their health. (Source: CNN)
Sometimes women's fashions can be harmful to their health. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - It's not easy being a woman.

Most women want to keep up with the latest fashion and look attractive, but sometimes we have to tailor what we wear to ensure we stay healthy.

High heels are a great example of a fashion item that can be hazardous for a woman's health.

"If they start to get over 2 inches, you start to run into all kinds of foot problems ranging from hammer toes to nerve damage, and even problems in the leg," Dr. Sharon Bergquist said.

Experts say to wear high heels in moderation.

Many women wear skinny jeans, but the key is to make sure they're not too tight.

"You can start to see stomach-related problems such as bloating, indigestion, or heart burn, as well as nerve-related problems from nerves getting pinched and irritated, which would cause burning, numbness, some sensitivity changes in the thigh," Bergquist said.

And what about what you were under those jeans? What your underwear is made of is probably more important than the cut.

She recommends "more delicate materials like silk or breathable cotton that doesn't trap in humidity."

Dangly earrings are popular, but if they are too heavy they can elongate the hole in your ear, and if they get snagged on something you can tear your earlobe.

Wearing earrings that contain nickel can give some people a rash.

As with all fashion items, wear them for a short period of time and just be smart. Looking goofy without damaging your health is what it's all about.

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