As New York fashion week approaches many will be tempted to take a cue from the models on the runways. The problem is, while these crazes can help empower and boost self-confidence for some, doctors warn there are more than a few that can cause harm and even make us sick.
FoxNews.com sat down with a few doctors to discuss some popular fashion trends that can be a cause for concern.
1. Skinny Jeans: Both men and women have embraced tight-fitting jeans but internist Dr. Keri Peterson says people should think twice before squeezing into their favorite pair.
“Jeans can press into the nerves supplying the thigh so you can get numbness at the side of the thigh with some tingling,” Dr. Peterson told FoxNews.com, adding that the sensation can lead some patients to believe that they are having a stroke or something more serious.
Additionally, she said that the pressure that the jeans can add to the abdomen can lead to an exacerbation of acid reflux.
Dr. Peterson said that fashion lovers don’t have to give up skinny jeans all together, but there are ways to wear them safely. She said that consumers should wear them for short periods of time and that as a general rule of thumb is they should not be holding around the waist too tightly when seated.
2. Tight ponytails and buns: These hairstyles have always been a go-to for women who are looking for a clean, classic look. However, Dr. Peterson says that both women and men should loosen the ponytail or lose it all together.
Pulling tightly on the hair follicles for an extended period of time can lead to a condition called traction alopecia which causes permanent hair-loss.
The solution is simple: loosen the strength of the pull and make sure that there isn’t any discomfort or tension.
3. High heels: While many believe the right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine says high heels have the potential to break something more serious.
According to Dr. Levine, there is a laundry list of issues that arise when women wear high heels; like lateral ankle sprain, stress fractures, worsening of bunions, hammertoes, neuroma pain and burning under the balls of the foot.
Dr. Levine said that while it’s not necessary to kick off the heels just yet, wearers should plan accordingly. “[Take] another pair of shoes with you. If you are going to wear that four-inch heel for dinner, you can’t expect to wear that all day if you’re running around the office,” she said.
She also said there are stretching and strengthening exercises that can be done to prepare feet and ankles for high heels.
4. Gel manicures: This nail treatment has become very popular recently because they last longer and dry quicker under a U.V. light than traditional manicures.
Dermatologist, Dr. Eric Schweiger, says that this convenience may come at a serious price if consumers not careful. Much like tanning, over exposure to the U.V. light that dries the nails can lead to “photo damage to the hand that can result in increased aging of the skin and also increased risk of skin cancer.”
To decrease the likelihood of these affects, Dr. Schweiger says that exposure to the light should be limited by getting gel manicures less frequently. He also suggests wearing gloves with the fingertips cut out to protect the hand from the damaging light.