Way back in school, there were many incidents of underwears being lost or stolen and it always amazed me.
I remember as kids, under panties were not shared and if one had to do away with old ones, moms would cut them up in pieces and burn them so that scavengers would not re-use them. The belief that spiritual harm could be caused to the owner if it fell into the wrong hands fueled this practice.
Yesterday, I was discussing with my dear friend and she said she had a question for me.
‘Likita, is it good to give away used undies especially panties?’
Then she me asked me about second hand under wears; for men, women and children.
The popular flea markets, a.k.a second hand or bend down boutiques, offer people the joys of feeling like a million bucks when they buy some quality items for less.
In my practice, many patronisers have made complaints of strange coloured substances on panties which for me, are a huge turn off.Many of them know the health risks but they tell me the price overshadow the health hazards.
Some even tell me ‘Doctor, the trick is to wash with detergent and bleach.’
I told my friend that I feel that some undergarments like slips a.k.a ‘Nigerian shimee’, maybe be shared but that I feel that under panties are too intimate to be shared.
Whatever you call your underwear, it’s an integral part of everyone’s wardrobe. It comes in all shapes, sizes, styles, and fabrics. We invest in these small squares of fabric, and these ‘delicates’ contain our most delicate anatomy.
Infections like vaginal and skin candidiasis, scabies, tinea infections, chicken pox, gonorrhoea, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C can be linked to wearing underwear previously used by infected persons.
The risk of infection is heightened when users fail to wash, properly disinfect, and iron these undergarments to kills eggs.
I advise that one should avoid sharing used under panties or second hand under panties. This is because some bacteria are very resistant and can survive harsh conditions for long periods on fabrics. Regular wash may not get rid of some of the bacteria especially those that come with discharge from the body of the previous user. Yuck!
It’s true that there are great risks in using second hand under panties. STIs are the most likely ones. This practice should be discouraged in the interest of healthy living.
I love you, I love your health.
Your favourite family physician,