If you’ve been on social media lately you’ve probably heard about the case of Audree Kopp and her glitter hair tie. Basically, the girl from Kentucky developed a pretty serious bacterial infection (three of them by the end of it) from storing the hair tie around her wrist, like many people do. After a large abscess developed that was unaffected by antibiotics, Kopp eventually had to have emergency surgery to remove it.
The story went viral, sparking much debate and public service-type articles denouncing the common practice due to the potential health risks and raising awareness about things like macerated skin treatment. One story from the pop culture news site Fusion.net gave a list of other common female accessories that you should watch out for. One of the examples they give is bras and their potential need for macerated skin treatment.
The material itself can sometimes cause rashes on a wearer’s skin due to one of the three types of adhesive allergies: irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, or immediate allergic reactions, similar to a rash from bandage adhesive. Usually a typical rash is best treated with a topical corticosteroid, either with an over-the-counter product such as hydrocortisone 1% cream or with a stronger version available by prescription only.
While annoying and obtrusive, these conditions are usually nothing to be too concerned with. However, bras can also cause conditions like intertrigo, which can cause bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Human skin is composed of three layers of tissue: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The epidermis is the one most affected by this condition, which is caused by excessive moisture in the area and usually requires skin maceration treatment. If wound care treatments are neglected in the region, this can exasperate the problem.
Tape Relief is the only product of it’s kind and one of the best ways to treat maceration wound care. In addition, keep your skin dry and try an over-the-counter antifungal cream at the first sign of anything out of the ordinary.