Bra Stains – Ever noticed round brownish or greyish patches inside the cups of your bras? Usually found in the area where the nipple touches the fabric.
Perhaps, the bra stains are not brown or grey rather yellow, white, green or even blood stain inside those cups. Pay attention to these weirds stains, because it’s your body sending you important messages about your health. Below listed will help you decode these messages:
Thick White Or Greenish
Women who have been pregnant, or breastfed an infant, and especially if they are in the 30s or 40s may discover their nipples excrete greenish or white fluid when touched or squeezed. This type of fluid is often normal, but if there exist other abnormal symptoms in the breasts or nipples, you should visit your health adviser.
Clear Or Yellow
Yellow fluid may be collected in the nipple ducts and excreted once in a while. This could be hormonal changes or growth changes within the ducts. If you observe such a stain, visit your health adviser.
Grey Or Brown Stains
Grey and brown stains are the most common type of bra stains. It is often due to a release in normal body oils from the ducts in the nipples. The breast is made up of lymphatic tissues and glands that terminates in small openings in the nipple.
The nipple also has small holes called Montgomery’s tubercles found around the areolar whose function is to moisturize the nipple and protect it during breastfeeding. Aside from nursing a baby, the nipple and areolar may excrete a small amount of oil which builds up inside the bra.
Some people believe a brown patch may also be a pointer to the presence of excess toxins in the body, which is eliminated through the lymphatic system. A study in 2009 proved that the tissues found in the breast are very sensitive to environmental factors such as pollutants and chemicals. You can prevent this by using natural products at home and detoxify through supplements or diet.
White And Flaky
A white and flaky film often forms on the nipple surface, it is normal and can be washed off during the shower. You may see this film inside your bra.
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When You Should Worry About Your Bra Stains
If you are not pregnant, breastfeeding or recently weaned, and don’t have an infection, if you observe a spontaneous nipple discharge that is more than a darkened spot in your bra – you should see your health adviser about it. Get it checked especially if the discharge is only from one breast, or you observe blood stains. When the nipple releases fluids without being squeezed or touched, that’s a clue to something unusual, see your health adviser.
Ask your health adviser to check for conditions such as clogging of the breast ducts, hypothyroidism or non-cancerous pituitary tumors. These might also be a sign of breast cancer.
You may experience pain and soreness around menstruation.
Other Nipple Conditions You Should Know About
Pain During Menstruation: nipples can be painful during menstruation during that time of the month due to water retention. Wear a sports bra or forego the bra underwire can help keep you comfortable during this period.
Allergy Or Eczema: sore, itchy or inflamed nipples may be a response to exposure to toxic products, fabrics or chemicals. Switch to a natural product or breathable textiles
Ectasia: Women in their 40s sometimes experience ectasia. This is a condition where a milk duct widens and becomes clogged. This should be professionally treated to avoid infection.
How To Take Good Care Of Your Breasts And Nipples
The skin and mammary tissue is sensitive and should only be washed with water. A loofah or washcloth can be used for massage and exfoliation to keep skin healthy and prevent trapping of bacteria in the skin pores. Dry gently with a towel to prevent friction or irritation.
If you participate in contact sports or vigorous activities like running, protect the nipples by wearing a well-fitted bra and you can even lubricate or cover them for comfort.
How To Take Good Care Of Your Bras
If you want to increase your bra-life, you should treat them with care. Wash bras in cold water and with gentle detergent. Avoid wringing them, squeeze with a towel and hang by the middle piece between the cups.
Most women tend to have a favorite bra, the bra they tend to wear time and again, its advisable to wash your bras after few wears to prevent a buildup of stains and residues.
Other Reasons You Would be Having Bra Stains
Deodorant: deodorants which contain aluminum will cause bra discoloration when mixed with sweat. Change deodorants and wash bras in cold water after excessive sweating.
Washing with other colors: washing your delicate wears with your hand is great, if you want to soak your bra with other clothes of different color groups, you may find the whites getting dingy. Wash whites and pastels separately and away from other color groups, especially red lingerie which bleeds out all the time.
Drying in sunlight: leaving your unmentionables to dry as opposed to the use of dryers is the right thing to do, but dry them in the shade. UV rays from the sun can bleach and damage your fabrics over time.
Bras are an ever-present everyday item, ladies don’t often accord them the respect they deserve.
Give your breasts and their garments some TLC, this will you get better health, well-being and long-lasting bras.
– Oluwatosin Jegede