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A woman’s relationship with her foundation garments is an interesting one.
Robustly endowed (excuse the pun) ladies might argue that considering the internal manipulation they are capable of achieving with just a mere patch of fabric is a point of power and victory.
As it turns out power and comfort are not mutually exclusive.
But what I’m more concerned with is in understanding why I feel that sense of dynamism in the first place.
I have the rash under my breasts and around the groin area,' says Caroline, who is chief executive of the charity Guillain-Barre Syndrome Support Group.
'It's important to make sure the area remains clean and dry.
If you ask my mother, she will never tell you that she feels better when she’s not wearing a bra.
Call me profane but as far as I can tell, the slight glance of a nipple appears far more, dare I say, elegant when peeping through my blouse than does a bra. And when I do, my nipples will spare no detectable remorse.
It could be extremely sore and sometimes it would bleed.
At night I'd want to hold my bust up because it was so painful.'The problem starts when the skin under the breasts rubs against them, causing irritation.
Because the area is warm and moist, it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria or yeast which are found naturally on the skin.
These multiply, causing the rash to become infected.'The smell was the worst thing, and no amount of showering or using cream seemed to get rid of it,' says Tina, who lives with her husband David, 66, a retired local government officer. Intertrigo is a fungal, bacterial or viral infection of broken skin.
As well as large-chested women, it is a common problem among overweight or obese people, and can occur in other parts of the body such as the folds of the skin around the groin or buttocks, armpits, and even behind the ears.'Intertrigo becomes more common as cupsizes go up, but it's more to do with the shape of the breasts than the size - even someone with small breasts could suffer intertrigo if they sagged and rubbed the skin,' says Dr Graham Johnston, a consultant dermatologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary.'It's especially common as ladies get older and after they've had children.