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There are many simple pleasures in the summer — eating a snow cone on a hot day, batting at a beach ball in the pool. But one major downside is the dreaded boob sweat that accompanies the heat. No one likes the feeling of their beach balls being soaked in perspiration. A drenched sports bra is a killjoy. Not just that: Boob sweat can cause skin rashes and bacterial infections as well, says Alyssa Golas, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. She says candida loves a moist, warm, dark environment — like your underboob. You could end up with a fungal, bacterial, or yeast infection on the skin, which can be itchy and painful, and may even require a prescription cream to treat. (If you notice symptoms such as continuous itching, spots, or split skin, you may want to talk to a doctor.)Boob sweat can plague anyone in the summer, especially during workouts. But some women are more likely to deal with the nuisance, including those who have bigger breasts and folks going through hormonal changes such as pregnancy, nursing, or menopause, explains Maryann Mikhail, MD, a dermatologist at The University of Miami.It’s super common, and typically harmless. The strategies here — listed from least to most extreme — should help you stay dry. “You shouldn’t be embarrassed by it,” Dr. Golas adds. “The majority of women with large breasts have this problem, but they don’t want to talk about it. But once they know it’s common, it’s easier to discuss and treat.” Preach, Golas, preach! Powder upDust on a sweat-fighting body powder like Hiki’s, says Dr. Golas. An anti-chafing powder may help too, she says. (Not a lubricant stick or petroleum jelly, which is meant to keep things feeling moist.) Good, old-fashioned corn starch can also absorb perspiration. And some women swear by the same antiperspirant they use under their arms. Wear the right bra Some of Dr. Golas’s patients stick maxi pads to their bras, to help sop up their underboob sweat. But the right kind of bra and shirt can do a better job of keeping you dry. “The best options are cooling bras, bras designed to wick sweat, or those made of breathable fabrics like cotton, bamboo, or soft lace,” Dr. Mikhail says. “Full-support bras or push-up bras can help by keeping the breasts from laying on the chest wall.”She adds it’s best to avoid synthetic fabrics such as polyester or rayon, as well as padded bras because the extra material may cause even more sweating. When it comes to your top, wear shirts or dresses made of breathable and sweat-wicking fabrics, suggests Dr. Mikhail. Carry wipesOf course, life happens. You might find yourself running to catch a bus on a hot summer day, or maybe the air conditioning will suddenly conk out when you’re at a formal dinner. Maybe you’ll be kidnapped and left to fend for yourself in the desert! The world is full of crazy possibilities, so it’s best to be prepared. Keep alcohol-based wipes on hand for knockers-related emergencies. They can’t stop you from sweating the way that a deodorant might, but they can close your pores a bit to reduce sweating. Botox In general, there’s no need to talk to a doctor if your sweaty boobs are occasional or just when you workout, says Dr. Golas. “But if you’re wearing regular, nice clothing or a normal bra and it’s happening in the AC, that can be problematic, so you should seek out treatment.” That treatment might include botox, which is an FDA-approved remedy for excessive perspiration. The injections block the nerve signals that make you sweat. Each round lasts from three to six months, and may cost up to $1,000 (£800). Breast surgery Maybe underboob sweat is just one more problem in a long line of issues you have with your breasts. Maybe you also get intense back pain; you’re plagued with frequent irritation; or you just don’t feel comfortable with the size of your breasts. In some specific and extreme scenarios, Dr. Golas says that breast reduction surgery could be an appropriate solution. “If someone has large breasts and they’re interested in a reduction, they should see a board certified plastic surgeon,” she says, adding that in some cases, a breast lift could be worth exploring too.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best High Impact Sports BrasThe One Tattoo You Should Get This SummerIs It Bad That I Haven't Worn A Bra In 3 Months?
Celebrities and high-profile figures including activist Munroe Bergdorf, singer Dua Lipa and comedian Katherine Ryan have signed an open letter urging the government to ban conversion therapy.Singer Elton John, UK Black Pride founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall have also signed the letter, which denounces conversion therapy as a form of “torture” which is being allowed to continue on British soil.As LGBT charity Stonewall notes, the term “conversion therapy” refers to “any form of treatment or psychotherapy which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or to suppress a person’s gender identity”.It’s predicated on the false and incredibly damaging idea that homosexuality and being transgender are mental health issues that can be “cured”. Government research has found that 2% of LGBTQ people in the UK have been subjected to conversion therapy – and 5% have been offered it. Another survey published last year found that it leads to high levels of mental health problems including suicidal feelings, self-harm and eating disorders.Conversion therapy has been denounced by all major therapy and counselling associations in the UK including the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP). Internationally, it’s already illegal to subject minors to it in Germany, Malta, Ecuador, Brazil and Taiwan, as well as in 20 US states. As the BBC reports, the UK government actually pledged to ban conversion therapy two years, but has yet to fulfil its promise. An online petition to make it illegal in the UK has now attracted nearly 215,000 signatures. The celebrities’ open letter is addressed to Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities, and urges her to “introduce a truly effective ban on ‘conversion therapy’”.“Any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a heteronormative lifestyle, or their gender identity should be illegal, no matter the reason, religious or otherwise – whatever the person’s age,” the letter reads.“Let’s end it now. Let’s finish what was pledged two years ago and ban ‘conversion therapy’ for all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and gender diverse people, of all ages. Until you do, torture will continue to take place on British soil.”Last month, Truss said that she “will shortly be bringing forward plans to end conversion therapy”, though she hasn’t said what these plans are likely to involve.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How The Pandemic Affects Queer Women Who Want KidsGay Women On What Conversion Therapy Did To Them9 Women Who Changed The World For LGBTQ+ People
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After decades of insisting it needs three runways, Heathrow airport will make do with just one — with closure of the southern runway either partially or fully until October.A “Notice to Airmen” (Notam) has been issued to pilots and airlines warning that the runway, known as 09R/27L, will close at one minute to midnight on Sunday 12 July until the same time on 30 September.
Since pubs, bars, restaurants and other establishments reopened just over a week ago, the government has been asking them to collect information about all customers who pass through their doors.According to government guidelines, this information should include the name of the customer, the customer’s phone number, the date and arrival time of their visit, and if possible, their departure time as well. Collecting this information is voluntary at the moment, but the government wants establishments to follow the guidelines in order to support the NHS Test and Trace system.“By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, you can help us to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus,” the government says.It’s an initiative which makes a lot of sense in theory, but in practice, it appears already to have been abused. Rose Lyddon, a medieval history graduate student at Oxford, shared on Twitter yesterday that a bartender had messaged her on Facebook after giving her a free drink at the pub.Lyddon shared a screenshot of the bartender’s message, in which he insisted that he “definitely didn’t use that track and trace thing to find you”.“Honestly I saw you on Tinder the day before and then the day after you came up as a suggested friend on Facebook. Have no clue how or why…” he added, after apologising for sending her an unsolicited message. > I went to the pub the other day (it was empty and I sat outside) and got a free drink from the bartender and… he’s just messaged me on facebook pic.twitter.com/lwRBZJANsf> > — rose 🦇 (@roselyddon) July 11, 2020Lyddon’s tweet has now been liked more than 13,000 times. In a follow-up tweet, she said “the Tinder thing can’t be true because I haven’t used it for two years” and added, understandably, that she’s “not super keen on handing over my name, email and phone number for contact tracing if men are going to use it for this”.As one of her Twitter followers pointed out, any establishment which uses information collected for NHS Test and Trace for any other purpose has breached GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and can be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).“I think you could report the pub to the information commissioner. This is defo a databreach and they need to deal with it. Sorry. Very creepy,” one of Lyddon’s followers wrote.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Many Jobs Lost During Coronavirus May Never ComeCoronavirus Has Changed Offices ForeverSupport Bubbles Force Us To Face Who We Truly Miss