For Nigerians in the habit wearing used under wears, especially in this period of serious economic crisis, d dermatologist, Dr Ayoola Adeyemi, has warned against the use of such fairly used bras and pants, saying it could cause bacterial infections.
According to Dr, Adeyemi,who spoke in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, asserted that since the health status of the initial user could not be verified, it would be advisable for individuals to desist from buying used pants and bras.
“Some bacterial infections could occur when we use fairly used panties because the health history of the initial user was not known.
“Skin rashes, eczema, syphilis and other bacterial infections may occur,” she said.
However, the news has not gone down well with some ladies in Lagos who said they prefer buying fairly used pants and brassieres because they were durable and that they were cost effective.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Friday in Lagos that their preference for fairly used pants and bras was due to the fact that such products were genuine and last longer than new ones.
Mrs Ann Adedeji, who was at Ikotun Central Market in Lagos, said apart from durability, most of the farily used pants and bras had trendy designs and were colourful.
She said, “I get more colourful bras and pants that are most times not available in boutiques and at the same time, I get value for my money as they are durable.
“You can only get unique bra designs here because the Ikotun Central Market is the main place for fairly used underwears.”
Mrs Victoria Adejo, who was also at the market, told NAN that it was after she suffered
an embarrassing experience with a new bra that she decided to make do with fairly used ones.
She said the hook of the bra she was wearing came-off while she was in a meeting
in the office and was left in uncomfortable position all through the meeting.
“Since that incident, I stopped buying panties and bras from boutiques,’’she said.
Mrs Oluchi Onwuka, who sells used panties in Ikotun Market, said she never regretted venturing into the business.
She said, “it is a profitable business and I am growing in it.
“I have boutique owners who come to buy in bulk; they wash and package them
and resell at exorbitant rates and I am aware.”
Miss Damilola Madu, who also deals in fairly used panties and bras, also says
the underwears are durable and cheaper than new ones.
Madu added that used bras held the breast firmly and the elasticity was retained for a very long time, unlike new ones.
“Used undies are cheaper and last longer than new ones; that is the reason people come for it,” she said.
From the responses of the ladies interviewed it would appear that the culture of used underwears has to come to stay in Nigeria