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 Post subject: Advice?
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 1:50 am 
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I noticed I'd been chaffing around my chest area so I applied cream to the area and now I have sore cuts there, I have dressed the area but do I continue wearing binders or give my chest a rest for a day? I mean it's feasible but I think they might rub the cuts underneath my binder. I feel daft for asking but I needed advice. Sorry for the TMI also.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice?
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If its chaffing a barrier cream like sudocreme would be your best option.
If the binders causing the chaffing take a break from it.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice?
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I think it would always be recommended to wear a binder as little as possible, your skin needs to breath and I found, back when I had breasts that I would sweat a lot under the breast and I would get spots under there frequently, particularly as I Seldom wore a bra.
I think you need to take care of your heath first and foremost. If your binder is causing you problems, and it will if you are wearing it all the time. Then you are only drawing more attention to your chest and might just be causing yourself more unnecessary dysphoria.
If you don’t like the way your chest feels hanging loose, then maybe consider a well fitted bra or sports bra, If I ever wore a bra it was usually a sports bra, but you might still get the sweat issue I had.
I think there are better ways to cope with dysphoria than to permanently lock your body up behind a binder and potentially cause damage.
I think if you feel like you need to wear it when you are out and about then fair enough, but at home you should probably relax and give yourself some slack.
If you continue to wear it for prolonged periods each day then you may get to a point where you cant physically wear it anymore, but if you wear it when you need it and keep it off the remainder of the time, then you should be able to keep using it when you need it for as long as that is neccissary.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice?
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Nerf: It's binder chafing due to warm weather and my high temperature. Thanks for recommending Sudocream, fortunately a couple of weeks ago I brought a new tube.

JayM, thank you :-) Back when I should have wore a bra, I rarely did, much to horror of the people I changed with in gym. (Also why I regularly found a way to get out of it, doing jobs for teachers and helping out in school cafe. Me and a mate usually were found there and I got in trouble a lot with my PE teacher but I usually found an excuse) I'll take your advice too and give myself a break. I've just been letting dysphoria get me down a lot recently and doing overkill on binding. About a week ago, my ribs hurt because of it which hasn't happened before now. I really need August to come quickly.

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I would stop wearing the binder until your skin has totally healed up. You could risk an infection otherwise. I would also not put anything on it if the cuts are 'open'.
Are you diabetic? Because if so, you should see a GP as infections are more common in diabetics that could potentially turn serious and may need antibiotics (depending on how serious they are).


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 Post subject: Re: Advice?
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Yeah, I'm diabetic. I'll go and see my doctor. Problem being, that I can only see them with one problem at a time and mine are pretty much stacked up, right now. I'm currently on no medication for diabetes though as I'm listed as having an allergy to metformin. I'm not sure what my options are now. My brother who is studying nursing says there is something they can put me on. It's just mentioning it. I'm type two, I don't need insulin at the moment. To my knowledge anyway, my blood hasn't been tested for a while. Last time, it was a matter of stabilising it as I was having a lot of episodes of hypoglycemia and they were making sure I didn't fall unconscious. Fortunately, I was in a hospital and with glucose drinks I was fine. It took a while though. Kind of went on a tangent there, sorry.

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