How to Avoid Necktie Risks

Neckties are commonly worn as part of men’s dress code, from the casual everyday office wear to the formal corporate business attire. Not all men are probably comfortable in wearing them. However, many, including men, may be not aware of possible necktie-induced problems and accidents. Neckties, when worn properly, will significantly reduce the chance of developing such.

Here are some simple guidelines to avoid unnecessary problems in wearing neckties:

When wearing a tie, refrain from making unnecessary moves where you risk your tie being caught. These are likely causes of physical injuries and even fatality. For example, near elevators or escalators.

Avoid tying your necktie too tight. Not only is this very uncomfortable for the bearer, but would you know that doing so is actually linked to some serious health-related problems?

For example, if you are seeing an ophthalmologist for an exam, make sure you have a comfortably loose necktie. A tight necktie can temporarily increase intraocular pressure and yield false readings, making your exam results dangerously inaccurate. Remember, the doctor’s diagnosis, advice, prescription, and recommendation will mainly be based on your exam results.

There are also researches that suggest the link of tight neckties and increase risk of glaucoma. Tight neckties may constrict the veins in the neck area which can result to an increase of blood pressure to the eyes. This in turn increases the risk of glaucoma, one of the leading eye problems and causes of blindness in the US. Increased eye blood pressure results to several eye problems, including irrevocable damages to the delicate eye nerves which may result to blindness.

But how would you know if your necktie is too tight? A tight necktie is obviously uncomfortable, but it doesn’t necessarily have to constrict your neck and interfere with your breathing. I guess no guy would wear such anyway.

So how can you tell if you’re wearing it tightly? You simply cannot say so at one glance. A good way of knowing that is to slip in your finger between your necktie’s knot and collar. If you have a hard time doing that, it’s time to loosen it. You just confirmed your necktie is too tight.

If you’re in a hospital or in medical facilitated areas like clinics or even outdoor medical missions, it’s a good practice to avoid any physical contact with your doctor’s necktie. It looks like a harmless piece of clothing and certainly looks good on your doctor’s uniform. However, there’s a huge possibility that the same necktie is a likely ground for bacteria. A doctor’s necktie is a good carrier of disease-causing bacteria.

It’s no brainer how the pathogens got into his necktie – obviously from the nature of his work and workplace. He and his necktie probably got into contact with many patients within the day, and from one hospital room or department to another. And many doctors don’t have the habit of changing ties every now and then, especially if it still looks clean. However, germs are microscopic. They are invisible to the naked eye.

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