How Often Should Men Change Their Underwear? Dermatology Experts Weigh In

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.09 - 2024 12:40 PM CET

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How Often Should Men Change Their Underwear? Dermatology Experts Weigh In.

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Dermatology experts challenge common perceptions, providing insights into the ideal frequency for men to change their underwear.

Key Question: How often should men change their underwear? This question plagues many, and dermatology specialists offer their expertise.

Leading dermatologists have occasionally suggested that men can wear the same pair of underwear for more than 24 hours, unlike women, without risking infections or other health issues.

Dr. Anju Methil, speaking to Daily Mail, states, "In some cases, and without sweating, changing every other day can be acceptable. Looser underwear, such as boxers, allows for slightly longer wear."

A 2020 study found that 22% of men do not change their underwear daily, with one in twenty admitting to wearing the same pair more than five times before washing.

Dr. Chun Tang, Medical Director at Pall Mall Medical in the North West, adds, "Wearing underwear for several days is not ideal, however, breathable cotton boxers can be worn for two days if proper hygiene practices are followed."

Unfortunately, women do not share this luxury due to bacterial accumulation. Wearing the same underwear for consecutive days poses health risks due to bacteria and sweat.

Before adopting these medical findings—that it's acceptable to wear the same underwear for 48 hours—proceed with caution.

Dermatologists warn men about the risk of developing a fungal infection, commonly known as "jock itch," which often appears as a red, scaly rash in the groin area but can also affect the upper thighs, groin, and lower abdomen.

Known medically as "tinea cruris," this uncomfortable condition is caused by fungi thriving in warm, moist areas, affecting those who sweat heavily or wear tight clothing. It can be accompanied by itching or burning sensations and cracking skin.

Sarah Roberts, a skin care specialist, notes, "While men's boxers make less frequent contact with the skin compared to women's underwear, they are not immune to these risks—especially when worn repeatedly."

"If you experience any discomfort, itching, or unusual discharge, change your underwear immediately and consult a health professional if necessary," advises Dr. Archit Aggarwal from ClinicSpots.

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