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Rash on Breasts

I am currently 38 weeks pregnant. About 3 weeks ago my breasts started to get really itchy. It started slowly over a few days and then it was unbearable. It was like someone put itching powder in my bra! I washed all my bras and it didn't help. I haven't changed any detergents/soaps/perfumes, etc. I started putting my Palmer's stretch mark lotion on them because I thought maybe they were just "stretching" getting ready for the baby. It would only relieve the itching for a little while. I even tried some of my 3 yr old daughters prescription creme for her eczema with the same result.

Then about the second week I showed my OB/GYN at my checkup and he suggested hydrocortisone. I haven't tried that yet because I don't have any. My main concern is that for the last week my breasts have had a visible red rash on them. Red bumps all over...the bumps are not raised. So, of course I looked it up online and you know how that goes, everything is cancer and you're dying. But I did see a lot of articles about breasts rashes being an early sign of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

Has anyone had a rash like this? It is ONLY on my breasts, no where else. Not even between them. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
~L.

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I had terrible PUPPS the last month of my pregnancy. The rash was up and down both legs. It was miserable because I itched so bad I couldn't sleep- not that I was getting much at that point anyways. Regular lotion seemed to make it worse. I tried everything I was allowed to- Benadryl, hydrocortisone, calamine. The doctor finally prescribed a steroid cream which helped more than anything. The only thing the made it go away was having my son. Once I had him, it immediately disappeared.

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Hi L.,
Sounds familiar!! I had a similar situation and seemed to be related to stress, hormones, and I personally noticed sugar made it worse. Had several different diagnoses (even scabies...not!) and finally went away after I stopped worrying, started taking some supplements... I too was so worried about IBC, but later had a mammogram and no signs (don't think I was pregnant for this though). My rash lasted a longer time. The itching seems to make things worse, so might talk with your Dr. about benedryl.?? I know we may have different issues, but please, don't worry about cancer. Check your diet, and you might want to talk to a naturopath for some more natural remedies. One doctor thought I had a virus and gave me some good supplements that seemed to help... he was a naturopath.

HTH!
Barb

I had terrible PUPPS the last month of my pregnancy. The rash was up and down both legs. It was miserable because I itched so bad I couldn't sleep- not that I was getting much at that point anyways. Regular lotion seemed to make it worse. I tried everything I was allowed to- Benadryl, hydrocortisone, calamine. The doctor finally prescribed a steroid cream which helped more than anything. The only thing the made it go away was having my son. Once I had him, it immediately disappeared.

Could be as simple as a yeast infection. The hydrocortizine will help. Also, sunshine works wonders on skin yeast infections.

You probably don't have cancer but it's really likely with the heat and humidity of summer that you have a heat rash or yeast rash.

This happened to me during my last pregnancy and it was so uncomfortable!! I discontinued my regular soaps and used baking soda with a touch of castille soap (Like Dr. Bronner's) or none at all and a little tea tree oil (natural antifungal). Try to use a cooler shower.

After you get out of the shower use a blow dryer on low to dry out the rash completely. If you weren't pregnant, I'd suggest lotrimin to heal it but you should ask your doctor. If you sweat during the day (you're generating your own heat these day - never mind the outside temp!), be sure you pat it dry and change your bra/shirt if necessary. Keeping it dry will heal it faster.

So sorry you're feeling this right now. Pregnancy isn't very fun but just think of your little one. Chance are, this won't last much longer!

Congratulations on your upcoming delivery!!!

I had a rash on my chest during two of my pregnancies. I'm not exactly sure what caused them, but after taking antifungal medication and hydrocortisone (neither of them worked), my doctor suggested benadryl. That worked, and I haven't had a problem.

I just took a benadryl pill at night. The rash went away completely after a few days. Remember - if you are taking a benadryl pill DO NOT put benadryl cream on.

I hope that you are able to figure it out. Nothing is worse than itching!
-C.

Dear L.,
If your itching on your bareat is never going away, please do double check with your own doctor and Oncology doctor too, you said that itching is only on your breasts, not between them, it's sounds no good. I had only one breat itching to death under the nipple area without any rashes or
any red color,and I got breat cancer.

For the safety, please do get 2nd opinion. Call me at ###-###-#### if you have any question. E.

Hi L.,
It seems so logical to treat skin rash with a topical solution. Then of course the doctor does the same thing, give you something that is an immediate relief. Fine, but, don't you want to know what is going on in your body? And what is going on with your little one that she has eczema??

It can be a sign that something could be seriously wrong! It always starts with nutrition. Doctors agree on one thing, eat more fruits and vegetables! Please take the time to get educated! I have many CD's, Dr. Mitra Ray has an excellent pregnancy article on her website FromHeretoLongevity.com, please visit my website and listen to radiation oncologist, Dr. Delia Garcia, also Dr. Wm Sears famous pediatrician has an excellent website AskDrSears.com.
My partners in my business are NSA, Dr. Mitra Ray, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. David Katz and Dr. Wm Sears.

This will be so important to get a handle on especially as you are expecting. Let me know if I can be of further help.
S.

Don't use shower gels or lotions there. You currently get very sensitive throughout the pregnancy. Use only DOVE soap there. Even Ivory is too strong. You can use the Palmers anti-stretch mark cream. I ended up getting stretch marks there after my 2nd kid. But if you're allergic to the ingredients, I'd try not to put it on the nipples.

Also, you might want to ask your ob to see if it's a possible yeast infection. I had that after I had my 2nd kid, and needed Monistat Cream to put on there.

Good Luck and hope you feel better soon!

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