"Rash" Under Breasts

Updated on August 30, 2010
K.G. asks from Spring Hill, FL
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I have been getting a rash under my breasts (where my bra sits) that is the same thing as Athlete's Foot. It itches really bad and gets iritated even further by wearing a bra and by not wearing a bra. I can't win either way. I use powder every day after my shower and before I put my bra on. I put on the anti-fungal cream and powder when it flares up and within a few days it is cleared up only to come back a week later. I know it is caused by sweating. What else can I do to prevent the rash from coming back? Has anyone else experienced this? Help!!!

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S.K.

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I experience it also. Sometimes its' flare-ups are back to back and other times there are months in between them. I have used all the creams and powders out there.The only thing that worked for me was hydrocortisone cream for sensitive skin. I haven't found the solution to permanently get rid of it. There's always hope.

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E.W.

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My name is E. W. and years ago when I worked in the medical field a patient told me she puts deodorant under her breasts, so I tried it. Guess what, it works. I do tend to get a rash occassionally, but not as often as I did. It is actually yeast from sweating. When I get the rash, I use corn starch instead of powder at night before bed and it seems to dry it up. I also used plain corn starch on my daughter (now 8) when she was an infant and had diaper rashes.

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B.N.

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Rash under breast can also be inverse psoriasis. This is a form of psoriasis that is generally found in the folds of the skin...in the genital area, buttocks, under breasts, etc. Find out if this is you are experiencing: http://www.theinfomine.com/2010/07/01/do-you-have-rash-un...

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A.C.

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I had that also but not really bad. It may be a form of Eczema, which you need to watch what you wash your clothes in for detergents.. especially your bra and don't use a fabric softener after your wash your bra. The fabric softener comes out of your clothes when you sweat and can cause an allergic reaction. I think maybe try to change bra's also something that doesn't lay in that spot till you get it cleared up, try Cortaid instead of Athlete's foot cream, Hydrocortisone is good for irritations.

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N.H.

answers from Tampa on

I use a natural product that one can purchase at most health food stores - if they don't carry it most will order it for you. It is the spray - Crystal Thai deoderant. It is also very good at helping eliminate foot odor.
Wash well before using every day. I also use it for under arm deoderant daily. It will also help keep bitting bugs away.

Good luck and healthy living.
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J.

answers from Tampa on

From experience I know that Lansinoh, used on nipples for breasfeeding works well and so does A&D Ointment, used for diaper rash. If you are nursing I would only use the Lansinoh or another pure lanolin product just in case it gets in the baby's mouth.

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M.A.

answers from Fort Myers on

check the ingredients in your powder - if there is cornstarch I would stop using it unless the rash is completely gone because yeast thrives on sugars like cornstarch. Just try to keep that area dry and clean, like shower after excessive sweating, and maybe try cutting back on sugar. You could also try taking acidophilus capsules sold over the counter at the pharmacy.
Good luck. I know how frustrating that rash can be!

K.H.

answers from Fort Myers on

it happened to me and i used desitin! the zinc worked great. good luck! :)

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T.H.

answers from Tampa on

I have the same problem and the only thing that works is take a shower and let them air dry. You are not going to be able to wear a bra until the rash heals. Also tt your Doc maybe he can prescribe some stronger creams

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A.N.

answers from Tampa on

If it is fungal like athlete's foot, I have a cure that will sound really crazy, but try it. I know people who have used it to cure athlete's foot and I have used to cure a fungal infection on the skin as well. It is urine, yes, I said it, urine. Just pee in a cup in the morning and set it to the side for the day, preferably where no one will notice it and you can dip cotton balls in it and apply liberally under your breasts. I would do it 3-5 times per day until the rash is gone. It should only take a few days.

If it is yeast, I would eliminate all sugars, dairy and flour products from your diet. Take lots of garlic tablets or eat raw garlic. You could also mince garlic and put it in some olive oil and let it absorb the garlic, then apply to area. I think that Miracle gel that someone else suggested would work as well. I know a Naurapath that sells it, ####-###-#### in Safety Harbor. She also sells anti-yeast sprays and supplements.

Here's to your quick recovery!
A.
www.naturallyliving-clearskies.blogspot.com

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S.K.

answers from Tampa on

I experience it also. Sometimes its' flare-ups are back to back and other times there are months in between them. I have used all the creams and powders out there.The only thing that worked for me was hydrocortisone cream for sensitive skin. I haven't found the solution to permanently get rid of it. There's always hope.

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K.C.

answers from Fort Myers on

I am a mother of three and I experienced that with my second child very soon after giving birth. I tried everything until I tried moisterizing lotion. Now, I am not sure if that is what did it or if it just ran it's coarse but I suffered with it for over 4 months and lotion is the only thing that brought me relief. I figured dry skin started it and was agravated by sweat. It has been 8 years now and it never came back.

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D.L.

answers from Tampa on

I am not sure if this will work, but I try to use natural remedies when I can & I found a wonderful skincare line at the nutrition store. The products are called Miracle II. I would recommend using the clear gel (so pure, you can eat it!) and then apply some emu oil (yep, emu as in the animal!). These two products are amazing!!! The gel will soothe, heal, and dry - the oil will also be healing and soothing. You can also look online for these products.

Also, try to find some of those sports bras - for when you need to wear one...that have that moisture wick in them. That way they dry faster. I also use talc-free powder by Burts Bees.

Good luck!

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S.W.

answers from Fort Myers on

This happened to me years ago. I was freaking out when I went to the doctor, I didn't know what was going on! It ended up being a yeast infection and needed to use Monistat under my breast to clear it up. Very embarrassing but it is not uncommon I found out amoung big breasted women. I used to powder everyday myself until this happened. Now I find that if I dry the area under the breasts really well and cream with any body lotion I have never had it return. I have heard other people actually use deodorant to keep the area dry. I prefer lotion. Good Luck, it's not as bad as it seems.

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D.M.

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K., Don't assume this is caused by a fungus tho it may certainly seem the same. Check into a few other causes first. Remove the underwire from your bras if they have them. Also check what your are eating or drinking. Cut out all foods and beverages with aspartame or splenda in them which can cause an allergic reaction to present itself through your skin under the breasts, waist or middle back. Manufacturers even put a chemical on the inside of some glass bottles to keep them from breaking easily so consider that too. Try drinking Kefir or Activa yogurt to get healthy bacteria into your body so you'll have a healthier inside too. Home some of this helps. D.

H.K.

answers from Buffalo on

I am going through the same thing, but as tempting as it may be, do not continue to put powder on the area. There has been studies done that have shown that powder can increase your risk of getting breast cancer, as well as cervical cancer and other reproductive cancers if you were to put powder in your underwear for freshness. I'm not sure why, but I read that and stopped using powder promptly.

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M.W.

answers from Tampa on

I had the same thing - it lasted an entire year, and only ended after I stopped breastfeeding. I never found anything that cleared it up for more than a few days. That's not much help, I know. Maybe ask your doctor, or just suffer through it for the time being - it won't last forever.

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J.L.

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I would get rid of all the bras you have. My husband has athletes foot and the dermatologist told him it will be a life long struggle unless he starts over with all new shoes AFTER the rash has cleared.
I would suggest only wearing cotton bras as the polyester will make you sweat more.
Good Luck
J.

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A.T.

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Hi K., I had the same problem once I started working out. The sweating is the cause of your discomfort, I finally had to go to the doctor because it was getting on my nerves he prescribed a cream that got rid of it. Hope this helps. Angel

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E.W.

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My name is E. W. and years ago when I worked in the medical field a patient told me she puts deodorant under her breasts, so I tried it. Guess what, it works. I do tend to get a rash occassionally, but not as often as I did. It is actually yeast from sweating. When I get the rash, I use corn starch instead of powder at night before bed and it seems to dry it up. I also used plain corn starch on my daughter (now 8) when she was an infant and had diaper rashes.

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J.B.

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I am also obese and tried everything to get rid of itchy red skin under breasts. Nothing worked. Even some cream from the dermatologist! I tried fungus spray two different brands some medicated powder, some prescription cortizone cream, apple vinegar, baking soda and just washing the areas every few hours. Then I started thinking that since the rash is there because the skin never gets a chance to dry out I would try antiperspirants At first I was worried that it might make my skin break out more so I bought some hypoalergenic Almay the type you smear on from the container. IT WORKED! I am now free of that horrible itch and burning under my breats and belly flap too. My DH just had to buy more today and asked me how I use it up so fast. It's because i use It on more than just my armpits. I hope everyone out there with this problem tries this. It might work with another brand of antipersirant but I didn't try any of the other brands.

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G.F.

answers from Fort Myers on

I use to get irritated under that area. I have used a deodorant stick and then some natural powder with no fragrance. I never have the problem any more. It also can be a form of eczema. Be sure to use too many chemical products as that can irritate it more. Hope that helps.

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M.C.

answers from Tampa on

I myself have only recently started with this same rash. I did the same as you with no relief.(thinking it would clear up with a fungal cream and powder.)At an appointment with my dermatologist he had perscribed me a cream (ketoconazole). This was for the rash and for the itching he gave me another script (Hydrocortisone Valerate)It cleared up in 2 days. I stopped using it and it came right back. I am glad to say that I went back to using it continuley for 1 week and now I've been rash free for over a month. He did tell me to stop using any kind of powder because it was only feeding the problem.Actually it was a yeast infection so I would like you to follow up with your family doctor and mention these scripts....good luck. M. C.

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B.G.

answers from Melbourne on

I have the same problem and do not know what to do about it.

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M.P.

answers from Tampa on

My sister has this same issue. I would call your doctor and see if he/she can order you some prescription medications. I know there are antifungal powders like Nystatin etc. Good luck!!

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M.F.

answers from Tampa on

Please get it checked by your doctor, and make sure you're doing your self breast exams every month. : )

I'm a 42 year old mother of 3 and a breast cancer survivor for 5 years now.

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C.T.

answers from Tampa on

You should stop using the powder. The powder is actually mixing with your sweat and making the rash. I know its hard to believe it, but the powder is actually really course and when you sweat its scratching your skin and causing this. I don’t use powder, but in the summer time I too get this every once in awhile from sweating, usually from a sports bra. The best thing to do is if you have any Nystation (your child night have been prescribed this for a diaper rash) or Cortizone 10 (you can buy at any drug store). Put it on after the area is clean and you will notice a major relief in a hour or so then in a few hours its practically gone. Good Luck and I hope it goes away fast for ya!!

N.B.

answers from Tampa on

Hi K.,
When that flares up you must be very uncomfortable!
Make sure that you are totally dried off under your breasts before you put anything on. I use my blow dryer on cool setting. When the rash starts flaring up I would make sure that you wash your towels after each use...hot water with a little bleach. I think there are two different medicines for athlete's foot,one is tolnaftate, can't remember what the other one is, you might want to try one and then if it flares up again try the other kind. I would also check with your dr and make sure it's not yeast. If it's yeast you might need to take meds that are specifically for yeast infections. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
N.

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M.R.

answers from Lakeland on

try wearing a sports bra- no wiring and tinactin spray seems to be related to sweating but sports bras help with support but steer clear of lotions with perfumes and no baby powder- try cornstarch-- old wives tale

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