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Breast Fungus Secrets Exposed

Fungi love damp dark places, so they often thrive in the crevices between toes and in folds of skin. The groin is especially susceptible. That’s why men often complain of jock itch.

Women can have jock itch too. But they may also suffer from fungal infections under the breast. Judging from our mail bag, this is far more common than many people realize.

Several weeks ago we heard from a woman who asked for help: “For years I have had a yeast infection under my breasts, under my arms and in the groin. Nothing works. I know other women have this problem. I would be grateful for any remedies that might help.”

Our answer was fairly lame. We suggested old-fashioned amber Listerine. This mouthwash contains herbal oils with antifungal activity, plus a substantial dose of alcohol. Some men have found it can conquer jock itch.

We were unprepared for the outpouring of suggestions from other women who also suffer from this problem. Not surprisingly, many have found that antifungal medicines are especially helpful:

“I had a similar problem. My doctor prescribed Nystatin cream. It works wonderfully and I haven’t had a problem since.”

Over-the-counter antifungal creams also have enthusiastic boosters:

“I too had a yeast infection under my breasts. Even my doctor did not know exactly what to do. So I bought Monistat vaginal cream and applied it. The infection cleared right up!”

Another woman prefers a different Monistat product:

“I found wonderful relief for my yeast infection. In the feminine product aisle of stores is something called ‘Soothing Care Medicated Powder’ made by Monistat Intimate Care.

“I bought it and tried it, applying it right after my bath. I was amazed because after using it for several weeks my yeast infection was gone from under my breast, under my arms and my groin.”

Soothing Care Medicated Powder does not contain antifungal medication. Instead, the active ingredient is zinc oxide (often found in diaper rash cream), with inactive ingredients of cornstarch, aloe extract and vitamin E.

Cornstarch is an old-fashioned favorite, as we heard from this woman:

“I used every expensive cream formula, both prescription and OTC, without success. In desperation due to itching one night, I tried my Grandma’s cornstarch cure.

“Be sure areas are clean and dry. Then dust the affected areas with a thin coating of cornstarch. (Use a flat powder puff to apply.) Do this at least twice daily.

“After months of creams, it took only a few weeks for the underarm area to dry. The itching stopped. The dead skin peeled off and it has never returned. My dermatologist couldn’t believe it worked so well. The groin and areas under the breasts took a bit longer, but they’ve also healed. Grandmas do know best.”

Cornstarch and zinc oxide are both working on the principle that drying the skin will deprive the fungus (yeast, in this case) of the moisture it needs to thrive.

Who knew that so many women suffer from fungal infections under the breasts? With various possible remedies, however, we hope this troublesome problem is no longer a deep, dark secret.

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We “Goddess” women have never been adequately educated about how our bodies work and how the foods we eat, in consort with sweat, anxiety and dead skin can work against us in sometimes very painful ways.
First: Stop eating processed sugars and heavy carbohydrates. As your body metabolizes these things, they all turn to sugars and don’t cha know—yeast just loves sugar. Add darkness, moisture, anxiety and wham–the itch, redness and pain comes out of nowhere. If you are a smoker, you have just added another log to the fire.
Second: Stop showering every day. You are washing away the good bacteria that your skin needs to stay healthy. Don’t get me wrong, stay clean, but daily showering isn’t all that good for our skin.
Finally: Hydrate and exercise. We forget our skin is our largest organ and has to last our entire lives. Be good to it.

My grandmother suffered from chronic yeast infections and used corn starch for comfort after washing the site with hard apple cider. I have used a product called Baza antifungal cream, with miconazole nitrate in a moisture barrier cream, but a company called Sween. When I tried to reorder Medline sent in it’s place a product called Remedy with olivamine antifuncal cream. It’s not as thick as the Baza cream, but seems to do the trick.

While I believe my “growths” under the breasts and stomach are probably caused by a fungus, the spots are brown. Don’t remember them ever being red. Anyone else?

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I am so happy to know that I’m not out there alone… it is very painful when it inflames & itchy.
I’m going to wash with the Apple cider & dust with cornstarch.
Thank you for the tips.

Oh goodness, without a doubt, 2 applications of over the counter antifungal cream will get rid of the worst case of this for me.
It will also get rid of tinea versicolor.

When I have a breakout I eat yogurt every day. Greek yogurt is the best. Also apply apple cider vinegar to the area. Let dry. Tend to break out if I eat too much sugar or bread.

You can apply yoghurt to the area after the doctors treatment to strengthen the skin. It won’t stop if you are taking cortisone and high blood pressure medication.

Try taking a shower and rub the effected areas with Selsun Blue shampoo. I’ve suffered from this and this once a day for 2-3 weeks and it went away. Selinum Sulfide is an anti fungal agent.

I had a fungus red pimply rash under my breasts. I looked in my bathroom and found tinacton for athletes foot anti-fungal. I used it every day and afternoon and in 4 to 5 days gone. Never had this before hurt and pimples sores I read it see if side effects for using under breasts the ingredients could not find.
So that is my cure.

I’ve had a yeast infection under my breasts for 3 years now. I’m diabetic, which is now under control. Have tried Gold Bond medicated powder; no results. NyStop stopped working. I’m now using alcohol to dry it out. Been on it for about 1 week. Seems to be working.

Clearing the acne type of issue. Does anyone know if this will dry my skin too much? Is it safe? Can’t find the Monistat powder some people have posted about here.

Can anyone tell me any antifungal cream, my aerola is very itchy, it is peeling off, getting dry a lot? Already had Augmentin duo 625 mg prescribed by doctor but no benefits.

I am a nurse and have recently started to utilize natural products to alleviate problems I previously relied on traditional medicine to cure. After reading your post, I had to comment. Fungal infections are not common around your areola. If you have persistent peeling and flaking of the skin which has not resolved after using an antibiotic, I urge you to seek a second opinion. I do not want to scare you but those are classic signs of breast cancer, even if a lump is not evident. If you know that is not the case, thank God. However, if you have not been tested/ screened, please go to see a breast specialist. No one is too young or old to develop this disease and it metastasizes easily due to the the proximity of lymph nodes. Best of luck and prayers for the best outcome!

I have had this issue my entire life. I too started out like my mother and Grandmother using cornstarch or Shower to Shower powder. Effective, except that it has to be applied twice a day or more depending on how badly you sweat. Getting powder all over the shower wasn’t as bad an issue as getting it every where at work. When I became a truck driver, it became an even worse issue trying to apply it.

I can’t remember how I was introduced to it, but I started using Monistat Chafing Gel. Zinc Oxide protected, but it made me feel gross. But Monistat Chafing Gel is primarily Dimethicone. It goes on like a gel, but feels like a silky powder. It doesn’t dry, but gives just the right amount of slippage without disappearing half way thru the day. Use the Monistat yeast infection cream first for the required number of days to heal any yeast infection. Then Monistat Chafing Gel protects and yet lets the skin heal and breathe providing moisture and friction protection.

I apply it in the morning and it will actually last two days with the slippage decreasing with time.

It is a little on the expensive side, but reduced the number of boils caused by the hair follicles, sweat, heat and friction that the powider usually didn’t prevent.

I have been using this product for maybe 10 years? And I constantly tell my doctors every chance I get because they are surprised at how healthy my skin is under my breasts, under my stomach, and in my groin.

I can’t recommend this product enough. Zinc Oxide doesn’t even compare!

There are other products I have tried that contain Dimethicone, but none provide the silky feel of powder. The closest alternative I have found so far is Lanacane Anti Chafing Gel, but when applying it doesn’t slide as silky and the slippage isnt near as good as Monistat’s.

It changed my life.

I have had a long-term yeast infection that caused me to have a rash in the groin area and under the breasts. I’ve been using creams my gynecologist anomy dermatologist gave me . They are similar to the Monistat O-T-C cream. They told me to keep the area extremely clean and dry and to apply the creams to clean and dry skin twice a day. After the rash clears up, they said to keep an OTC rash creme underneath my breasts & in the groin area. This forms a barrier from moisture. I also change underwear several times a day if it gets moist. I put small rolled up washcloths under my breasts to absorb any moisture. I let the areas air out at night with no underwear. I have seen improvement, but am still doctoring it to clear it up completely. Good luck to all. I’m Diabetic & I cannot have sugar or high-glycemic carbs. This feeds the yeast. I’m learning a lot by reading up on this aggravating condition. I am taking antibiotics for UTI, but after that, I have a pill to take that helps cure the yeast infection too. WHEW!

The rash under the breast is a type of psoriasis, it is a shiny rash with a funny ordor caused by a build up of yeast, this area needs to be kept very dry. Try using vagisil powder.

I also suffer from what I call boob rash . I have brite red welts with burn pain and itch and it stinks like beer. Guess it is a yeast lnfection. Have been using clotri!azole one percent. But its been four weeks and it not really. Working. Help


I been having the same issue ladies !! So frustrating! I am using calomine lotion and it seems to be drying up. I think it may be working.

I had my first under the breast yeast infection during chemotherapy and the Dr. gave me Dicuflan and it went away. A year later I got another one that itched so bad it
drove me crazy. After trying many creams the Dr. told me to buy I finally called back
and she prescribed NY-STOP powder . It still didnt control it. Then one day I talked
to my pharmacist and she said to apply the powder and then use Diaper rash cream on stop of that which would allow it to heal. That finally controlled the itch and allowed it
to heal within four days. Just wanted to tell what worked for me and hope it helps
someone because I was desperate for help after dealing with this for three months.

Name it and I’ve tried it; nystatin cream and powder, monistat, desatin diaper cream, baby powder, cornstarch, anti itch cream, handkerchiefs between my breasts to keep them dry ( it didnt) and Diflucan yeast pills for 12 days. (Normal dose is 1) my breasts are scarred and the rash never goes away. It lies dormant until it gets really hot outside and bam, another agonizing episode. Any suggestions?

I have been struggling with this for about 8 months. 3 doctors later and I still have it. Diflucan for 15 days in a row and nystatin. Nothing. I read all the comments and ended up buying vagisil and the green bottle of gold bond. Within 5 days my rash is almost completely gone. Very dry but I think that is the key. Have a dermatologist appt in 2 weeks but I am keeping up this regimen till then. Good kuck girls, I feel your pain!

Micatin Spray. Burns something awful when you first apply it, but will clear things up in a day or two.

I thought of trying this the other day, but fear stopped me thinking it could get worse , now I may try it and the cornstarch and the cream for baby rash. I have been suffering with this for over 2 years now. The anti fungal cream the doctor ordered only worked for a few months and no longer has lasting effect.
Thank you all for your helpful tips and taking the time to help other women.

I tried cornstarch and it made it worse. Try gold bond in the green bottle. I put vagisil ointment on first then the powder.

need a cure for yeast under the breast

I had this problem for years. Saw three different doctors/dermatologists for help. They ordered all kinds of creams and powders. Nothing worked completely. Out of the blue, one day, I had a thought as I was putting my deodorant on after a shower. I spread some of it (which was also an antiperspirant) under my breasts. By the third day of doing this, my fungus was GONE and it hasn’t come back! It makes perfect sense. We apply it to under our arms to achieve the same results! So it is now my mission to spread the word everywhere I can, to help those who suffer like I used to. I use Secret antiperspirant/deoderant but I suspect any brand would work. I so hope this helps someone else~

I have also had this problem, recurring for years. Until I tried this preventatively. After every shower I apply my deodorant/antiperspirant to every area where the problem arises. I know this works, because one time I was low on deodorant and decided to skip the treatment. By the next morning the itchy rash had started again!

I will never go without deodorant/antiperspirant applied to all skin folds. I don’t know about anyone else, but the itching/pain is torture! And the companies that market the creams for jock itch and athlete’s foot that treat fungal infections have completely ignored the female sex in their marketing, so that many women don’t know that others have it, and that there is an over-the-counter treatment. I guess the ad executives don’t know what to call the problem — “Bust Itch?” “Babe’s Boob?”

Strangely, under my breasts I get some sort of very painful ‘rashy type redness’ that has a bad odor and sometimes is unbearable. It even seeps liquid sometimes from the rash! MY solution, not ‘cure’ is to wash, pat dry and then apply zincofax (for diaper rashes) and within 10 min all the stinging or burning feeling is gone and in a few hours everything has dried up and the skin is back to normal. I am almost 60 yrs now and get this at least once a month around the time I would have my period. I haven’t had my period for about 10 years now. The relief of zincofax is sooooooooooo effective soooooooooo quickly.

To you think vaginal cream will work as well? Been having this close to a year now.I’m 56 last period was when I was 52 I believe.

I had a rash that started between my breast then went underneath my breast as well. I used a 1% hydrocortisone from the Target brand and I saw no results I then started using the brand Cortisone 10 intense healing and in about a week the entire rash went away.

I applied it twice a day, I would wash the affected area with mild soap and water and would apply the ointment. It’s worth spending the two extra dollars for the name brand because the ointment isn’t oily, so it absorbs quickly and you see rapid results.

I started having this last year under one breast. The itching was killing me and my daughter told me to use Listerine. I swabbed the rash down with Listerine and it stopped itching instantly. The rash goes away but it does come back if you stop after a few days and humid days here.
I love the ideas I read here and going to try them but thought mine would help someone in need of immediate itch help.

I had a fungal infection under my breast a few years ago – got pretty bad. Doctor prescribed Nystop (Nystatin powder) which cleared it up quickly. Since then I have used witch hazel applied with cotton pads, and when dry used Gold Bond Medicated. No more problems.

I have dealt with this problem for years. I have diabetic ketoacidosis and I pretty much keep fungal infections under my breasts and in my groin. I also get it really bad on my hysterectomy incision. I have found it best to wash 3 times a day with antibacterial soap, dry extremely well, then I apply a liberal spray of Lamisil AT. It is not a foam so it will run and the worse the infection the more it burns but it clears it up in about 2 days. I am allergic to both the cream and the oral liquid. When I get thrush I have to treat it with yogurt as the nystagmus makes it much worse.

When I underwent radiation for breast cancer I was so terrified of the warnings that the underside of my breast where the cancer was located and where the radiation would be concentrated. A friend had recommended a new product – soft slings worn under the breast to protect the skin from excessive perspiration and rubbing. I was amazed at how little redness my skin actually developed. I realize skin types vary, but I am convinced the sling played a huge role in protecting my breast. Since that time I have become a believer and I wear their double sling every night. No rashes; no problems; a miracle!

I have very large breasts and always have, I get rashes, bumps, skin cracking etc..
The one thing I’ve always used is maximum strength balmex (yes the baby diaper ointment)… it is very thick so it wont easily come off but the only drawback is getting off your hands and don’t wear any GOOD/ Pretty bras!!!
Use it daily, I started using a q-tip to apply and it works!!!

I had this 3 years ago and only had an Aloe after Sun lotion handy, so I tried it and I haven’t had it back unless I don’t use it about every 3 days and it is very mild. My sister also had the problem and it has ended hers too. Cheap as the bottle lasts for over a year and costs around $6.00.

I’ve had reoccurring blackheads under my breast and between my thighs for years now, its getting me worried, I’ve tried different creams and oral antibiotics some worked but d effects were temporal. I saw that some people suggested selsun, I bought and started u using it yesterday, I noticed between my thighs is peeling, is that how its supposed to work? Pls help.

Hidradentits, look it up!

I’ve used just the juice from a lemon to clear the fungus from under my breast, it worked great for me plus it was free because I have a lemon tree in my back yard. You can mix the juice with a little water if it’s to harsh for you.
I have it from time to time, last time I have seen it 3 years ago, and again came back, Nizoral will deal with it quick, just rub it in your body for 5-7 days, go to sleep, in the morning wash it off, and you should be ok :)
Always works for me.

I had dark brown spots in my cleavage where sweat would sit, and after figuring it was some sort of fungal infection I applied lavender essential oil with a cotton ball once in the morning and once at night and it’s GONE. I’m going to continue doing this at night before bed. It helps me sleep too.

I have had this issue for about 4 years now. I noticed it when I got pregnant with my 2nd baby. I gained some extra weight with this pregnancy and therefore, the boobs got larger. The rash began in between my breasts and it eventually went under my breasts. It was itchy and smelly. It got worse during hot summer months. (I live in Texas).
After trying prescription creams, and showering 2-3x a day, nothing helped it go away completely. very frustrating! about 2 weeks ago I came to this website and I am coming back wanting to THANK everyone who mentioned the athletes foot anti-fungus creams!!! omg!! I happened to have some in the medicine cabinet and right away applied to the affected area. The next morning the itching was gone. The smell and the rash were still there but I continued to use it everyday, I would wash the area twice a day and apply the athletes foot cream to the affected area.
After about a week, it stopped smelling and the rash was getting smaller. Today is 2 weeks since I started using the cream, and the brown rash is about 80% gone. My skin is soft and smells clean. Even after an entire day out in the sun. I am so happy this thing is almost gone! Hopefully in one week’s time, this thing is completely gone!

After reading your comment, I realized I have anti fungal foot spray. I just applied a light spray. We’ll see what happens today. The itching is driving me bananas!

I get this a lot but I get it on my hips, the odd time I’ve had it in the creases of my elbow and behind my knees but its worse when I get it on my hips.
It starts off like a tiny red rash and then gets bigger and itchy and then I feel quite warm and sweaty. It looks like nappy rash I thought it was due to my intolerances as I do have some. I found the only thing that helped it was athletes foot powder as it keeps it dry and it soon starts to dry out, any other type of cream like fungal cream makes it worse as its moist then. Tonight I’ve tried the cornflour (corn starch) as above so will see if this helps.

I started with itchiness and raised pimple like spots a few months ago in my groin and under my bust. It drives me crazy. My doctor prescribed a cream called canestan. I have never had this problem before. But over the last few years my joints have worn away through arthritis, I’ve had 4 replacements up to now but last op I ended up on life support in a coma. I’m now in a wheelchair on lots of medication. Put lots of weight on.
Could my medication be a cause? I just don’t know but so many things have and are still going wrong. I have carers 3 times daily they put creams on me could I have picked up something from them or vice versa. They never wear gloves. Anybody have advice on this please?

Hi Babs, my suggestion for you is to definitely try powder in those areas. Gold Bond is our household favorite.

Just a FYI to you after being in the hospital a lot of times people will pick up a staph infection of some kind, and meds can bring that on also. So, if it persists you make want to get checked out and start something to help relieve it.

I’ve had the same problems under my left breast. I tried prescription Nystatin, but the area continues to be moist and it really hasn’t changed much. For a few weeks, I’ve been applying a powder for atheletes foot I found at Walgreens. It really seems to be helping a lot. I live in a very hot and humid climate, so I have a horrible problem with sweating under my breasts. I cut up a 100% cotton washcloth into several strips a couple inches long and put that in my bra! directly on top of the rash after applying the powder. I’ve also tried putting a cotton sock inside out in my bra. Something that is very absorbent that keeps the area very dry. The rash has dried out a lot, but isn’t gone yet. My doctor said that I needed to continue using the powder for at least 2 weeks after the rash is completely gone. I think that is why so many people have reoccurrences. There is still yeast on the skin after the symptoms are gone. Try the washcloth or cotton socks too. They really keep you dry. Just make sure it’s 100% cotton. Polyester or nylon will trap moisture.

A & D Ointment!!!! LOVE IT :) Absolute relief like magic. 3 days it will be better!! Been to doctors and no relief. Then a guy, yes a guy, told me this is what they use in the South for rashes. It worked first time like magic. Keep a jar on hand always now, it’s like a miracle in a jar with a multitude of uses. Try it ladies, and cross off Booby rash off your list and start enjoying your DDs again!!! YAY!!!

I have had this same problem and have found lemongrass oil to be highly effective. I found a store that mixed it with Shea butter and it is amazing!!!

also use a vinegar wash 3 times a day this really helps

This is so true!! when I was in the hospital having my first child, part of the nurses daily routine was to put the heat lamp on the stiches for – as you say – 20 minutes or so. They had wooden boxes with a hole cut in it the size of the bulb and then the heat lamp was attached inside the box. They’d set the box in the bed with the lamp aimed at the sore area, and it felt wonderful!!

I started with a rash on the back of my left knee during the summer. I thought I had got bitten by a spider and it was itchy. Two weeks ago I asked my husband to look at the back of my knee and he said it was a mess. I used bleach and water to clean it and put medicated powder on it and it seemed to clear up. It now has broken out again and I now have the same thing under my breast and stomach flap. I have used bleach and water, apple cider vinegar, benadryl cream for itching, cortisone cream etc. and nothing is working. I am on my way to buy some monistat vaginal cream. I am red and sore. Using ice packs to soothe. I will let you know if it works.

Like so many others, I have had recurring yeast problems under my breasts and in my groin area for years. I’ve used prescription creams or ointments which help for a while, then they don’t. I’ve dried with a hair dryer, used Gold Bond powder in the green can, and most all of the other remedies mentioned here. Then I got to thinking: coconut oil really helped my face clear up from eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin, I wonder if it would help with this? So I tried it, and so far (about 10 days) it has kept my skin clean and clear without using the hair dryer or any powders. I don’t know how well it will work long term, but so far I’m happy with the results.

I’m in tears right now because after reading some of the comments, I’m sure I have diabetes. It runs in my family. I’m probably 40-50 pounds overweight and have a terrible addiction to sugar. I first had this fungus show up in between the top part of my buttocks. I was at my dermatologist for something else and she prescribed a cream that the pharmacy had to make. Well, it’s been back but, when I started having the same slimy itchy feeling under my right breast which has been driving me crazy.
I’m in my late 50’s and haven’t had my blood sugar checked for years. My dad died from diabetes and it was something I never wanted to have. I also have neuropathy in my feet and that’s also a sign of diabetes but, neither my podiatrist nor my pain doctor mentioned diabetes as being a possibility.
So, tomorrow, I’ll call my regular doctor and ask to schedule a blood test asap. Thank you to Tigerthorn and to everyone else who shared their personal information. I’ll post back after I get the results. I think I’ve known it was diabetes but, just didn’t want to know. If you have similar symptoms, including being overweight, please call your doctor and get a blood glucose test. My dad got Type 2 diabetes when he was in his 40’s.
Good luck to all. It helps knowing I’m not alone.

Hi Kat,
I was reading up on smelly rashes under the breast as I have been suffering with them myself ,I came across your post and it resonated with me ,I am in my late 40’s and also have neuropathy so I am interested in knowing whether you did have a test for diabetes and what the outcome was? I sincerely hope that all turned out ok for you :)
Warm regards

I have had this problem for years especially in summer I use Johnson baby powder with cornstarch always works, I am going to try the antiperspirant, sounds good.

After getting an awful red rash under my breasts that was going pimply I had no idea how to clear it up. I did know it had ti be kept dry. So not knowing much I showered, dried under breasts well then put some good old fashioned savlon cream on rash and then plain talcum powder. I repeated this before and after work and left my bra off as much as possible. Within 36 hours it had totally cleared up. It might have been luck but I will try it again if it ever comes back.

I have always been large chested- since I was 14. I’ve never had yeast under my breasts, until now at 41!
I took a new antibiotic a few months ago and this rash keeps coming with a vengeance! My gyn put me on a 5 day course of diflucan and it seemed to work for about 2 weeks- I kept putting desitin on after it healed. It came back 5 days ago and is worse than last time!
Tonight I tried my moms old remedy for after she had babies to help stitches heal and reduce itching in vagina. I tried this once for yeast infection and immediately felt relief. Take a small lamp and using a regular bulb that produces heat- 40-60 watt, hold close to area with yeast for about 20 min- do twice a day- I tried this tonight by holding my husbands drop light and holding it over the rash for 20 minutes- amazing how quickly it stopped the itching- I have wanted to scratch my skin off for days- I then followed up w a little aloe Vera gel so skin doesn’t dry out-

Antiperspirants do work for some people – including me. Using my underarm deodorant under my breasts is the only way I have been able to prevent chronic rashes, itching and infections.

Wow, I have read all these posts, and need to re-iterate. Anyone with constant re-occurring fungal infection, ask your doctor about type 2 diabetes symptoms! After going over this forum, I am so surprised no one has mentioned it. A lot of you mention that you are bigger ladies, (as am I), and that is also a helpful clue, and if your getting treatments for it and it’s still coming back every couple of months I urge you to get a blood glucose test.
Abnormally high sugar levels in your blood will provide a constant food source for any type of fungal infection. Even if you aren’t prone to sugary foods, the amount you can consume with just a regular to higher carb diet is unbelievable. Someone even mentioned that it happens after bouts of indulgence! I really think the medical profession needs to step up, because you seem to be getting band-aid solutions for a deeper problem. Of course this won’t be the case with everyone, but like I said, it should definitely be something to look into of your problem is re-occurring.
Also, do NOT use corn starch as, yes, this will feed the fungus. Oh, and my experience is that I have had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies, and have seen nutritionists and diabetes educators.

I would just like to note, for a lot of people here, if this and thrush in other areas is a constant re-occurring problem, you may want to be checked out for type 2 diabetes. Constant thrush can be a very common first indication of diabetes, due to the fact that an abnormal presence of sugar in your system will also give a constant food source to fungal infections. That may be why they keep coming back no matter how much treatment you give them.

Don’t listen to the person saying to use antiperspirants; they’ll clog pores. Use vinegar or cornstarch and zinc oxide powders

Does this really work? .. I don’t even know how long I had this but I’m scared that I’m to live with this forever it’s embarrassing.

I have had these rashes for years. The doctor prescribed Nyatin CR + 1%HC powder. The heat and itching is gone within hours. I used to be able to prevent the rash by spraying an aloe mist from Shopper’s Drugmart in Canada, but I haven’t been able to find it in years.

Ann, if your breasts, underarm, crotch area are filled with tiny red bumps, that may be a fungus. Clotrmazole works, but it takes a long time. If it doesn’t clear up in four weeks, definitely see your doctor. Actually, wouldn’t hurt to consult your doctor if you have any concerns about it at all. Because if it’s not a fungus, using a cream like Cotrimazole won’t help it.
And I’m sorry to yell in all-caps, but: FOLKS! DON’T USE CORNSTARCH! IT FEEDS A YEAST INFECTION.

Have had this problem under the breasts and abdomen from time to time. I can’t make it not come back but I can control it. When the outbreak is first noticed, redness, itch, pimple type eruptions or odor, slime, etc., dab hydrogen peroxide (3%) on with a cotton ball. Wipe the entire area with it. Do this several times a day. It will take away the itch and ultimately the redness.
You can do this while in the full throws of the infection but it will sting for a few minutes. Then, blessed relief. To keep this all from happening in the first place get a powder puff and apply body powder daily to the affected areas.
If you forget the body powder and experience the problem again. H2O2 will again come to the rescue. No prescriptions needed. I would not use corn starch, creams or anti-fungus drugs. Hydrogen peroxide will also take care of any cuts or bites you may get. Also for use as a mouth wash, diluted.

Oh wow! didn’t know that breasts could also be attacked by fungus. How would you know if you have one? I guess it will be very itchy. If the main reason is fungal infection, then I believed normal otc drugs would work as a cure, like Clotrimazole perhaps.

I have seen a number of posts about using vinegar for rash. I definitely recommend you dilute it! I applied full-strength apple cider vinegar to the labia area, where I had a yeast infection, and wow! I thought I’d jump out of my skin with pain. (It didn’t work, unfortunately.)
One pill of Diflucan cleared it up. But the best advice came from my doc., who said to cut out sweets and bread. (My two favorite things, they are a definite comfort to me when feeling a little peckish.) I haven’t had that infection since.
I had an underarm fungus and mystatin (sp?) made it worse. It finally went away with an OTC nail fungus cream and it diminished considerably…. until I applied baby powder with cornstarch and back it came!
Too late I learned that powder with cornstarch just feeds a fungus or yeast infection.
I sincerely hope this is of help to someone, because I tell you—finding this site was like finding a roomful of friends, when I was suffering with that yeast infection. (It’s not exactly something you can talk about at work!)

I recommend avoiding SPANX and other body-shaping underwear. I’ve been jumping up and down about this on other threads. Spanx and other body shaping underwear is so tight, it creates a moist environment for bacteria. I am convinced that wearing that type of underwear….just once….brought on a yeast infection that was hella painful and itchy, both at the same time. Finally gone away after taking Diflucan. So do yourself a favor…let your little tummy bulge just hang out and stay away from those body shapers!

I’ve found my way, accidentally, to relief by trying the various methods noted above – even the sock! – but the absolutely worst experience I’ve had with this rash is when I went for a mammogram and the technician was as insensitive as anyone I’ve ever come across in the health profession.
It was agony. I asked for bacitracin after, and she grudgingly found a tiny packet for me, but her attitude made me feel like a wimpy little school girl who bawled over a hangnail.

I’ve tried everything ! I don’t even have big boobs I have a 32b finally after trying everything I tried sodium fluoride toothpaste and it completely went away and never came back.

TEA TREE OIL…GREAT for this, itching stops almost immediately and make sure if you sweat a lot to get a shower…TEA TREE OIL IS inexpensive and it is also, great for dry scalp, just need to do this at night to let it soak into your scalp…and wash out before u leave the house for greasy!:)

Friend of mine told me to use straight week later and the rash is gone!

I would recommend talking to your doctor about Hidradenitis Suppurativa my co worker has it. Are they painful??

Thanks everyone for the many recommendations for this nuisance of a problem. I am however, horrified some suggestions are to use creams/deodorants that contain aluminum on breast tissue :0

Yes. When my breasts get a certain kind of rash under them they weep like crazy. Its really painful.

I am so glad I found this site! It offers so many possible solutions to a problem I have had for so long. It’s too bad that the medical community only guesses at a solution. My doctors, too, can only say “keep it dry”, “here’s a cream (or powder)”, “we are not sure why” blah, blah. Success is temporary, at best. At worst, I’m itchy, sweaty, frustrated and uncomfortable.
I was pretty much on my own for a solution. Now I found you all! I am not alone in my quest for victory over this affliction. I have done alot of reading on the subject and it is often attributed to “sugar and carbs”. At least one comment here mentions she was successful in curing yeast by eliminating these products.
Has anyone else tried it for a while? With or without success? Thanks for your input and sharing your trials with me.

I am so happy I found this site! I share your affliction. As I read through many comments, it becomes evident that the medical community knows absolutely NOTHING about this condition. Apparently it’s a crap shoot on what works or doesn’t for each of us.
It sounds like most of us have had little success at eliminating this scourge and doctors don’t seem interested. I am going to try the various suggestions I have read. Thank you, Thank you! I hope something helps long term. I made it my mission last week (after a long dose of antibiotics) to find a physician who is knowledgeable about yeast infections. There has to be someone! Will share if I find someone.
The advice of “M” on Jan. 4, 2013 sounds especially promising. She says it worked and it is in some literature I have read. But giving up sugar and carbs for the rest of my life seems unlikely.
Thanks for making me feel less alone with this embarrassing condition.

The exact same thing happened to me! the tree oil totally stopped it but now I have a brown scar or something. how long did it take for it to fade?

This info has been great, but I woke up the other day and get getting a odd smell and could not figure out what it was and low and behold it was under my breast. I put desitin on the area and it was gone with in two days. I pray this does not happen again.

I just started getting this rash under my arm’s and between the thighs, I went to the Doctor she said it was a fungi infection Yeast infection, But I only started getting it after I joined a gym due to sweat I guess but what I don’t understand is I used to workout at home and sweat a lot and never got anything like this, But she gave me a cream called Lamisil and I bought Dettol to put in my bath hope it work’s cause this is my first time getting this…

Ok ladies, I have been dealing with the issue of rash between and under my breast for about 2 1/2 years now. I went to a doctor and all they did was prescribe me some cream but didn’t really tell me what was going on. The cream worked… The first time :/ but then it came back and when I used the cream again it seemed to make it worse. So I found this site and decided to try some of what was suggested.. I have tried gold bond, vagisil, lotramin, and tee tree oil. All of witch worked for a little bit but only to have the rash come back. I have also found that using any thing with corn starch makes it worse.
Ok so with the vagisil and lotramin it seemed to make the red rash turn into a brown rash and stop the growth, but never seemed to go away. When the rash started to grow larger and onto my chest I really started to freak out. I went and got the teatree oil. Now this made the rash stop in its tracks and stopped it from growing but it burned my skin and left it brown (I’m mixed with African American and white and fairly light skinned). So I was happy that it stopped it but not so happy with the scar.
I felt kind of defeated after this and I just hope that in time it would fade. I continued to use the lotramin and it seemed to work for about 2 weeks. Then a about a month ago I was at the gym and noticed that I was itching and burning between and under my breasts. When I got home and took a shower it was completely red and raw. Freaked me out!
So at this point I’m wondering what the heck am I going to do. So I went to Walgreens and looked around. I found NEOSPORIN ECZEMA ESSENTIALS. I thought what the heck if this doesn’t work ill just go to the doctor (not insured). I seriously noticed a huge difference the next morning. Redness was gone and itchiness subsided.
I have been using this product for about a month now and I am completely clear. Now the redness turned to brown in the beginning but slowly started to fade. Then the dead skin pealed off (this will be a little itchy) and my regular skin tone was back!
I am sorry for the long story. I just wanted to see if any one could relate but I do recommend trying the NEOSPRIN ECZEMA ESSENTIALS (they have a little trial pack at Walgreens). I also recommend maybe changing your laundry detergent to a free and clear no dye no scent detergent (ALL is good) because contact dermatitis might be an issue.
Please feel free to respond with any questions. This may not work for everyone but its worth a try! Good luck!!!!!

When the weather changes under my breasts get dry and start itching. It’s not red or anything, just itchy and dry. What could that be? And I’m only 23 and I’m not pregnant or do o have any children. Any advice will be helpful :)

I have had this for a year, I could scratch my skin off. I had a spot under my arm, which dried up after using the non-aluminum roll on deodorant I found at Walmart. But under my breast, I have used everything, from vinegar to listerine. An old Vietnam vet told me to use witch hazel. I use cotton pads and clean under my breast 3-4 x a day and it is clearing up. I also cut out sugar and bread. And drink 1/2 my weight in ounces of water. At least now I can get a full nights sleep. I also clean my vagina with the witch hazel. My sister says I have to detox my body, because the yeast infection on your skin is coming from the inside of your body. So starting it by doing the water detox. Good luck everyone.

I have a massive dark red rash underneath my left breast it smells bad and when I clean it yellow stuff is coming out it is painful sore itchy and getting bigger and worse. I have an upcoming appointment with my doctor. What should I do in the meantime?? thanks.

I tried the Listerine advice posted at the very beginning of this article, but I modified it just a bit. I just put a little Listerine on a cotton pad and cleaned the area underneath my breasts with it. After that was dry, I wet a cotton pad with water and a few drops of DETTOL. Yes, the British First Aid Antibiotic DETTOL. After letting that dry, I applied some Lady Anti-Monkey Butt powder and oh, what a relief it was! I followed this regimen for about three days and the yeast infection cleared up. The DETTOL has a piney scent, but it is not too strong if you first wet the cotton pads with water.

Wash with selsun blue twice daily. Dry the skin with a blow dryer, and apply an antifungal powder to the skin immediately afterwards. The powder can be used up to 3 times daily. Do this religiously and take probiotics and cut sugar and bread out of your diet and your skin will clear up quickly. Sugar and carbs will feed the yeast.

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions! I’ve been suffering with this condition for about 6 years – post menopause. I’m medium breasted, but sagging and “heavy”. Oral Pro-biotics help, as does Greek Yogurt with the Nystatin/Triamcinolone Cream always on hand. My dermatologist said the key is to “keep the area dry…” This last summer I discovered Johnson & Johnson (or a generic of same) medium size (3x3in) sterile gauze pads. These are “wick-away”, meaning they pull the moisture away from the skin. They are a perfect size for unfolding lengthwise, and laying under the breast while wearing a bra. They stay in place, and are not visible.
On really hot days, I would change every 4-6 hours. A roll of gauze would suffice, and allow for cutting larger lengths for those who might need more coverage – but be sure the package says “fast wicking, absorbent” For the vaginal area, I use a “wick away” panty liner. Hope this idea relieves some itching!

My doctor diagnosed yeast infection and prescribed nystatin pills. cleared up for a week then came back. Next doctor prescribed another round of nystatin plus nystop powder. same result.
I tried the path which sounded most logical from this forum, from Sherry on August 29,2011: natural deodorant salts, which I applied twice daily at first. I let it dry by keeping the area exposed to the air, they dusted with talc. Not cornstarch. Because although we call it “yeast” it is not a yeast like bread yeast, but rather a bacteria. Cornstarch is a refined sugar, and feeds bacteria if it is wet. Worked wonderfully. After two days, the extreme itching was gone. After a week the redness started to die down. Now, after 2 weeks, all itching is gone, and it looks pinkish, as if the skin itself is healing. I am applying once a day still, until all pink or red color is gone. Thanks, Sherry!! I was ready to scratch my chest off.
also, I see that YLA says, on September 20,2012, that she uses antiperspirant, and sometimes antibiotic cream and zinc oxide. So I wonder if the deodorant I use would work. It is a calendula preparation in zinc oxide, which is applied only every two or three weeks. It works by killing the bacteria that cause odor. I have used it for a couple of decades on my underarms, even when I worked as a horticulturist outdoors all day. I am going to try that after the infection clears completely.
thanks, all.

I have this problem under my breasts on and off in the summer remedy works pretty quickly. I buy a yeast infection like monistat…generic and its used for the outside.. family dollar has a good one for only like 3 bucks. After showering daily I would put the creme on then apply baby powder over top of it…mine is usually gone with in 3 to 5 days. hope it helps you out.

I have had this problem for years and the best thing I have found is to use an antiperspirant without perfumes, and keeping the area clean. For flareups, no cornstarch but triple antibiotic cream and zinc oxide, the baby type with applicators is great.

I had a yeast infection under my breasts (44 DD) for two years before I found out what is was! I scrubbed and scrubbed, just made it worse, Finally tried generic yeast infection cream one dot spread around everywhere skin touches skin under there. The next morning it had stop hurting, The next day is was gone and my skin color was normal after months of dark or raw skin under there, it was history! Now I wash dry and keep an eye out for the darkening of the skin under there, when I see it I just put a dot under each breast an never let it get as bad as it was.
Oh and I also use antiperspirant under there. When skin touches skin the sweat cannot evaporate and the yeast grows, got to stop the sweat. hope this helps somebody.

When the itch is making me crazy I use this for some immediate relief:
Monistat Soothing Care Itch Relief Cream
To keep the yeast infection under control I wash with dandruff shampoo… just the plain kind that has Pyrithione Zinc 1% in it. Be sure to dry the areas well and do what you can to keep as dry as possible.
The above keeps it under control but it never goes away for good. Haven’t found anything to do that …yet.

Hi everyone:
Thanks for sharing your stories and allowing me to glance on each unique experiences of a problem that is common to many accross the globe.
I recently discovered this red rash (raw) under my breast and small red pimples in the center of my chest. I went to by dermatologist who has been treating me for eczema. She advised me that I also have eczema under my breast, which I found strange since I thought it was yeast fungus. She prescribed the following oral tablets for me: Doxycline and Ketoconazole. After a week the my skin cleared up.
The rash returned four months after. I became frustrated and went on the net searching for home remedies. The highly popular result was cornstarch. I applied the cornstarch which did not abate my condition. It actually made it worse; the rash became very painful-burning and extremely red. I then rushed to my doctor whom I advised what I had applied to my skin. She told me that cornstarch is actually a food that the fungus requires to live and affect your skin.
I was given my regularly tablets, however I was cautioned that much of the resistant work will depend on me. I needed to apply a holistic approach to my health. I will now pay keen attention to what I eat, continue to exercise and drink plenty of water and eat yogurt and eat less sugar. Additionally, since I live in the tropics I will be required to wear only cotton bras. Also during the nights just sleep without a top on for cooling and properly ventilated area.

for what it’s worth. I’ve had yeast infections under my breast for the last 4 years. May sound weird, but I’ve tried the monostate, and the lotrimen, nystatin and other Rx stuff. the best thing I’ve found that clears it up in a few days is Secret Ph balance deodorant. I think the Ph balance has something to do with clearing it up. Wash really well, pat dry, use the deodorant and then dust lightly with Johnson and Johnson original baby powder. this seems to work the best for me.

hi there,
I have had my rash for a few months now but it is dark brown, do you think this could be a fungal infection I am too embarrassed to see gp. thanks

I am also a very large lady who has all the same problems. I go to my Dr and get cortisone cream and within a day its good. I have this problem in warm temps and when I am psm ing

In response to the lady with the skin rash under her breast, I went to the dermatologist about this problem after my doctor had prescribed several prescription creams that did not good. They told me to use Cetaphil Body Wash and Cetaphil Dry Skin Lotion twice a day. The rash was gone within a week.

Hi Ladies, this happened to me about 2 yrs ago too for the first time. I didn’t get the itching but had this circular red painful welt under one breast. I tried all kinds of different ointments like baby diaper rash,cortisone creams etc. Nothing did work until I went to the doctor and he explained it was a fungal rash like “jock itch” or “athlete’s foot” and prescribed an expensive cream that did take care of it. But it did come back again the summer after the first time. So I started reading up on this and also watching what I was doing, like getting an anti fungal cream (generic Clotrimazole) which worked as good as the expensive prescription cream, and washing and keeping the area dry with antiperspirant after the shower and didn’t have a breakout again for all most another year (which is now).
So after reading these posts I realized that I slowed down on my diet of Greek yogurt the last 2 months and hugely increased my sugar intake in that time due to stress, and here comes a super hot summer (I’m in Midwest) that’s humid, and zap it’s back. So went and got the anti fungal Clotrimazole worked over night for the pain, and definitely will get back on more Greek yogurt pro-biotic daily. I’m 58 and since menopause my body’s system has changed quiet a bit then before. I’ve had to change a few things like diet, lose some weight 20lbs and pay attention to my weak spots (sweets and bread) that aggravate my system. I never had to do this before but I’ve accepted that after menopause it’s like puberty in reverse, and my body decided to become a stranger and I have to figure it out all over again :)
I do know that cornstarch is a sugar and feeds yeast and fungus infections both. Gold Bond Talc is not made of cornstarch, read your labels and you’ll be fine. I did like the idea of the apple cider vinegar idea as that does work with fungus and would do it in a pinch if no anti fungal cream available. Generic tube is pretty inexpensive and so is talcum powder to help keep dry.
After reading all these though I do realize that people can have different types of rashes in these areas like psoriasis or even heat rash or other types of bacteria, and it is important to know what you exactly have as a cure for one can be harmful to the other. Like cornstarch is fine on heat rash but killer on fungal rash and nothing much at all for psoriasis or eczema. I know for me when something is right it works pretty fast a day or two at most showing improvement, and if not it stays the same or gets worse (stop doing and try something else)right away. It is trial and error sometimes but hang in there we’re all out there trying to help each other!! I’m so glad for this sight and there’s nothing to be shameful for, the only shame is when we don’t try to fix or take care of ourselves. Good luck to you all!!

Thanks for all the postings and the helpful info! I’m waiting right now for some prescription cream that my derm doc ordered for me this morning. This is the second “bad” infection I’ve had under my breasts in the last couple years.
After reading some of the posts, I’m beginning to think I know what has caused this last one. I’ve been going bra-less for most of the summer when I’m at home. I wear cotton loungers to stay cool. I also used to always use antiperspirant deodorant under my breasts and other skin folds to keep the moisture in check. I stopped doing that a few weeks ago as I’ve been going into the pool regularly and figured why apply the deodorant when it would come off in the pool. I think I solved at least part of the problem… I now need to get the cream applied and hopefully get this nasty red itchy thing gone!

I found that clean, cotton, no underwire bras worked great to let your breasts breath during the day. Cool showers and wash with baby wash (no perfumes, very mild) under your breasts, dry them real well and apply a mix of equal parts Monistat and Desitin will work wonders.

The only thing that worked for itching under my breasts is original Listerine. I put it on a cotton ball and apply after a shower. This really worked for me.

I have read on almost every Google info about the rash under breasts to NOT USE ANY POWDER OR ANYTHING WITH CORNSTARCH IN IT. Apparently cornstarch is a type of food for yeast to feed on and it will only aggravate the situation.

Wow isnt it great to be a woman!! When I was a teen I cried because I had large breasts and did not look like twiggy in my sweaters…. now I must endure night sweats, itchy under boob rash along with sagging mammaries.
My good news is spray TINACTIN works pretty well but as my daughter says the key is keeping dry…
Good luck

I have your problem. Nothing I tried works. I have big breasts and a bigger then normal belly.

I’m a big girl and I get this all the time, under my breast and also my panty lines, it hurts so bad and gets to the point to where it’s so bad its bleeding I can never wear a bra or anything because of it and I have been to the Dr and nothing is there a way to get rid of it completely? I’m so sick of having them and also the nasty brown stain they leave behind :(

I often get yeast infections under my breasts. It is very painful after awhile. I happened to be in the hospital one time when I had it and they gave me Nyastop. Which is a powder form of nystatin. It works very well.

I too, like so many of these ladies am overly pleased with finding this site! I apologize in advance for this being so long–BUT THIS HAS BEEN A LIFE LONG ISSUE FOR ME.
I am a 24 year old African American woman and overweight and have had this problem since I was a little, little girl at least 8 or 9 (I have always been fat/unhealthy). I thought however what is really fungi was burns that I had gotten after being popped by stove grease. My flare up appears in between my breast and are just little patches (which are darker than my skin color and look ashey and pilling when freshly bathed and dried) that spread only between the breast in the cleavage area-no where above that and now where under that. This “rash” does not itch or burn. In fact, I wouldn’t know it was there if I didn’t look in a mirror or look down at my chest.
****I never thought this to be a serious issue because I’d been to doctors for check-ups and things and they always looked at my chest-never said anything or questioned the area-so I figured this must be normal. Andddd, I’d always seen African American women with large breast with dark areas and spots or something like this between their chest and just accepted this is what it must be like.
Again, this has been like that for years. In my younger years I just always thought I was dirty and would scrub relentlessly with soap and alcohol-it would never clear up though and I never told adults because I was embarrassed. So I instead just always wore shirts that went to my neck. In addition, I started growing breast at a very young age and always-I mean ALWAYS ONLY WORE SPORTS BRAS…looking back I know this could really be an issue too due to the sweat and moisture held in. During my pre-teen years, and teen years I never really allowed my chest to be out like that (in v neck shirts or swim suits), and when it was I was highly embarrassed and would try to cover it up with make-up.
Let’s fast forward to my early twenties, I can’t say that I remember seeing it or worrying about it so much–the fungus had to have cleared up because I can’t remember it being an issue–however I also know that at this age is the time I have been trying on and off to get healthier and eat healthier. Looking back at a couple of photos the “rash” was still there but extremely faint (very very close to my normal skin completion)!
I ended up coming across this site because just recently in the last week or so I realized that the spots were back-DARKER THAN EVER in the past couple of years. Its like they just appeared over night or something. Starting to panic I came across this site, which has put MANY THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE! I know that this flare up is due to the DRASTIC AMOUNT OF SUGAR that I have had within the last couple of months. A few things have been going on with me- to get my high blood pressure down I started eliminating salt…and in turn created a craving for sugar that I HAVE NEVER HAD BEFORE. I mean, just eating large chocolate frostys for no reason, eating cheesecake for no reason, drinking coffee with tons of sugar and cream, and making southern sweet tea with drastic amount of sugar. Typically I am not a sweets person at all, and never have been–again, this is how I know this is due to bad eating. With that being said, it cleared up once before by itself, I’m hoping it will due the same again with eating right.
I am scared to try an ointment or anything else because I don’t want the rash to be irritated and I don’t want to have to use a cream or anything else on a daily basis to subside possible flaring. If I were to use something, I want to use something that knocks it out completely-by just using it until it fights the fungus off (and me never having to turn to it again).
I hope this helps someone…those ladies above that really explained things really helped me. I will be sure to update and follow up with what happens!

Don’t go without the PAP. Wear headphones with nice music or “book on tape” or tell jokes or find a different doctor. Try a nurse practitioner. I like them better. Home remedies, yes, but don’t skip prevention. I’d hate to think that a great person like yourself would find a surprise too late down the road that could have been caught early. Treat yourself as precious as you are. We all deserve the best of care.

An update: I have found the following routine to be very helpful. After bathing, I dry all fold areas well with paper towels, then dry them until completely dry with a hair dryer set on warm, and then apply Gold Bond powder extra strength in the green cannister. If I see the beginning of a rash in any area, before using the hair dryer I apply a thin layer of a product called FungEx that I bought at the health food store, and then dry that completely with the hair dryer and then apply the powder. That will clear it up in a day or two. I also have started eating Paleo, meaning I don’t eat carbs, (no grains/dairy and limit fruit to 1 – 2 servings a day,) and my total carb intake is less than 100 g a day. I haven’t had a severe outbreak since I’ve gone to this regime.

HI! If you have a dollar store or a 99cent store near you.You can buy medicated body powder for $1.00 it’s just like mexana, ammens, or gold bond medicated powder. I use it all the time, and it helps control the red bumps and pain from the yeast under my breast. good luck, aleida

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