breasts and bra, overcome under-breast rash

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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  1. Judith

    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.

  2. Anne
    New Orleans

    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?

  3. oriole

    I use Redmond clay paste (

  4. Diana
    Washington State

    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.

  5. Anon

    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.

  6. Kim

    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.

    • Cuz
      south africa

      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.

  7. Katie

    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.

  9. Anne

    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.

  10. Mri
    West Bengal

    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.

    • Stasi
      Hartford, CT

      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!

  11. Angel

    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.

  12. Anita

    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!

  13. Lisa

    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.

    • Brenda

      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


  14. Lynn

    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.

  15. Claire

    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.

  16. Carol

    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?

  17. Mindy
    Mansfield, Ohio

    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!

    • Sara

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

  18. Antonia
    SF bay area

    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.

    • Mindy

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

  19. renee

    need a cure for yeast under the breast

  20. Linda Isaacs
    Rhinebeck, NY

    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~

    • Christy
      New Jersey, USA

      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?”

  21. Theresea

    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.

    • judy
      Frankfort ky

      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.

  22. claudia

    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.

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