Judging from our mail bag, breast rash is a surprisingly common complaint among women. Not surprisingly, women have come up with some amazingly innovative ways to deal with this uncomfortable condition.
Q. I have suffered for years with dampness under my breasts. This leads to itchiness that will not quit.
When my kids were small, an emergency physician told me to use milk of magnesia on their diaper rash. It worked amazingly well, so I thought I’d try it on my own rash. I got instant relief! I use a blow dryer after I apply it and it keeps me dry all day. I have no more itching.
A. Under-breast rash appears to be surprisingly common. Anything that reduces moisture in skin folds may be helpful against the microbes that cause itching and irritation.
Other women also report success with milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). This old-fashioned laxative may help dry the skin and change the pH, making the skin less hospitable to bacteria and fungi.
“I use to dab milk of magnesia under my breasts, but now I use the People’s Pharmacy roll on milk of magnesia and enjoy easy, non-messy, and quick applications in addition to a healing plus preventive treatment! Thanks for such a great product!”
Other Breast Rash Remedies
Readers have suggested anti-fungal powders such as Zeasorb-AF or zinc oxide cream, also popular for diaper rash. Dandruff shampoo, Listerine, apple cider vinegar and witch hazel have also been recommended.
Susan in Missouri:
“I’ve been able to prevent these rashes under the breasts, & the underarms by using witch hazel. It’s also a good facial toner & an inexpensive alternative to the pricey toners at the cosmetic counters. I apply it with a cotton pad; it feels cool & refreshing.”
Lilly in Spokane, Washington:
“I mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol and use a cotton ball to wipe off any area that tends to get a heat rash. I do this as a precautionary to keep from getting a rash as once you get a rash, this treatment burns a little bit. Works for jock itch, athlete’s foot, under the breast and other delicate areas.”
M.C. in Greensboro, NC:
“I use amber Listerine, Zeasorb, and MoM. I do not use antiperspirant in the creases because of the aluminum content and I am breast cancer survivor. Your MoM Aluminum-Free Roll-On is my deodorant now as well.”
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