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What Can You Do for Under-Breast Rash?

Finding ways to discourage fungus on the skin should clear up under-breast rash. Anti-fungal creams or powders, zinc oxide ointment or vinegar may help.
What Can You Do for Under-Breast Rash?
Rash under the breasts

Hot humid weather that encourages sweating can aggravate the natural moisture of skin folds. The consequence can be a yeast or fungal infection on the skin. When this occurs near the groin, we call the resulting rash “jock itch.” There is no similar term for a rash under the breasts, but the problem is just as vexing. What can you do to get rid of under-breast rash?

Desperate for Solutions for Under-Breast Rash:

Q. I have recently developed an itchy rash under my breasts. I am allergic to fragrances (both natural and synthetic) and many powders and lotions just make the condition worse.

So far, going braless is my best solution, but this is not a pretty sight in a menopausal woman. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Going Braless Is Not Necessary:

A. We have been surprised by the number of women who complain about under-breast rash at this time of year. Then again, yeast and fungus thrive on the skin in hot humid weather. Warm dark skin creases such as the groin or under the breasts are especially susceptible to this problem.

If going without a bra is helpful, that might suggest that a bra liner to wick moisture away would be useful. Generally, this problem is more common in women with large breasts who may find it uncomfortable to go braless.

Fighting Fungus Should Help:

Some people report that anti-fungal creams such as those sold for athlete’s foot help or even clear up the under-breast rash. Your fragrance allergies rule out a few popular approaches such as Listerine and Gold Bond Medicated Powder, but there are other possibilities. Vinegar applied to the rash may make it less hospitable to fungus.

Some women use a diaper rash ointment with zinc oxide to protect the skin. One woman found that a mixture of one part witch hazel and one part unscented milk of magnesia made a soothing lotion. So long as you stay away from the fragrances that trouble you, one of these approaches may give you relief.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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