Karen, a 25-year-old school teacher in California, experienced a nasty rash under her breasts. Last week, after a long summer day at work, while changing her clothes, she noticed painful and itchy rashes under her breasts, which became worst in a couple of days. When she wore the bra, it irritated the small red boils but when she didn’t wear the bra, the sweat, and rubbing of the under breast skin to the chest skin made matters worse. She really did not know how to deal with that problem. She was also feeling embarrassed even to discuss that with anyone.
Karen is suffering from rash under breasts, which is a common problem among women who are overweight or have large pendulous breasts and women who are diabetic. Some women experience itchy rashes under the breasts while some experience dark rashes under their breasts which leave scars and marks.
What Causes Rash under Breasts?
There are many causes due to which a person can experience rashes under the breasts. Let’s have a look at them:
- Excessive Sweating: Excessive sweating often leads to rash under breasts. It clogs the sweat ducts and hair follicles of the skin, which leads to irritated skin and rashes. The sweat builds up under the breast area and gets trapped there, making the rash worse.
- Fungal Infection: Candida is a type of yeast or a fungus that thrives in warm, sweaty and moist areas of the skin, which causes a fungal rash under the breast. This type of rash is common among diabetic women because the glucose present in their perspiration and sweat accelerate the growth of yeast in the folds of the skin.
- Bacterial Infection: A specific bacterium called Staphylococcus Aureus also causes a rash under the breasts. Due to this bacterial infection, you may also notice red and swollen pus-filled boils, furuncle or abscess under your breast area.
- Scabies Mite: Another common reason for rash under the breast is the scabies mite. You may see reddish bumps appear under your breasts if you are attacked by the scabies mite. These are microscopic mites that can be transmitted through sharing of infected clothing, beds, blankets, or clothes. They can also be transmitted by skin contact with an infected person.
- Allergy: Allergic reactions from chemicals in detergents or soaps or from acrylic and polyester brassieres can cause itching and rash under your breasts.
- Wrong Bras: Wear 100% cotton bras, so that they soak the sweat and prevent allergies or infections from aggravating. Wearing 100% organic cotton bras is ideal because they soak the sweat and keep your under-breast skin dry. Wearing a shapely supporting bra can give your breasts the lift that you need to prevent them from sagging and accumulating sweat in the folds below.
Symptoms of Rash under Breasts
- Redness and itching
- Pus filled boils/abscess
- Reddish bumps
- Pain and tenderness
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Rash under Breasts:
- Cold Compress: Cold compress helps relieve the burning sensation caused by rashes. Take a few cubes of ice in a Ziploc bag and wrap the bag in some tin foil. Again wrap the tin foil in a clean cloth. Press the ice pack against your skin to soothe your rashes and keeping your skin dry.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch absorbs the moisture of the skin. Clean your skin with soap and water and pat dry. Dust some cornstarch under your breasts to keep them dry and fresh. However, do not use cornstarch if you have a fungal rash under the breasts because fungi feed on cornstarch and thrive more.
- Apple Cider Vinegar/White Vinegar: If your rash is the result of chemical irritants in detergents, then you can soak your freshly washed bras in a vinegar solution and wear them without a hassle. Take a bucket of water, pour 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to it and soak your bras in the solution. Rinse and dry them. They are ready to wear.
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: It consists of lauric acid that gives it antifungal and antiviral properties. Take 1 tsp of extra virgin coconut oil and dab it on your rash with the help of a cotton swab. Repeat it at least 2-3 times daily for good results.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Loaded with healing properties, olive oil soothes the skin and reduces inflammation. Take 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil, dab it over your rash under the breast with the help of a cotton swab. Repeat it at least 2-3 times daily for good results.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is the best remedy for any kind of skin infection or rash. It has antifungal properties that can help you get rid of fungal rash under the breasts. You can best use tea tree oil in combination with coconut oil or olive oil. Add 4 drops of tea tree oil to 2 tbsp of olive oil/coconut oil and apply this oil mix on your rash prone area to treat rash under the breasts.
- Black seed Oil: Loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, black seed oil or Nigella sativa oil can fight both the bacterial rash and fungal rash under the breasts. The black seed oil is also a natural antihistamine, which means in the case of any allergy, black seed oil can treat the rash under the breasts. You can apply the black seed oil to your rashes with the help of a cotton swab. Apply it 2-3 times in a day for best results.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is loaded with natural healing and skin repairing properties. Take an aloe vera leaf, de-thorn its edges, remove the green skin with a knife and scrape the gel with a spatula from within. Collect the gel and refrigerate it. Apply it to the rashes 2-3 times every day to soothe and heal.
- Basil: Basil has wonderful antibiotic properties that fight Staphylococcus bacteria which give you the horrible red bacterial rash under breasts. You can grind 5-6 basil leaves with 1 tsp of olive or coconut, and apply it to your under breast rashes. Keep it for 15-20 minutes. Wash away with cool water. Repeat this process daily until the rashes subside.
- Garlic: You may not like your body smelling the garlic, but garlic is rich in effective antifungal and antiseptic properties that can beat the nasty rash. Make a fine paste of 6-8 cloves of garlic with 1 tsp of your favorite oil from the olive, coconut, basil, or black seed oil. Apply this paste under your breast rashes and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Wash it away with cool water. Repeat this process daily until you get rid of the rash under breasts.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice prevents the growth and spread of infection. You can use it as an astringent and cleanser for your rashes. Dilute 1 tsp of lemon juice with 1 tsp of water and dab the mixture on your rashes with the help of a cotton swab and leave for 25-20 minutes. Clean with cool water and pat dry. Do it regularly to treat the rashes under your breasts.
- Calendula Oil: Loaded with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties, calendula disinfects the skin and heals the rashes deeply. It also prevents scarring and marks. Take a few drops of calendula oil and dab it on the rashes under your breasts. This oil will get absorbed by your skin in a while. Repeat this process 2-3 times in a day for best results.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda helps get rid of inflammation and itchiness. You can mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 3 tsp of water. Apply it to your rashes with the help of a cotton swab. Leave it on the affected area for 10-15 minutes and rinse it with cool water. Repeat it daily to get rid of rash under the breasts.
- Turmeric: Turmeric works as a powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. Boil 1 tsp of turmeric in a cup of water for 2 minutes. Let it cool and use this liquid to wash your under breast area. You can also add ½ tsp of turmeric powder to 2 tsp of milk and make a mixture. Now apply it to your rashes with the help of a cotton swab. Leave it on the affected area for 10-15 minutes and rinse it with cool water.
- Neem: Neem or Margosa’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties make it an effective healer of rashes under breasts. Boil a few neem leaves in 1 liter of water. When the water acquires a greenish color, switch the flame off. Use this liquid to wash the under breast area. Repeat this process daily till the rashes subside. You can also apply some neem margosa oil under your breasts. Another way to treat the rash under your breast is to make a paste of handful of tender neem leaves with a pinch of turmeric and some coconut oil. Apply this paste to your rashes and watch them vanish with repeated use.
- Honey: Honey is a natural antibiotic. Applying honey on your itchy rashes under the breast can help it heal faster and deeper. You can use honey or mix it with any of the above- mentioned ingredients. Mixing it with black seed oil, basil oil, neem or turmeric makes it a fantastic medicine.
Additional Tips for Rash Under Breast:
- Wear cotton bras to avoid sweat retention.
- Maintain good hygiene and shower daily.
- Wash your bras before you wear them again. Wash them often.
- Keep your under-breast skin dry with the use of prickly heat powder.
- Wear a good supporting under-wired bra.
- If the rash persists for more than a few days, visit a doctor.
Now you have some knowledge regarding rash under breasts, its causes, and home remedies. So, do you want to try some of the home remedies that are mentioned above? Which home remedy you are going to try for your rash under the breasts? Or you have already tried the home remedies? If yes, then share your experiences with us.