by Maria Koropecky.
Having a rash under the breasts can be very debilitating. Unsightly rashes can undermine your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. A rash may keep you from wearing a cute bikini this summer, or from getting a massage, or from going out on a Saturday night.
To see what I’m talking about, do a Google Images search with the keywords “rash under breast.” You’ll notice many examples of people with reddish patches from the size of a dime to a tennis ball or larger, on the fold of skin beneath the breast and/or throughout their torso. Sometimes the patches are smooth and sometimes they’re bumpy.
Often these rashes will burn, itch and feel uncomfortable and may eventually grow larger or lead to dry skin, cracked skin, blisters, sores, scarring or infection, if they’re not treated.
Sometimes this type of skin rash can appear because of excessive sweating and by wearing an ill-fitting bra. Other causes may include having an allergic reaction to laundry detergents or by just living in a humid environment.
Also, this type of skin rash is known as Candida, a type of fungus. The rashes result from the accumulation of perspiration and this dark, moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for fungus.
Unfortunately, these common and stubborn skin rashes won’t go away on their own. You have to be proactive if you want to get rid of a rash under the breasts and lucky for you, I may have a speedy solution.
1) Change your diet
When my friend learned she is Celiac, she had to make drastic changes to her diet right away without delay. She no longer eats anything that has wheat (gluten) or contains dairy. (She has also chosen not to eat other foods as well). Not only has she lost over 100 pounds in less than a year, she also told me that after a few months, the rash under her breast went away.
That comment got me thinking. It’s common knowledge that the food choices you make will show up on your skin, for better or for worse. So maybe a rash under the breast can be treated with proper nutrition?
If nothing else, reduce the sugar in your diet. Candida infections are fueled by sugar, among other things, and reducing your sugar intake will go a long way to clearing a Candida infection.
If you’d like some guidance on testing whether or not certain foods are good choices for you, please read JJ Virgin’s, The Virgin Diet. In seven weeks, you’ll learn if soy, peanuts, corn, eggs, sugar, dairy and/or gluten are contributing to your skin and health problems.
Update: Here’s another tip I’ve just learned! Take Omega 3 supplements each day and see if that helps!
2) Cleanse your skin with Extra Strength Selsun Blue:
Selsun is a well-known dandruff shampoo. Make sure you buy the Extra Strength formula. It will say 2.5% on the label. The active ingredient you’re looking for is “Selenium Sulphide” which helps with Dandruff, Seborrhea and Tinea versicolor. Don’t be tempted to buy the regular strength even though it costs less and comes in a bigger bottle because it won’t work. My doctor said so.
So while you’re being careful with your nutrition, cleanse the affected skin with Selsun. Massage it into your skin for about a minute and rinse. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Make sure to cleanse the skin each time you shower or bathe.
3) Spray on Micatin:
Micatin Spray Powder is available over-the-counter in most pharmacies. The active ingredient is Miconazole Nitrate 2% which helps with athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm. After you cleanse your skin with Selsun, make sure your skin is completely dry. Shake the can well. Spray a thin layer of Micatin on your rash. It will feel cool which you may appreciate. Start by spraying twice a day, morning and evening. Spraying it on right before you go to bed may help you sleep better because you’ll feel some relief from the burning and itching.
If you cleanse your skin with Selsun and spray on the Micatin and avoid foods that don’t agree with you, you’ll start seeing the redness of the skin rash fade in three, four or five days.
Of course there are also many other home remedies you can try to treat your rash like:
- Remembering to keep the skin dry at all times as moist skin is more prone to fungal infection than dry skin.
- Dusting baking soda, cornstarch or bentonite clay on skin to whisk moisture away.
- Applying ointments made from ingredients like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, oil of oregano, tea tree essential oil, or turmeric topically for their anti-fungal properties.
- Applying Calamine lotion to soothe itching.
- Placing a cooling ice pack on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
- Washing clothes, especially underwear, in hot water, and using vinegar or unscented detergents.
- Not using dryer sheets when drying clothes.
- Washing bed linens often.
- Wearing clothes made of natural fibers which allow the skin to breathe.
- Not sharing towels, hair brushes or other personal grooming supplies.
- Showering promptly after a workout.
And if none of these suggestions work, as me about Energy Healing. An Energy Healing session will definitely speed things along.
This Homespunspa article shouldn’t be used as a replacement for medical advice and please see your doctor is your symptoms persist for several more weeks.
Rest assured, rashes under the breast can be treated. You’ll be sitting poolside and getting a massage in no time! Please leave a comment if you found this information helpful.