Millions of women every day suffer from breast rash. Breast rash can make any day miserable, ruining even the most perfect moments. If you get breast rash chronically, or are searching the Internet because this is the first time, don’t worry! There are ways to help prevent and even get rid of this annoying rash! Lets take a look at what it is, and what causes it. Finally, lets look at ways we can help get rid of it.
Breaking it down
Breast rash is an irritation and redness of the skin located below the breasts. It is particularly a nuisance and problem because of its itchy and then potentially painful sores. The chest and skin under the breasts can trap moisture and heat. This becomes a place for bacteria, yeast and other infections to breed.
So what can cause breast rash? Well sometimes the environment can be the leading factor. Humidity and heat can cause sweating and rashes. The chances of these rashes increase if you are diabetic, over-weight, or have large breasts. This can lead to the appearance of itchy bumps. These tiny, red nodules will usually go away in a few days.
In addition, an infection of the skin can be caused by heat, moisture and rubbing. This allows bacteria to get in, which then easily spreads to the surrounding skin. Allergies can help irritate and start this. Some people have allergic reactions to the metal in bra clasps, or the fabric used. Finally, if the redness begins weeping, then it could be a fungal infection.
What can I do?
The most effective thing you can do is wear loose fitting clothing made of organic cotton. This helps for two reasons. First, if you are unsure if it is an allergic reaction, then switching to organic cotton will tell you. It almost never causes allergic reactions to people’s skin. Second, loose fitting cotton allows for your skin to breath and air to flow, keeping the skin under your breasts dry and cool. Finally, try to not wear a bra when sleeping. The close fitting bra will help increase the temperature around the rash, rub it, and potentially cause further infection.
Beyond switching what you where, there are a number of lotions and powders that can be applied directly to the sore. Cornstarch is a well known remedy. Applying it directly to the rash, the cornstarch will alleviate itching and dryness. After rubbing against the rash and waiting for 10 minutes, remove with cold water. A popular lotion for removing rashes is Neosporin. After applying and waiting, wash away with cold water and a light detergent.
So, is this worth seeing a doctor about?
This depends on what you are experiencing. If it is just a rash, then you are more then likely ok. However, if it progresses and you begin having secondary symptoms, then it is a good idea to seek a doctor. These secondary conditions include a fever, a rash that refuses to heal after a week, or intense pain.