Many women experience itching underneath their breasts during the months of summer. It especially tends to be a problem for women with larger breasts. While this problem can be very uncomfortable, it is generally not a cause for concern. Here are some of the things that you should know about itching under the breasts.
What Causes Under the Breasts to Itch?
During the heat of summer, many women experience breast sweating, mostly underneath the breasts. Not only is this problem very uncomfortable, but it can lead to yeast and or other types of fungal infections underneath the breasts. Since the area beneath the breasts is moist due to the sweat, it is the perfect place for yeast and fungus to grow. Most women who experience these problems will notice a red rash underneath their breasts, as well as severe itching.
How Can Under Breast Itching be Treated?
The best thing that you can do is visit a doctor for a diagnosis. While over-the-counter antifungal creams are known to be very effective, the doctor will also likely prescribe you with a topical medication which can be prescribed to get rid of the problem. Women who have a yeast infection underneath their breasts will also benefit from eating yogurt with active cultures and avoiding foods which are high in sugars.
Can You Prevent Breast Yeast or Fungal Infections?
There are a few things that you can do to help decrease your chances of getting a yeast or fungal infection underneath your breasts.
1. Be sure to shower every day and immediately after becoming sweaty, such as when working out or spending time in the sun.
2. Apply baby powder to the breasts. It will absorb the sweat, which may help prevent a yeast or fungal infection from developing.
3. Avoid wearing a bra at night. While some women find sleeping without a bra uncomfortable, it allows your breasts to “breathe.” It can help prevent them from sweating even more. If that’s not feasible, consider a loose sports bra instead.
4. Wash bras from former yeast infections in vinegar. This will help get rid of the yeast and prevent the infection from reoccurring.
Under breast itching is often harmless and nothing to worry about. This is especially true if it occurs in only one breast. That said, it is still best to seek a doctor’s evaluation before trying to treat the problem. If other symptoms such as breast soreness, enlargement, nipple discharge, areola color changes, a lump, a change in the skin’s texture or anything else occurs, it is ideal to seek the attention of a doctor right away.
AskDrSears.com, “Breast Infection – Yeast?”
UAB Medicine, “Fungal Infections of the Skin.”