Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it is prone to several types of negative reactions. Skin irritation or rashes are some of the dangers you should protect yourself from, and this guide will help you understand and deal with a specific type of skin rash called intertrigo.
What Is Intertrigo?
Intertrigo is a rash that occurs under your breasts that can stem from the following:
- Excessive sweat under your breast
- Lack of ventilation under your breast
- Excessive rubbing. This could be due to your breasts or a bra that does not fit well
- Yeast. This could grow due to sweat and warmth
- Obesity. This might make the risk higher
- Breast feeding could cause you to have an allergic reaction
- Certain materials may have caused an allergic reaction
You can talk to your dermatologist about other possible skin irritants, such as specific medications or creams that you might use, just to be cautious.
Signs Of Intertrigo
The following are some signs related to intertrigo:
- You might see red patches of varying sizes under your breasts.
- Your skin may start to feel as if it was burning.
- There may be itchiness from under your breast, which can become quite excessive.
- You might see extremely dry or flaky skin under your breast.
- Your skin may ooze a bit should the condition become severe.
Be sure to talk to your skin care specialist, like those at American Dermatology, as soon as you can if you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, so that he or she can help get your skin back to normal.
The following remedies might help get rid of mild intertrigo symptoms, but remember that these remedies do not replace your dermatologist's advice.
Consider the following:
- Anecdotal evidence has shown that vinegars, like apple cider vinegar, can help dry the skin to help you deal with intertrigo. Just mix a tablespoon of vinegar to 1 quart of warm water, and apply it to your skin twice a day for 5-10 minutes for about 5 days, or for as long as your doctor says it's okay.
- Place a thin, 100 percent cotton piece of cloth under your breast to absorb sweat.
- Natural oils may make your skin a little greasy, which should help reduce friction with the skin under your breast. Consider dabbing a thin layer of coconut oil on your skin or under your breast.
As you can see, learning a little about how to prevent and deal with intertrigo can be helpful.