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Painful red rash under breasts
reba1058 posted:
I have a very painful bright red rash under both breasts. I've had it about 2 months and I have tried Lotramin Ultra which didn't help. I keep the area clean by washing with clear water at least twice a day. There are also blisters that come up and there is drainage that has a terrible odor. Does anyone know about this kind of rash and if there's something I can do to get it cleared up?
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Reba,

It could be something as common as a skin yeast infection but the only way to know for sure is to see your doctor and/or dermatologist. As you've found, rashes can get out of control fairly quickly and exact diagnosis and treatment is required. Treating rashes with the wrong thing can worsen the condition.
lowlo responded:
I did go to a specialist (dermatologist) and he could not or would not explain what I had or why I had this. His only statement to me was women your age should expect things like this. I am 76. He also told me to stop scratching it, over and over again he said this, ignoring the fact that I told him I did NOT scratch it, it is too painful to touch, let alone scratch it. He gave me prescription for Cutivate cream, which has made the condition much much worse. I am ready to give up on this doctor.
lowlo responded:
Caprice, dear; I too have tried all kinds of over the counter creams for this condition. What works best for me is Cortisone 10, or it did in the past. Now, even that does not work. Nor does the doctor's prescription work, but made it worse instead. Now I am going to try something old timey. I wash the area very gently with Witch Hazel several times a day. I may also use Apple Cider Vinegar. Then as a lotion, I will try first corn oil, and if that does not work, I will try Olive Oil (virgin). What have I to lose? The dermatologist was rude and uncaring and ineffective. He has no exact diagnosis except to say old ladies like me must expect stuff like this. HAH!
bettden responded:
Hi. I found a very painful rash under my breast about 3 days ago. I had noticed the pain but didn't realize there was a rash. I think it might be a yeast infection. The rash is going away. I am using a homemade soap that has lavender and tea tree essential oils in it - both are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. I also added lavender and tea tree essential oils to a lotion to apply. I put a folded paper towel under by breast inside my bra every day and discard it at night. I see the drainage on the paper towel and I think keeping the rash dry is helping it go away. Hope this helps.
deborahv23 responded:
I have the rash also but I keep it dry. I wash my clothes and try not to have a bra that is too tight like a sport bra. but I find that if you sweat a lot with the bra on, that is when the bacteria settles on those areas and makes the rash.
georgiagail replied to deborahv23's response:
A rash that itches and when scratched burns is likely a skin fungal infection (think along the lines of "jock itch" and athletes foot).

An over the counter cream for athletes foot/jock itch will cure this, although it may take several weeks to completely handle the situation. There are also sprays available but they tend to burn like the dickens when used!

fcl replied to georgiagail's response:
I very much agree with Gail although I didn't use a cream I used an anti-fungal powder. It can be cured and doesn't have to keep coming back.
slings4u responded:
Having had under-breast problems for years, I found remarkable relief by wearing a BreastComfort Sling - an extremely soft cushion with wicking fabric which elevates the breast to keep the irritated skin from reinfecting itself. I wear it as often as I can, particularly when I sleep. I no longer have itching or burning beneath my breasts and I've been able to dispense with cortisone creams and lotions entirely. I can't recommend it enough!

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