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    cut myself shaving
    inpainhelp posted:
    I have cut my armpits while shaving with a cheap razor, they are very sore and red and it has been over a week and is not healing. Any ideas of what to help with the pain and healing. I have tried, Neosporin, Bactine, Eucerin cream? I am at a loss.
    MissCaptainKirk responded:
    I think the problem is actually your antiperspirant (which I am assuming you wear). Antiperspirant has aluminum in it, which causes irritation, especially on sensitive or broken skin. Instead of antiperspirant use deodorant, preferably an all-natural one. I know that they sell Tom's and Burt's Bees deodorants at Wal-Mart.
    I would actually not put anything on your armpits for a couple days to let the skin heal and whatever you do, don't wash them with scented soap. Then use the deodorant for a while and then you could switch back to antiperspirant when your skin heals. (But plan ol deodorant is better for you :) )
    Good luck!
    Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
    Dear inpainhelp,
    I am concerned that you may have developed an infection from the cuts. You should see a dermatologist if this hasn't gotten better. The other thing that commonly happens is that people develop an allergy to one of the creams that they're applying to help the problem in the first place. This is very common with Neosporin and the over-the-counter creams and gels that end with "caine" or "dryl". This is another problem that a dermatologist would be able to diagnose and treat.

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