Rash Under Armpit


Battling Rash Under the Armpit

Are you dealing with rash under the armpit? It can be itchy and annoying and given the location can cause quite a bit of discomfort. If you are having a mild rash which occasionally itches you may not even register the problem - the truth is that given the minimal attention many of us give the armpit area, it is likely that we will register a rash there only after it has become aggravated. The typical symptoms associated with armpit rash are changes in skin color with a general reddishness, black or red spots, some pimple like small protrusions, itchiness and even pain. Sometimes there is also increased odor and dry flakiness.

What are the likely triggers for developing rash under the armpit? It is most likely that the skin in the armpit area has been irritated by something that it has come in contact with and it is possible that this is a deodorant, perfume, soap or powder. If you have recently switched to a new product in any of these categories, you should try eliminating it to see if the rash subsides. This is the easiest and simplest way to identify and eliminate the irritant. Another likely cause for rash under the armpit is called folliculitis. This refers to an infection of the hair follicles that can be caused because they are damaged while shaving. If this seems like the likely cause, it is imperative that you stop shaving underarm hair and use other hair removal methods. You can try waxing or depilatory lotions or creams. Tight clothing which causes friction in the armpit region can also make the hair follicles irritated and lead to rash in the area and so it is a good idea to wear loose and comfortable clothing that allows air movement under the armpit.

There is also the possibility that underarm rash is caused by a fungal infection. This is comparable to the infections that people sometimes experience on the feet or groin region. These are areas which do not get light and air exposure and lack of good hygiene can allow fungal infections to set in. Moisture combined with darkness and lack of adequate ventilation is a recipe for fungal growth on the human body. It is necessary in this case to consult a doctor and get a proper assessment of the fungus triggering the rash. Then the doctor can recommend the appropriate anti-fungal cream or ointment to treat the problem. It is recommended that you keep the underarm area cool and dry to avoid fungal infections. It is also very important to be rigorous in practicing good habits of hygiene. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and make sure it is also completely dry after your shower or bath.

In the summer, and those who live in very hot areas, find that they experience rash under the arm pit as a reaction to increased body heat also. Wear loose-fitting clothes that help you stay cool, choose natural fabrics such as cotton or jute, which allow your skin to breathe and stay hydrated when is hot places as all this help the body handle the heat better. When you feel heat-induced discomfort, you can wrap ice-cubes in a towel or handkerchief and place it under your arm as this is an effective way of immediately making the temperature come down. 

There are some general tips that can be useful in handling armpit rash and can help prevent future outbreaks of the problem. The first and most important step is the habits of hygiene mentioned earlier. Keep the area clean and dry. Using some Vitamin E enriched oil, aloe vera and tea tree oil are supposed to be soothing to the skin and can be effective in topical relief while you are having the rash. They are also useful at other times to keep the skin healthy and smooth. Vitamin C is recommended for good skin also and it is worth considering taking a supplement as it can be useful to the body in other ways also. Be careful in choosing deodorants and perfumes and carefully monitor your body's reactions when you try put new products. If you find yourself facing repeated episodes of rash under the armpit is it critical that you talk to a doctor and consult a dermatologist as it may need to be treated with medication rather than over-the-counter creams.