Rash under the breast is a common condition among women especially in women that are overweight or women that have large breasts. It is known as intertrigo and is characterized by irritation under the breast fold.
Common causes of under-breast rash include; wearing an ill-fitted bra, lack of proper air circulation around the breast, excessive sweating. You can tell, from the causes, that hot, humid climate and obesity can exacerbate rashes under the breast. However, allergic reactions to food or drugs could lead to under-breast rashes.
Rashes under the breast may also be accompanied by bacterial or fungal infection as the under breast fold may harbor the growth of germs. In severe cases, the under-breast rash could lead to blisters around that area.
Below are 15 natural home remedies and treatments to get rid of under-breast rashes;
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Wash the affected area with soap and water. Then, apply diluted apple cider vinegar to the affected area. Apple cider vinegar would help neutralize any chemical residue on your clothing that may exacerbate the rashes under the breasts. However, stop this remedy if there is any discomfort. You could also wash your bras with vinegar to neutralize any chemical residue.
2. Cold Compress Therapy
Wrap ice in a clean cloth and place around the irritated area for 10 minutes. This cold compress therapy can help provide relief from a number of under-the-breast rash symptoms such as burning sensation and itching.
Clean affected area and pat dry. Then apply cornstarch powder to the affected area. Cornstarch is very effective in providing itch and burning sensation relief. Cornstarch also keeps the skin dry. However, if you have a fungal infection, substitute cornstarch with talcum powder as fungi feed on cornstarch.
Soak a few cloves of garlic in olive oil overnight to make garlic oil. Apply this garlic oil to the affected region for several days. Garlic has antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make it a potent remedy for under-breast rashes. You could also increase your dietary consumption of garlic to quicken the healing process.
Dilute lemon juice with water and apply this diluted lemon juice around the affected area. Vitamin C, in lemon juice, has potent antioxidant properties that help prevents microbe growth and also quickens the healing process.
6. Calamine Lotion
Clean the affected area and apply calamine lotion. Calamine lotion helps keep the area dry. Thus, reducing the risk of infection. Calamine lotion also speeds up the healing process and provides relief from itching and burning sensation.
7. Witch Hazel
Apply witch hazel extract or tea on the affected region. Rinse off after 20 minutes. Tannins, in witch hazel, have astringent, drying and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep under the breast from infections, helps to also keep under the breast dry, reduce irritations and quicken healing of the region.
8. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area. Aloe vera has antibacterial and antifungal properties that provide relief to the itching and burning sensation. Aloe vera also has healing properties that quicken the healing process around the affected area.
9. Tea Tree Oil
Apply a mixture of tea tree oil and a carrier oil (preferably olive oil) to the affected area. Tea tree oil has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that would help prevent the growth of germs under the breast and also speed up the healing process. Ensure the tea tree oil is diluted with a carrier oil as a direct application may irritate the skin.
Place a thin piece of cotton between the lower end of the breast and the skin to act as a barrier between the breast and the skin and to also absorb sweat around that region. Putting a piece of cloth would help prevent accumulation of moisture around that region which, in turn, would reduce irritation and growth of germs under the breast.
Apply turmeric paste (made with water) or turmeric oil to the affected area for 15 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Curcumin, in turmeric, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and irritations as well as prevent bacterial growth around the region.
Apply warm or cooled down chamomile tea to the rashes. The volatile oils (bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B) and flavonoids (apigenin) in chamomile flowers give them potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that soothes irritation caused by the rashes and helps to speed up the healing process.
13. Basil Leaves
Apply a paste of crushed basil leaves and olive oil to the affected region for 20 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Basil leaves have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that help provide soothing relief from itching and irritation. Basil leaves also helps to hasten the healing process.
14. Coconut Oil
Apply coconut oil to the affected area. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties that help prevent infection, reduce inflammation and provide relief from itching and burning sensation. Also, due to the greasy nature of coconut oil, it helps act as a lubricant between the breast and the skin. Thus reducing friction that could lead to blisters.
15. Baking Soda
Apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar to the affected region. Wash off after 20 minutes. Baking soda would help neutralize any chemical irritant causing the rashes. Baking soda also has a soothing effect on the skin and help exfoliate any dry dead skin around that region. Mixing vinegar enhances the effect of the baking soda.
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