If you’ve developed a red rash under your breasts, it may not be a yeast infection at all. When a rash is present in an area where skin on skin contact occurs, this is known as intertrigo. Intertrigo is inflammation of the skinfolds that is caused by increased moisture and friction in the areas where skin meets skin. The area with intertrigo can produce intense itching, burning sensations, and stinging sensations (Kalra, et al.; 2014). Intertrigo is a rather common skin condition--especially in the obese who have more skin folds (Janniger, et al.; 2005). The slight plaque that builds up in the skinfolds also can harbor bacteria and fungi that can cause a secondary infection (Yosipovitch, et al.; 2007). If you do have intertrigo under your breasts or other area, it may also have a terrible foul smell.
The issue again is skin on skin contact; so, the amount your breasts sag and come into contact with the skin beneath them is going to determine your risk for developing intertrigo under the breasts. The inflamed skin under the breasts can be an open door for Candida; the fungus that causes yeast infections. So, if you notice a rash starting to develop under your breasts, you should start treating it right away. This should reduce your chances of developing a yeast infection under the breasts. A study published in the American Family Physician [72.5 (2005): 833-838} discussed how to treat intertrigo when you notice it. The study stated the following:
The usual approach to managing intertrigo is to minimize moisture and friction with absorptive powders such as cornstarch or with barrier creams. Patients should wear light, non-constricting, and absorbent clothing and avoid wool and synthetic fibers. Physicians should educate patients about precautions with regard to heat, humidity, and outside activities. Physical exercise usually is desirable, but patients should shower afterward and dry intertriginous areas thoroughly. Wearing open-toed shoes can be beneficial for toe web intertrigo. Secondary bacterial and fungal infections should be treated with antiseptics, antibiotics, or antifungals, depending on the pathogens.
Managing Under Breast Intertrigo
Keeping the area under the breasts dry and free of skin on skin friction is key. These are a few suggestions to help reduce moisture and friction beneath your breasts!
- Dry your underbust thoroughly after it gets wet! If you take a shower try and dry the area under your breasts thoroughly. You may even want to use a blow dryer to evaporate any residual moisture that is present after you towel off. You may want to use baby powder under your breasts for a while if you currently have intertrigo there; it can help reduce skin on skin friction and capture any sweat that develops during light activity! If you know you will be prone to sweating due to an activity you engage in during the day, you may also want to change bras after your activity is done.
- Get the right type of bra. What is important in your bra is its ability to keep the bosom away from the skin underneath the breasts. If you have never been professionally fitted for a bra; now could be the time. An underwire in correctly fitted bras should not be too much of a problem--if it keeps the breasts off the skin it is doing some good! It would also be wise to get a sports bra designed to wick away moisture from the breasts; or, at least use an absorbent all-cotton bra.
- Wear a cotton bra at night. If you sweat during the night, you may want to wear a cotton bra while you sleep. This will help keep the breasts off the skin and draw away some moisture from the under breast area. However, wearing a bra all the time can cause problems; so, only do this while a rash is present. Try and be bra free while you sleep at night when there are no skin problems present!
- Buy a few bra liners or napkins. There are a lot of companies that make bra liners and napkins that can be placed next to the skin to draw away moisture. Another option is just to stuff some tissue paper in your bra to soak up sweat; just try and change it a few times a day!
- Use an antiperspirant under the breasts! There are some who refuse to use antiperspirants due to concerns about the chemical’s effects on health; however, if you use antiperspirant already, you can also use it under the breasts. This should help reduce the amount of perspiration that occurs in that area and can help to mask any unpleasant odor of existing intertrigo.
Yeast Infection Under the Breast
A yeast infection under the breast is often a secondary infection that was given a way to form due to intertrigo. Often, a yeast infection with intertrigo will have a horrible smell (Kalra, et al.; 2014). Another sign that it is yeast under your breasts is a layer of white film or white patches. Candida is white in appearance, so a severe skin infection will be white in color in some places. Candidiasis of the skin will often result in well defined red patches on the skin with slight scaling. Small raised swelling bumps without pus and small bumps with pus can also appear on skin infected by Candida (Scheinfeld, 2007). If you see your skin bearing any of these signs, you may have developed a yeast infection under your breasts.
According to a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology [7.1 (2001): 53], keeping the area under the breast where yeast has infected dry is essential to treating this condition. The paper also suggests using some sort of powder (such as talcum powder) to reduce the amount of friction that occurs between the breasts and chest. Consequently, the therapeutic protocol for under breast Candida is a lot like what you’d do for plain intertrigo in that area.
Do you Have Diabetes?
Diabetes can make you more likely to develop a yeast infection on your skin--particularly under the arms, in the lower abdomen where you legs are attached, and under your breasts. A study demonstrating the correlation between Candidal intertrigo and diabetes was published in Diabetes Care [16.4 (1993): 560-563]. The study was done on patients with Diabetes mellitus type 2 (formerly known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes; this 1993 study referred to the diabetic patients as NIDDM patients) and a group of non-diabetic control subjects. The study analyzed the moisture on the skin and skin pH at various locations on the body. The locations included under the arm (axilla), lower abdomen adjacent to the legs (inguinal region), forearm, and underneath the breast (inframammary region). Both control and diabetic groups were comprised of men and women. The study found that the diabetic women had more moisture and a higher pH in the lower abdomen, under the breasts, and in the armpits. Moisture helps Candida grow, and Candida does not like a low pH; thus, having a higher, more alkaline, pH will be more ideal for Candida growth. The researchers concluded that the elevated pH of the diabetic’s skin would possibly increase their likelihood of skin yeast infections in these various body areas. The chart below was taken from the study and shows the pH of the various regions on the body of the patients who participated in this research.
Obesity can Increase Risk
Being obese can also elevate your risk of developing a Candida infection of the skin. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology [56.6 (2007): 901-916], defined obese individuals as an “at risk” population for Candidal skin infections. The study related the fact that obese individuals can develop plaques under their skin folds. These plaques can contain bacteria and fungi, making it possible for these microorganisms to cause a skin problem. Obese individuals have more skin folds due to a higher amount of subcutaneous fat. This fat increases the body temperature and results in more sweat being produced. The increased friction and sweat in the skin folds allows for a more suitable environment for yeast to overgrow. The inframammary region--the under side of the breasts--is also a problem area. Intertrigo in obese individuals is also more likely due to increased skin moisture, friction, and lack of ventilation of skin folds. Intertrigo induced inflammation of the skin can be a point of entry for Candida (Kalra, et al.; 2014). So, if you are overweight, you are also more likely to develop a yeast infection under the breasts or other area with skin folds.
Naturally Cure Candida Under the Breasts
Candida species can be well managed using natural medicine. What would be prudent to do is to use honey mixed with essential oils to fight a skin yeast infection. Every night before you go to bed, you can add essential oils to honey and apply it directly under the breasts where Candida is causing your problem. Some essential oils that can be used with the honey include the following:
- Tea Tree Oil (you will need at least 2% of your mixture to be comprised of this oil; don’t go over 5%)
- Oregano Oil (add a few drops of oregano essential oil to the honey)
You can also mix in some cinnamon powder into the honey as well. Cinnamon bark powder’s phytochemical makeup causes it to have potent antifungal capabilities. Just make sure you don’t add so much cinnamon powder to your honey that it loses its viscosity; it should flow and stick to the skin nicely! For more information about how honey can cure Candida problems, you may want to check this article out: Honey for Yeast Infection.
By using this natural treatment every night, you should see your yeast infection under the breast go away. Just make sure to keep the area dry and follow the tips for keeping under breast intertrigo away. The reduction of moisture and friction in the area beneath the breasts should also help to keep Candida from colonizing that skin.
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