Rash Under the Breast - Intertrigo

Also known as intertrigo, a rash under the breast is a common condition that can occur at any point in your life. It usually appears on the folds of the skin, when the skinfolds on the breasts rub together and trap moisture.

Causes of Rash Under the Breast

Intertrigo is not restricted to the breasts only and can appear on any other part of the body where there are skinfolds, and the skin tends to rub against each other. If the area is left damp and warm, a bacterial, fungal, or yeast infection is likely to develop, in addition to sores, swelling, and blisters.

Intertrigo can be caused by:

  • Friction between the breast skin folds
  • Moisture
  • Lack of air circulation
  • Heat

These causes can lead to symptoms like:

  • Itchy skin
  • Raw skin
  • Red rash
  • Cracked skin, and eventually pain

Treatment for Intergo / Treatment for Rash Under the Breast

Treatment of a rash under the breast always depends on the cause, as well as the severity of the condition. The most likely form of treatment is by keeping the affected area dry and well-aired.

If further treatment is required, the goal would be:

  1. Keep the area dry
  2. Reduce the friction of the skin
  3. To stop the rash from spreading by treating any infection that might be present
  4. To reduce the inflammation

The treatments of rash under the breast include:

  • Anti-fungal creams
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Steroid creams
  • Barrier creams

How Rash Under the Breast Can be Prevented

If you’re at risk of getting rash under the breast, or you already have it and you want to prevent the irritation from getting worse, there are simple things you can do. These include:

  1. After taking a bath or shower, thoroughly dry the skin under your breasts. You can do this by gently patting the area with a soft and clean towel.
  2. Use a gentle soap to wash the area under your breasts in the morning and night.
  3. If the skin folds are as a result of being overweight, then losing weight might give you some relief, by reducing the friction between the skinfolds.
  4. Always wear a well-fitting bra that is made of an absorbent material like cotton. Nylon fibers always trap moisture. If the rash is wet, change your bra daily, and use cotton dressings to avoid worsening the infection.

Next Steps

At King’s College Hospital London Dubai, our Breast Care Clinic caters to every type of changes within the breast. If you are facing any kind of breast rash, get in touch for a consultation with one of our breast doctors. For more information on breast cancer and breast care, book an appointment below.

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