UNDERARM RASH – How to Deal with it?

Rashes can drive you crazy… And a rash in or on your armpit/underarm is more than annoying and discomforting!

Most of us have undergone that feeling – ‘the armpit rash’ comes in all shapes and sizes. Some are bumpy and red, some flaky and white, some may hurt and some are totally normal and common.

We have also suffered the itchy ones that will leave us pushed into a corner to scratch. But there’s certainly a piece of good news. These skin rashes are very common in this area (the skin under the arm is extremely delicate), and are temporary, treatable and even preventable. Let’s read more about the prevention and treatment of underarm rashes


SInce it;s a sensitive skin area, anunderarm rash can happen to anyone because of multiple factors. Knowing the cause of the rash is extremely important before taking measures to treat it and prevent it in the future. Some of the most common causes and types are –


Chafing occurs when the skin rubs against itself for too long or against the fabric, causing friction. Further, friction combined with heat and moisture, breaks down the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin that provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone) and can cause inflammation. Chafing is often accompanied by redness, stinging and burning sensation, swelling and in some severe cases cracked and bleeding skin.


This is a very common cause of skin irritation that occurs when you come into contact with an allergen or irritant. Many substances can cause such reactions, for instance, the fragrance in your deodorant or lotion, a new laundry detergent or even the fabric of your shirt. Such rashes are usually red, itchy, dry and can develop into blisters.


Another common underarm rash that is caused by hot and sultry weather and tight-fitting clothes is heat rash. Sweat ducts are blocked and perspiration builds up beneath the skin, causing a bumpy and sometimes painful inflammation. Symptoms may also include mild discomfort and itching, but they can become severe with continued excessive sweating or lack of treatment.


Eczema is another common cause of irritation that is found in the folds of the body such as the armpits. This rash is accompanied by an intense itch that people can’t resist, causing bleeding or oozing fluid due to continuous scratching. This skin condition is usually diagnosed in childhood and can cause flare-ups several times during the year.


Candida is a yeast infection that grows best on warm, moist skin, and underarms serves as the ideal breeding ground. Poor hygiene, tight clothes and hot weather can increase the likelihood of this type of infection and can worsen it. The symptoms can include swelling, itching, scaling, and red rashes.

How to deal with an Underarm Rash?

Some of the rashes disappear on their own and some need to be dealt with. Most of them can be efficaciously treated using an amalgam of medications and lifestyle changes.


During the rash and on other days too, staying on top of your hygiene game is the easiest way to deal with armpit rashes. Shower regularly with a mild cleanser, and wash away bacteria and sweat with soap and water. Dry the area under the arm thoroughly and if possible air-dry rather than using a towel.


If you notice that some of the perfumes, cosmetics, or deodorants you use or other skin products are causing a rash, stop using them right away. If you can’t do without them, switch up your products with natural ones or opt for a scent-free range for sensitive skin.


Loose-fitting clothes made with breathable fabric allows your skin to breathe, which is so important for healthy armpits. Wearing breathable clothes makes it easier for your armpits to get rid of toxins and also sweat doesn’t pool on the sensitive area.


Skin barrier gels or anti-chafing creams not only treat rashes but create a barrier between you and your skin or clothing. Regular use on rash-prone areas such as underarms helps in preventing the development of these rashes.

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