Many women develop Intertrigo, miliaria and other skin rashes under the breasts in the summer/humid months. Skin rashes are especially common during pregnancy or in women with naturally voluptuous breasts. Sometimes, malodorous heat rashes on the chest and underneath the breast area might also arise from hormonal changes that cause excessive perspiration. Also during pregnancy, the breasts tend to naturally swell up as a result of which the extra weight and folds of skin develop skin-on-skin friction leading to skin rashes.
Symptoms of heat rash under the breasts
Like in case of prickly heat rashes arising on various parts of the body, miliaria or prickly heat rash under the breasts is also characterized by the following symptoms:
- Red pimples or pustules in the folds of the skin under breasts
- These rashes are generally itchy and painful
- Many women report a foul smell emanating from the rash
- Some women experiences soreness and bleeding in the rash.
- Contact due to clothing might also cause further chaffing and irritation.
- Failure to treat the rash can lead to secondary or bacterial skin infections.
Some cases of heat rashes under the breast become so painful that many patients consider breast reduction surgeries to prevent this chronic problem.
Home remedies for treating heat rashes under the breast naturally
Prickly heat rash under the breasts is not a serious condition yet it can cause a great deal of irritation and pain to the sufferer. Here are some effective, tried and tested home remedies for treating and preventing chronic heat rashes under the breasts:
- Try to stay cool as far as possible. Avoid stepping out in the sun in the peak hours of heat. Seek shade where possible.
- Go braless when possible. It is especially important to avoid underwire bras as these can increase chaffing and worsen the inflammation caused by prickly heat rash under the breasts. When required, use only 100% cotton underclothing or quick drying sports bras while avoiding nylon fabrics that could increase the irritation.
- There are many ways of treating heat rashes under the breasts naturally using remedies like Aloe Vera gel, cooling Calendula extracts, or soothing prickly heat powders (such as Baby powder or Gold Bond® medicated powder) available over the counter. Aloe Vera gel can also be extracted directly from the plant’s leaves and applied on the rash. This can prevent pain, itchiness and redness caused by the rashes under breast area.
- Other natural remedies for heat rash under breasts include baking soda mixed with some water and applied directly to the skin to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Ensure that the rash is not caused by fungus. Fungal rashes under breast are more common in women suffering from diabetes. Have your blood sugar levels checked if you experience such rashes particularly if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
- Some cases of heat rashes under breasts can develop into bacterial infection which is characterized by pus formation. Make sure to have these treated immediately using oral or topical antibiotics as prescribed by a doctor.
- In summers, bathe using cool water as far as possible. You can also soak in a tub of warm water to which some colloidal Oatmeal has been added. This can cool and soothe the skin. Many women have also experienced relief from blowing cool air from a hair drier on the rash.
- Keep the skin dry after bathing. Avoid using harsh cosmetics, soaps or body washes as they tend to aggravate the rash.
- In winters, avoid wearing too many layers of clothes, sweaters, blankets etc as these can cause excessive sweating which can lead to heat rashes under the breasts.
- As an extreme measure to treat heat rash quickly, you could consider Botox injections to stop sweating and give you relief from breast rashes for several months.
Remember: if the heat rash under the breasts shows no signs of clearing up, you must visit a dermatologist immediately. Some rashes stem from an underlying health condition such as an allergy or even something more serious, like breast cancer. Such rashes under the breast must naturally be treated as soon as possible.