Breakouts under your breasts? Acne or is it something else? Fungus?

Do you constantly seem to have breakouts under your breast?

You’ve tried every acne treatment you can think of to no avail!

It may not be acne at all but a fungal infection.

What?!!

Yes, fungal infections aren’t just for the feet and your other feminine and masculine areas.

You can get a fungal infection just about anywhere on your body and under your breast is a more common area than you many think.

Sweat can pool and get trapped there, it is dark, the skin touches other skin causing friction and a nice dark moist fold for fungus to thrive.

First Thing First – go to Dermatologist!!!  They can take same samples-KOH Test (although it can usually be identified by appearance) and give topical or oral anti-fungal medications.

Click here for some google images of fungal infections.  Not for the weak of stomach and some included show genitalia so this link isn’t for everyone!

Signs and Symptoms (Appearance of Fungal Infection Under Breasts):

Redness

Swelling

Oozing

Itching

Tiny Red Patches

Peeling Skin

Skin can take on a Shiny Appearance

Soreness

Irritated, Pain, Burning

Red Flat Rash with Sharp Scalloped Edges

Raised “Pimple” like Bumps (Can Have White Puss)

What Causes a fungal infection?

A mycosis is a fungal infection of animals, including humans. Mycoses are common and a variety of environmental and physiological conditions can contribute to the development of fungal diseases. Inhalation of fungal spores or localized colonization of the skin may initiate persistent infections; therefore, mycoses often start in the lungs or on the skin.

People are at risk of fungal infections when they are taking strong antibiotics for a long period of time because antibiotics kill not only damaging bacteria, but healthy bacteria as well. This alters the balance of microorganisms in the mouth, vagina, intestines and other places in the body, and results in an overgrowth of fungus.

Individuals with weakened immune systems are also at risk of developing fungal infections. This is the case of people with HIV/AIDS, people under steroid treatments, and people taking chemotherapy. People with diabetes also tend to develop fungal infections. Very young and very old people, also, are groups at risk. Hot and or humid weather, tight or abrasive underclothing, and poor hygiene can all contribute to a fungal infection.

For skin related fungus it can be superficial or extend deep into the dermis of the skin.

How is it treated:

Antifungal drugs are used to treat mycoses. Depending on the nature of the infection, a topical or systemic agent may be used. Photochemotherapy or photopheresis is a technique used at medical centers for the treatment of mycosis fungoides.

Drugs to treat skin infections are Tolnaftate (Tinactin), an over the counter topical; Ketoconazole, especially used to treat tinea versicolor and other dermatophytes; Itraconazole; Terbinafine (Lamisil); Echinocandins (caspofungin); Griseofulvin, commonly used for infections involving the scalp and nails.

Yeast infections in the vagina, caused by candida albicans, can be treated with medicated suppositories such as tioconazole and pessaries whereas skin yeast infections are treated with medicated ointments.  Never use an anti-fungal medication that is formulated for the feet or else where on your body in your vaginal or penial area unless specified by your doctor!

Never use a a powder that contains Starch on a fungal infection, the fungus can feed off of the starch making the infection worse!

Tea Tree, Peppermint, Thyme, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cassia, Clove, Coriander, Lavender, Lemon, Oregano, Patchouli, and Rosemary essential oils are all excellent anti-fungals.

Again, I recommend going to the Dermatologist!  You can try self treatment with an anti-fungal wash (usual found in the foot care section of a store and will probably be labeled for athlete’s foot or jock itch).  You can use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to help dry under your breast after a shower to ensure dryness.  Massage into the area an anti-fungal cream, follow up with an anti-fungal powder to keep the area dry (again will probably be labeled for athlete’s foot or jock itch in the foot care section of a store)!  It is very important to keep the area dry to discourage fungal growth!  Apply the powder about five minutes after the cream to allow the cream to be absorbed so that the powder doesn’t get cakey when applied!

Zeasorb Super Absorbent Antifungal Treatment Powder for Jock Itch

AT Antifungal Cream, for Athlete’s Foot

FungiCure Medicated Anti-Fungal Soap for Jock Itch

FungiCure Medicated Anti-Fungal Soap for Jock Itch

Wear a cotton bra or other breathable fabric and wash your bra  or wear a new bra every day or more if you are sweating.  Moisture is the enemy!

Taking a probiotic supplement can help as well.  Never take a probiotic supplement without consult a Doctor first.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria used for the prevention and treatment of fungal infections especially yeast infections.  Remember the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, choose a reliable brand!  Take a daily probiotic on an empty stomach. When you wake up in the morning is good.

 

Articles on Probiotics:

Probiotics and Your Skin?  Do Probiotics Really Help Your Skin?

The New York Times

Dr. Oz

WebMD

Harvard Medical School

National Institute of Health

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

 

 

 

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