Taking the time to assess what has caused a rash in the armpit area will help you determine the proper treatment. It is also important to take the time to learn about a few home remedies that help heal underarm rashes.
If you have experienced pain, a change in skin color, or an increased odor in your underarms, then you may have armpit rash. Generally, we do not pay much attention to or show much care for our underarm area. The only time we check it out is when we apply deodorant or shave. In most instances it is not a serious condition. However, it is important to diagnose the cause of the rash, especially if does not fade within a week.
Common Causes of Underarm Rash
· Excessive sweating – bacteria grow in warm, moist areas of the body
· Lymph nodes that are enlarged – enlarged lymph nodes can cause itching and rashes in the armpits
· Hidradentis Suppurativa – clogging and inflammation of the aprocrine sweat glands, which can become infected and develop cysts
· Fox-Fordyce disease – a condition identical to Hidradentis Suppurativa
· Candida infection – an overgrowth of Candida albicans (yeast), causing itching and irritation
Home Remedies to Treating Armpit Rash
Aloe vera leaves –
Apply the gel of aloe vera leaves on the rash and surrounding affected areas. Leave it on for some time and then wash it off with cold water.
Neem leaves –
Grind some neem leaves to make paste. Apply it all over the affected area. The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties help to soothe the itchiness and irritation to a large extent.
Olive oil –
Olive oil is known to have therapeutic properties. Apply it on the affected areas. It will penetrate into the skin and heal the rash effectively.
Baking soda –
Mix a half teaspoon of baking soda into your bath water. Alternatively, you can dust a little bit of cornstarch or baking soda directly on the affected areas for a drier feel.
Apply ice –
Apply ice to soothe the armpit rash and relieve itching.
Coconut oil –
Mix together coconut oil and baking soda to make it into a paste. Apply it all over the rash and let it soak for around five minutes.
Increase intake of Vitamin C –
Vitamin C can help avert infections that can disturb the skin.
Tea tree oil mixed with water –
This combo when applied on the underarm rash can kill the fungus and stop itchiness. Use a cotton ball when applying this blend on the affected regions.
Loose fitting clothes –
Ensure your armpits are as dry as possible. Wear loose fitting clothing that is made of porous fabric to allow air flow and use only a dermatologist recommended powder or deodorant.
Avoid Scratching –
Avoid scratching the affected areas, as skin abrasions triggered by scratching can lead to bacterial or fungal infections. Use a topical ointment recommended by a skin specialist if the itching becomes unbearable.
If the armpit rash does not seem to fade away with the aforementioned home treatments or reoccurs often, it is crucial to visit a specialist to determine the underlying cause. A dermatologist will be able to provide you with a more accurate diagnosis and treatment that will help cure the rash at its root cause.