- Intertrigo: The Under-Breast Infection Connection
- Intertrigo (rash under the breast)
- 1. What causes a rash under the breast?
- 2. How is a rash under the breast treated?
- 3. What can I do to prevent getting a rash under the breast?
- 4. Further support
- Lana Veshta/Why do armpits have hair?
- What are the ingredients of sweat?
- Why do our armpits smell?
- Why does the smell of sweat vary between people?
- Where does the bacteria come from?
- What’s the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
- Are there natural alternatives to deodorants and antiperspirants?
- Why do some people sweat copiously, and what can be done about it?
- Why do armpits often itch?
- What are the most common armpit rashes?
- Why do we sometimes get armpit pain?
- Why do we get lumps in our armpits?
- What’s the best way to manage ingrown hair in the armpit area?
- Why do we get skin tags by the armpits and what’s the best way to treat them?
- Armpit fat—is it a thing?
- Should I try armpit lightening?
- Can armpit odor be a positive thing?
- Why do my breasts smell?
- What is a yeast infection on the breasts?
- Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection in Breasts
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Intertrigo: The Under-Breast Infection Connection
For many naturally voluptuous woman, having full breasts isn’t necessarily a stroll in the park. My buxom friends and patients complain of backache, permanent grooves and the difficulty of finding clothes that fit. As a dermatologist, the breast issue I see most often is what can happen underneath them — and that is an uncomfortable, unsightly and malodorous rash called intertrigo.
Mail Online published an excellent article this week on how intertrigo has plagued some women for years.
Tina Williams, the 62-year-old in Sheffield, England, who was interviewed in the Mail article, talked about her D-cup breast size.
“They never used to cause me problems,” she told the Mail, “but about 20 years ago I noticed a red rash under my chest. It could be extremely sore and sometimes it would bleed. At night I’d want to hold my bust up because it was so painful.”
“The smell was the worst thing,” Tina added in the Mail interview. “and no amount of showering or using cream seemed to get rid of it.” Her underwire bra worsened the problem, and she even considered breast reduction surgery at one point.
For women like Tina, I’d like to add my two cents and some words of hope.
What Causes Intertrigo in the Folds of Skin?
Essentially, intertrigo is an inflammation of body folds, a red, scaly chafing where the skin-on-skin area prevents perspiration from evaporating and results in a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. As a consequence, this perpetually dark, damp, warm area becomes a breeding ground for the proliferation of yeasts or bacteria already on the skin. These multiply, become infected, the skin breaks and the rash spreads.
Because it involves skin folds, intertrigo is a common side effect of obesity and can occur under the arms, on the belly, between the thighs, in the groin and even behind the ears. Diabetics are particularly vulnerable as their immune systems are already compromised. As unattractive as the rash is, what disconcerts people even more is the foul, oozing smell that is so stubborn that it won’t abate until the infection is completely cleared.
In the breasts – whether in the slender or the overweight – the issue is as much about sag as it is about volume, though bigger breasted women tend to have it worse . . . because it’s all about skin on skin. What makes the underbust area particularly painful though is its constant rubbing against the bra.
Treatment for Under-Breast Infections Can Be Trial and Error
Intertrigo is notoriously difficult to treat, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Though it may take some trial and error to find the most effective approaches, here’s what I suggest (and the last one may shock you).
- Wash carefully with an emollient cleanser. The skin here is tender so stay away from harsh or fragranced washes and do not scrub.
- Keep your underbust dry. This may be easier said than done but is absolutely essential. This could mean hitting the area with the hairdryer on a cool setting before putting on your bra. This could mean changing your bra in the middle of the day. Whatever keeps that area dry.
- Wear the right bras and change them often. When was the last time you were professionally fitted? Make sure you actually are wearing the correct band size and a properly fitted cup . Contrary to what you may think, an underwire isn’t necessarily a problem if it fits well and keeps the breast off of the chest. You may find all-cotton bras to be preferable to synthetic fabrics. Or, consider quick-drying sports bras designed to wick away and evaporate moisture quickly and efficiently.
- Consider wearing an all-cotton bra while you sleep. In order to heal, it’s necessary to keep the skin away from the skin. So if you are someone who perspires at night, a cotton bra to keep your breasts off and away from your chest will be beneficial.
- See a dermatologist if it doesn’t clear in 6 months. If you try the above and the condition hasn’t cleared, it’s time to visit a dermatologist. Since the infection could be a yeast (fungus), bacteria or virus, it may elude a DIY approach and require professional help.
- Consider Botox injections to get sweat-free. If your perspiration is unrelenting, a doctor can inject Botox and free the area of dampness and sweat. As a treatment for hyperhidrosis (the technical term for excessive perspiration), Botox blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands for up to 6 months. It may be expensive, but if this last resort could help relieve the indignity and pain of intertrigo and allow it to heal in dryness, it may well be worth the investment.
Sometimes intertrigo happens, but it doesn’t have to grow on your skin.
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Intertrigo (rash under the breast)
A rash under your breast or breasts, between the folds of skin is usually caused by a skin condition called intertrigo. It is a very common condition that can occur throughout life.
1. What causes a rash under the breast?
2. How is a rash under the breast treated?
3. What can I do to prevent getting a rash under the breast?
4. Further support
1. What causes a rash under the breast?
The main causes of intertrigo are:
- lack of air circulating
- friction between skin folds (where skin rubs against skin)
This can lead to:
- a red or reddish-brown rash
- raw, itchy or weeping skin with or without a smell
- cracked skin
Intertrigo (sometimes called candida intertrigo) can occur anywhere on the body where skin rubs against skin, such as between the thighs or on the underside of the belly or armpit.
A warm, moist environment encourages infection by either yeast, fungus or bacteria. Sometimes swelling, sores and blisters can also occur.
If you think you have intertrigo, speak to your GP as there are other skin conditions that might look similar.
2. How is a rash under the breast treated?
How the rash is treated depends on how severe it is and what’s causing it.
The aim of treatment is to:
- reduce the rubbing of skin on skin
- keep the area dry
- reduce inflammation and moisture
- treat any infection and stop it spreading
Other treatments such as barrier creams, steroid creams, anti-fungal creams and antibiotic creams or tablets may also help. You can ask your GP or pharmacist about these.
3. What can I do to prevent getting a rash under the breast?
There are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of getting intertrigo and stop any irritation from getting worse.
1. Wash under your breasts morning and night with a gentle soap or soap substitute (for example emulsifying ointment). You can ask your pharmacist about this.
2. Dry the skin under your breasts thoroughly after washing – gently pat dry with a clean, soft towel or you can try using a hairdryer on a cool setting. This can be very effective, especially if you have large breasts.
3. Wear a well-fitting, supportive bra made from a natural material such as cotton. Manmade materials such as nylon can trap moisture. It can help to wear a cotton top under your bra. If the skin is weeping then try to change your bra daily or use cotton dressings. You can ask your practice nurse for help with this.
4. Losing weight may help to limit the areas where skin can rub against skin.
4. Further support
If you would like any further information and support or just want to talk things through, you can speak to one of our experts by calling our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.
Hyperhidrosis affects up to 3% of the population, and complications are rarely medically serious. On the annoyance scale, though, excessive sweating can be off the charts. Complications of hyperhidrosis can include skin problems, which are usually minor. It can, though, lead to significant psychological distress.
- Social and emotional complications. Excessive sweating causes serious problems for many people. Many people with hyperhidrosis say their symptoms are intolerable or barely tolerable. They avoid social and professional opportunities because of embarrassment. Many also report difficulties in their romantic lives because of excessive sweating.
- Maceration. This is a fancy word for the mushy, wet appearance skin gets when it’s continually moist. This general skin breakdown can lead to other skin conditions, which are usually mild.
- Jock itch (tinea cruris). This fungal infection takes hold in the folds of the groin. Heavy sweating creates a continuous moist environment that can make jock itch more likely.
- Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). Similar to jock itch, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet. The fungus thrives in moist conditions. Athlete’s foot often starts in between the toes, where excessive sweating may be severe.
- Body odor (bromhidrosis). It’s not the sweat itself that smells bad. It’s the substances skin bacteria create when they come in contact with sweat. The sweat in the underarm and genital areas is most prone to create body odor. Sweaty feet, constricted in tight shoes, run a close second. Keeping these areas clean and dry can help, but it can also be difficult for people with hyperhidrosis.
- Warts and bacterial infections. The maceration or skin breakdown from heavy sweating can allow easier entry for bacteria and viruses that cause skin infections, including warts.
Why do armpits have hair?
The bottom line about armpit hair is that no-one knows for sure why it’s there. Perhaps it’s an evolutionary relic, left over from when all humans had significantly body hair to protect them against the harsh elements when clothing was limited to animal skins? Some scientists believe that it may be there to help wick sweat away from the skin, helping to limit underarm dampness and reduce the bacteria that thrive in those conditions. Having it permanently removed might be a bad idea if you’re worried about body odor, however.
Armpit hair does share genetic code with the hair in other areas of the body. It’s often the same color, so if you’re a natural blonde you’ll probably have blonde hair in your pits. But scientists are also unclear why it’s shorter and coarser than other hair, except that long flowing locks would be totally impractical!
What are the ingredients of sweat?
Because armpits are folds in the body, they’re warmer than most of the rest of your skin. This (plus the fact that there’s hair there), means that we sweat more under our arms, and it hangs around longer because it can’t evaporate easily.
All sweat contains sodium (salt), chloride and potassium, but underarm sweat differs from sweat elsewhere on the body. The apocrine sweat glands (found in folds of the body), create thicker sweat, which also contains urea, ammonia and fatty acids.
Why do our armpits smell?
It’s not the sweat that causes B.O.: It’s the bacteria which live happily in all that warmth and dampness. Scientists from the University of York UK, discovered that the Staphylococcus hominis bacteria were mainly responsible for producing a bad odor.
“Those odorless molecules come out from the underarm, they interact with the active microbiota, and they’re broken down inside the bacteria,” research scientist Daniel Bawdon explained to The Independent. The bacteria excrete an organosulphur compound—thioalcholols—which smell like sulphur, onions, or meat when concentrated. That’s what causes the odor.
Other factors, such as spicy food and some medications, can make the underarm problem of body odor worse.
Why does the smell of sweat vary between people?
There are several factors which can influence the exact smell of our sweat, which accounts for why one person’s sweat differs from someone else’s. The odor can vary because of gender, diet, and even medications. Factors such as obesity can also affect the make-up of the odor.
Some medical conditions produce a distinct smell. For example, diabetes can create a sweeter smell, because of ketones in the body, while liver and kidney problems may cause sweat to smell like bleach.
Where does the bacteria come from?
Billions of bacteria thrive on our skin, but under our arms bacteria multiply more rapidly because of the warm, damp conditions. Good hygiene, including regular baths or showers to wash bacteria away, will help limit the interaction between bacteria and sweat and help us stay sweet-smelling.
Using deodorants and antiperspirants can also help. A study by North Carolina State University found that regular use can even affect the amount of bacteria we produce.
Julie Horvath, PhD, head of the genomics and microbiology research laboratory at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences told Science Daily about this discovery. “Using antiperspirant and deodorant completely rearranges the microbial ecosystem of your skin—what’s living on us, and in what amounts,” she said.
What’s the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
Deodorants work by neutralizing the odor that’s produced from the sweat and bacteria, but doesn’t stop us producing that sweat in the first place. Antiperspirants actually stop the body creating sweat by blocking the pores under the arms. Check out these common deodorant mistakes.
But these products contain harsh chemicals, such as parabens which are potentially linked to breast cancer, aluminum compounds which also have health risks, silica (a skin irritant), and triclosan, which kills both good and bad bacteria and is listed as a possible carcinogen.
Are there natural alternatives to deodorants and antiperspirants?
Many household products can be used as a natural and kinder alternative to deodorants and antiperspirants. Try combining baking soda and cornstarch—add your favorite essential oil for added fragrance. Baby powder is also a popular alternative, or consider using lemon juice for a fresher option.
Why do some people sweat copiously, and what can be done about it?
Around 3 percent of people suffer from hyperhidrosis—excess sweating that is so severe it can affect their quality of life. Heavy underarm sweating is usually caused by primary focal hyperhidrosis, a form that produces copious amounts of sweat in one or more specific areas.
Treatments for this underarm problem include special prescription antiperspirants, Botox to prevent sweat glands from over-production, and laser treatment. Medication can some times help, but in severe cases, surgery to remove sweat glands can be undertaken. As a last resort, spinal surgery to cut the nerves to the sweat glands is sometimes done, but it carries significant side effects so isn’t usually recommended unless all other options have failed.
Why do armpits often itch?
The folded skin under the arms is loaded with blood vessels, lymph glands and sweat glands, all of which can suffer from infections. The moist, warm conditions also make an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungal infections, causing itchy armpits and sometimes an armpit rash.
What are the most common armpit rashes?
An armpit rash can be caused by a wide range of factors—hot weather being primary among them. Good hygiene can help—prevent rashes during steamy summer months by showering daily. Existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can be especially problematic in the armpit. Allergic reactions are also a common cause of rashes, often to products such as laundry detergent, cosmetics or deodorants.
Why do we sometimes get armpit pain?
Armpit pain can be caused by a number of things, though a couple of common ones are an infected skin rash or inflammation in the pores or glands under the skin. Lymph glands will often swell when we have an infection elsewhere in the body, such as the flu, which can cause painful armpits.
Sometimes pain under the arms has a physical cause, perhaps because we’ve strained a muscle at the gym or overdone our yard chores.
Why do we get lumps in our armpits?
Lumps in the armpits can be caused by an infection in the hair follicles or in the sweat glands. These lumps are often relatively small, and it’s common to have a series of visible lumps as the infection spreads. Sometimes a shaving rash can lead to an underarm infection; some people find using an antiseptic ointment after shaving can cut down on armpit infections.
Underarm cysts don’t always show up in the armpit, but they can be felt as small lumps. Cysts aren’t usually painful, but if you’re unsure, see your doctor in case it’s something more serious.
Swollen lymph glands are generally larger, and not so easily visible. Although painful, they usually settle down once the underlying infection has been treated. But if the problem persists, or occurs frequently, you should always consult a doctor, as breast cancer can also affect the lymph glands. Swollen lymph nodes can also be one of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
What’s the best way to manage ingrown hair in the armpit area?
Occasionally the hair follicles can become blocked, perhaps through shaving or a build-up of secretions from our skin. This can prevent the hair from growing outwards normally, so it curls back and continues to grow under the skin.
This can lead to a painful spot or abscess, which can become infected. In some cases, multiple follicles are affected, causing a painful rash.
Serious cases of ingrown hairs should be treated professionally, but it is possible to tackle ingrown hairs yourself.
Skin tags are benign tumors which often grow in the folds of our skin which are vulnerable to rubbing from surrounding skin or clothing. A skin tag is basically made from collagen and blood vessels enfolded in skin. Genetics sometimes plays a part, with skin tags often running in families.
Skin tags can be removed by cauterizing, freezing, ligation (using a ligature to cut off the blood supply), or surgical removal with a scalpel. However, with care, it’s possible to remove some skin tags at home.
Armpit fat—is it a thing?
If you’ve spotted a little extra bulk between your armpit and your chest area, that’s armpit fat. This is the latest body area to attract weight loss attention, but it’s important to remember that some additional tissue in this area is completely normal, due to the underlying pectoral muscles.
As with most other target areas, spot-fixing armpit fat through exercise is not straight forward and is best done as part of an overall strength and fitness routine. Armpit liposuction is an option, but it’s not without risk. Side effects can include bruising, fluid loss, soreness, numbness and skin irritation in the short term, with horrors such as changes to your skin’s color and texture, and nerve damage as potential longer term consequences.
Should I try armpit lightening?
As with all other body areas, there’s an immense variety in the color of the underarm area, but some people are bothered by the fact that their armpits appear dark. This can be caused by shaving rather than using other exfoliation methods like waxing or electrolysis, as the underlying hair or stubble makes skin seem darker. It can also be due to natural skin pigmentation.
It is possible to use cosmetics to lighten the skin in the armpit. Bleaching products can be effective, but be sure to buy from a reputable source, as unregulated products can contain dangerous chemicals such as mercury which are toxic. Lightening creams can also cause permanent skin damage if overused.
Exfoliating or waxing rather than shaving is also an option, or perhaps try more natural solutions like lemon juice, potato or cucumber.
Can armpit odor be a positive thing?
Sweat contains pheromones which are an important aspect of human attraction. The natural sweaty smell can be a powerful aphrodisiac: Napoleon reputedly wrote to his lover Josephine while he was traveling home, instructing her not to wash until he returned three days later!
More recently, one speed dating trend included potential partners sniffing each other’s armpits to determine attraction. Eww!
What is skin fold pyoderma?
Pyoderma is the medical term for a bacterial skin infection. Pyoderma is commonly associated with acute moist dermatitis or hot spots (see handouts “Hot Spots in Dogs” and “First Aid for Hot Spots in Dogs” for more information).
Skin fold pyoderma is an inflammatory skin disorder that develops in skin folds, such as facial folds, lip folds, and in the groin or armpits. It may develop between the mammary glands in females that have had multiple litters of pups. It may also occur secondary to obesity, when adjacent skin folds upon itself. The skin folds allow the surface of the two adjacent areas to lie in close contact, creating a warm, humid environment. In the presence of moisture, the normal skin bacteria then multiply, creating an infection in the fold.
Certain breeds appear to be predisposed to the condition. These include:
- Spaniels with lip fold pyoderma
- Pekingese, Pugs, Boxer Dogs, and Bulldogs with facial fold pyoderma affecting the wrinkles on the face and nose
- Shar Pei and other breeds with loose skin and skin folds.
What are the signs of skin fold pyoderma?
Signs of skin fold infection include moistness, discharge, redness, and a foul or musty odor.
How is skin fold pyoderma treated?
Mild cases of skin fold pyoderma respond well to medical treatment. The area has to be cleansed with a medicated skin cleanser (such as chlorhexidine, miconazole, or sulfur/salicylic acid) and sometimes the hair must be clipped. If the hair is clipped, care has to be taken that ‘stubble’ does not cause damage to the opposing skin surfaces. Antibiotics (such as amoxicillin, cephalexin, polymyxin), frequently combined with steroids (typically prednisone, dexamethasone, or methylprednisolone), are administered topically, orally or by injection.
“The affected areas must be kept clean and dry.”
The affected areas must be kept clean and dry. It is important to monitor the area for any signs of recurrence. Chronic cases or cases that do not respond well to medical treatment may require surgical removal of the skin folds. This frequently has to be carried out on affected Shar Peis, Spaniels and flat faced breeds such as Pugs and Boxer Dogs.
Does the condition recur?
Recurrence is likely following medical treatment in affected dogs. Proper home care and hygiene are your best defenses against future problems.
Contributors: Ryan Llera, BSc, DVM; Ernest Ward, DVM © Copyright 2018 LifeLearn Inc. Used and/or modified with permission under license.
Do your breasts smell like beer? Or do you notice that your breasts smell like yeast? You’re probably not imagining things: There’s a chance “the girls” have a yeast infection.
Your chest might seem like an unlikely spot for a yeast infection. After all, we’re so used to only hearing about yeast infections in vaginas. It gets even stranger when you realize you have a problem because of an odd smell — like bread or beer — coming from the skin on and around your breasts. But if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why do my breasts smell like beer?” you’re certainly not alone.
Why do my breasts smell?
A reader asked us: “Last week when I took off my bra, I noticed a faint beer-like smell wafting up from my breasts. I took a shower and forgot about it, but I keep catching hints of the smell when I undress at the end of the day. Sweat seems to make it worse. What’s going on?”
The answer: It sounds like you may have a yeast infection on, between, or under your breasts. A stale beer-like or vinegary odor coming from the breasts is a telltale sign of yeast overgrowth on the skin. The problem can cause itching or peeling, and it’s more common in the summer when high temperatures make the undersides of the breasts warm and damp, which creates an ideal environment for yeast growth.
What is a yeast infection on the breasts?
Yeast infections of the skin, also called cutaneous candida, often occur under the breasts as well as other areas of the body. Yeast normally lives on skin tissue and grows readily in moist, warm environments. Skin beneath the breasts is the perfect host for yeast overgrowth if perspiration or other moisture remains on the breast folds, which are difficult to clean and keep dry. Therefore, both men and women with large breasts or who are overweight are more at risk of yeast infections under the breasts. People with conditions like diabetes, or who take medications including antibiotics, corticosteroids, and some birth control pills, are also more at risk.
Cleansing beneath the breasts and drying skin thoroughly may help decrease the risk of yeast growth.
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection in Breasts
The good news is, there’s a simple, natural remedy: grapefruit-seed extract. It contains flavonoids with potent anti-fungal properties. Simply mix three drops of the extract with 1 oz. of water and use a cotton ball to apply the solution to your breasts twice a day for one week. One option to try is the NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract ($16.49, Amazon). You should notice an improvement after two days.
Once the infection is cured, we suggest dusting your breasts and bra with sweat-wicking cornstarch or applying antiperspirant to the undersides of your breasts as needed throughout the day to keep the area dry and discourage future problems.
Medline Plus, a division of the National Institutes of Health, recommends using antifungal powder beneath the breasts, if appropriate, to control moisture and inhibit yeast growth. Women may find wearing a cotton bra helpful, as cotton allows for better air circulation and drying of skin.
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What Causes Sour Smell Under Breast & Treatments, Tips to Get Rid of it
A woman is indeed the creation of god that forms a complete picture of love and admiration. Her body undergoes many changes owing to the external, physiological and emotional factors. While women deserve all the love and attention, some problems can affect their health and well-being, which needs to be taken care of. Sour smell under breast is a condition faced by many women and is surely embarrassing for healthy women.
Causes of Sour Smell Under Breast
Sour smell under breast basically occurs because of the accumulation of sweat under breasts. This may be due to excessive sweating, an underlying medical problem or a skin condition, but if it is left untreated, many skin conditions can emerge out of this. Fungus, bacteria and other microorganisms can multiply in this area and worsen the sour smell under breast.
There are various causes of sour smell under breast. Some of the common causes of under breast sour smell includes lack of hygiene and accumulation of moisture under the breasts. Though it is a common condition in both men and women, the problems can be more severe in women.
Many women experience sour smell under breast, when living in areas that have mild to peak summers. In hot and humid areas, the skin under breasts remains moist for a long time, which allows the microorganisms to breed. As a result, the fungi and bacteria multiply under breasts, which eventually leads to foul smell. This is one of the commonest cause of sour smell under breast.
Treatment of Sour Smell Under Breast
While there are many treatment and remedies to get rid of sour smell under breast, the first step is to identify the exact cause. In most cases, sour smell under the breast is a result of excessive sweating, infection, other medical or skin problems. For possible medical conditions, it is best to seek medical opinion. For most known reasons, it is necessary to treat the underlying causes and prevent the risk factors of the causes of under breast sour smell.
Women who are diabetic, aging or over-weight, have greater chances of infections and sour smelling under breasts. Necessary medicines and precautions must be taken to manage sour smell under breast in such cases. Maintaining blood sugar levels, weight management and keeping yourself fit while aging are some of the remedial measures in such cases. Lactating mothers too are at increased risk of sour smell under breast and it is all the more necessary to keep the area clean and free from infections.
Tips to Get Rid of Sour Smell Under Breast
Here are some simple tips to manage sour smell under breast.
- Placing a Strip of Cotton – This is one of the simplest remedy to get rid of sour smell under breast. Place a cotton strip under the breasts so that the strip absorbs the moisture from that area.
- Wear Light Fabrics – Wearing light, comfortable clothing to avoid accumulation of moisture under the breast area. This can avoid breeding of microorganisms and can prevent sour smell under breast.
- Use Vinegar – This is another popular remedy to get rid of sour smell under breast. Prepare a mix of vinegar and water. Dip your clothes and undergarments in it for some time and then dry the clothes in sunlight. With Apple cider vinegar, you have to simply apply it with a cotton on the area so that you get rid of the smell in due time.
- Using Coconut Oil – As oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This makes it a lot more desirable piece of solution to treat under breast sour smell.
- Calamine Lotion Works Wonders – Calamine lotion is known to have the properties to ward off the skin ailments and can be effective to manage sour smell under breast. Clean the skin with a mild soap, pat it dry with a towel and then apply the calamine lotion. Thus, repeating this process several times a day can indeed free you from sour smell under breast and prevent itching in the area.
- Using Corn Starch – Simply wash the area with mild soap and then apply the corn starch after drying it up with a towel. Corn starch should not be used on moist skin, or else, the rashes can become more prominent and worsen sour smelling under the breasts; however, when used properly it can work wonders.
Why Do My Boobs Smell?
Do your boobies smell? What causes our breasts (the girls), to smell?
I wanted to know why so I did a little research on why our girls tend to smell and we wanted to share with you as well:
There are a few things that can cause our girls to smell. As we know we can get a yeast infection in our vagina but we can also get a yeast infection under and between our breasts as well. If you smell a stale beer-like or vinegary odor coming from your breast it might be a sign of a yeast infection. Yeast infection can cause an itching or peeling and is more common in the summer as we tend to get more boob sweat with the summer heat. Make sure you cleanse under and between the breasts and keep dry to help prevent this from happening.
Believe it or not, sometimes it can be your diet if your intake is a lot of sugar and you notice your boobs start to smell like vinegar, it might be the sugar breaking down, but before you make any changes in your diet always talk to your doctor before you make any changes.
Start washing your bras more often and changing they daily especially in the summertime as we do sweat more in the summertime as we produce more sweat.
To solve this problem we have you covered with our products Boobalicious an all natural breast deodorant and the best part is they come in different and fun fragrance such as Lickable Lemons (top fav), Awesome Apples, Perky Peppermints.
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What’s to know about body odor?
A large concentration of apocrine glands is present in the armpits, making that area susceptible to the rapid development of body odor.
The following steps may help control armpit odor:
1) Keep the armpits clean: Wash them regularly using anti-bacterial soap, and the number of bacteria will be kept low, resulting in less body odor.
2) Hair: When armpits have hair, it slows down the evaporation of sweat, giving the bacteria more time to break it down into smelly substances. Shaving the armpits regularly has been found to help body odor control in that area. Reusable razors are available to purchase online.
3) Deodorant or antiperspirant: Deodorants make the skin more acidic, making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. An antiperspirant blocks the sweating action of the glands, resulting in less sweating. Some studies, however, have indicated that antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer or prostate cancer risk.
This study suggests that current research is inconclusive on the risks of antiperspirant sprays.
Deodorants and antiperspirants with natural ingredients are available to purchase online.
Tips on preventing foot odor
Smelly feet are less of a problem socially than underarm B.O. because the unpleasant odor is usually contained by shoes and socks.
However, the smell may become obvious if the person with smelly feet visits a home where shoes are taken off before entering, as is the custom in various countries and homes.
The following steps may help control foot odor:
1) Wash your feet at least once a day: Warm water is better at killing bacteria than cold water. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly afterward, including in between your toes.
2) Socks: They must allow the sweat to evaporate. The best socks are those made of a combination of man-made fibers and wool. Wear a clean pair of socks each day.
3) Shoes: If you wear trainers or shoes with plastic linings make sure it is not for long. A leather lining is better for sweat evaporation. If you have a problem with sweaty feet, do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Shoes do not completely dry overnight.
4) Pumice stone: Bacteria thrive on dead skin. If the soles of your feet have patches of dead skin remove them with a pumice stone. These are available to buy online.
5) Deodorants and antiperspirants: Ask your pharmacist for special foot deodorants and antiperspirants. If you have athlete’s foot, you should not use deodorants or antiperspirants. Treat the fungal infection with appropriate medication.
6) Walk around barefoot: Whenever you can, walk around barefoot, or at least slip out of your shoes regularly.
8 Ways to Prevent Breast Sweat
Jun. 19, 2019
For many of us, warm weather inspires everyday weekend vibes—the sun on our skin, outdoor festivities, or mimosas at brunch. However, rising temps also bring a less-than-savory side effect—perspiration in unwanted places… including our boobs. Yes, breast sweat is a real thing and it’s something that many women experience.
Hard to escape, but not impossible to tame, here’s some advice on how to prevent and keep that under-breast sweat in check.
1. Keep it loose
Wearing loose and breathable clothing is a simple way to stay cool in the hot months. For an office setting, stay cool (and work appropriate) by opting for relaxed or loose-fitting clothing in traditional office silhouettes. Consider it a major plus if you can find your office style in breathable fabrics like linen, cotton, and other sweat-wicking fabrics.
2. Be pro-antiperspirant
Deodorant protects against body odor while antiperspirant protects against both sweat and odor. It makes sense… if it works for your underarms, applying deodorant under the breast can help to reduce sweat and odor there, too.
3. Go organic with your fabrics
Few fabrics stand up to sweat and hot weather better than organic bamboo. For a bra that keeps you cool, feel fresh with our light and ultra soft Seamless Lounge Bra. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties and ultra-breathability, this fabric can also help prevent breast sweat and smell.
4. Get back to black
Though we tend to wear lighter colors in the summer or in the heat, black or dark clothing (when worn strategically) can be your best friend year-round. Choose a sleeveless piece or stick with a loose-fitted silhouette to keep your cool in this sweat-camouflaging color.
5. Wipe out!
Baby wipes—they’re not just for babies…they can keep boobs happy, too! Who knew? Stay fresh by throwing a pack of gentle wipes in your bag for an afternoon pick-me-up.
6. Change is good
Changing into a fresh bra helps keep the skin under the breasts dry. Don’t forget to change out of your bra after a workout or a day in the sun to prevent a rash or odor.
7. Go braless
If you can, go braless! Our breasts need bra support for day-to-day activities, but consider going braless during downtime to relax and unwind. The girls will appreciate the freedom too!
8. Choose Cotton
Cotton is our beloved best friend. If going bra free isn’t an option, consider the Pima Cotton T-shirt Bra. Inspired by our best-selling silhouette, the Pima Cotton T-shirt Bra keeps you supported and cool with it’s soft and breathable cotton fabric. Its keyhole design doubles as a cute detail while allowing air to flow through.
How to get rid of sweat stains on bras
Sometimes (more for some and less for others), we lose the battle to breast sweat—and that’s okay! After all, sweating is a sign that our bodies are working hard to keep us cool. Some of us get stains on our bras. To remove sweat stains and show our bras a little love for the support they give us, a little hand-washing and air drying helps them to recover.
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Summer exercise classes are now in session, and you know what that means… high-perspiration outdoor workouts. Before heading to “school,” SELF prepared this Sweat 101 study guide to help you brush up on your sweatiest workout questions.
From mortifying gym moments to stinky feet, the SELF team isn’t afraid to ask the embarrassing questions. On the top of my summer concern list: sweat. How am I to know what’s normal, what’s not and what I can do about it? I asked NYC based dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD to help decode some top embarrassing sweat concerns (so you don’t have to!).
- A leisurely summer stroll makes me break out in sweat beads. Do I perspire too much?
“It is often difficult to determine when sweating is ‘too much.’ It is agreed that it is normal to sweat in classic areas (underarms, forehead), when it is hot or when you are very nervous. On the other hand, if you perspire excessively in unusual locations such as the palms, soles, neck and chest or if you sweat when it is not particularly hot, then that may be a sign of hyperhidrosis (abnormal, excessive perspiration). This is a diagnosis that can be made by your dermatologist and can be treated with either aluminum chloride wipes (like Certain Dri) or botox.”
- Er, is that stench coming from me? What does it mean if my sweat smells?
“This is called bromhidrosis (aka, smelly sweat). Unfortunately, bacteria will often cause sweat to have an odor. Apocrine glands are responsible for characteristic pheromonal odors (used to attract a mate). They secrete a small amount of oily fluid, which is odorless upon reaching the skin surface. The characteristic odor is due to bacterial decomposition of the oily fluid.” But there is hope: see a dermatologist for topical antibiotics Dr. Alexiades says, or try a sweet smelling deodorant to mask the problem temporarily.
- Why does my skin itch when running?
“Exercise induced urticaria (hives) are relatively common. Some studies suggest up to 10 percent of the population suffers from it. Signs include itchy skin and redness. It happens because of stimulation of your cholinergic system (the part of the nervous system necessary for muscles to pump). As a preventative measure, you can pre-medicate with an antihistamine such as Allegra or non-drowsy Benadryl.”
- What’s the deal with boob sweat?
“You need to keep the skin under the boobs dry to prevent yeast infections. Post workout you can wipe down with Isopropyl Alcohol and apply a non-cornstarch powder such as Zeasorb.” And be sure to remove your sweaty clothes as soon as possible.
- What if I barely sweat, am I not getting a good workout?
“Some people simply sweat less.” (I’ll call this select group “the lucky few.”) But go ahead and use your heart rate to determine intensity level rather than how sweat-stained your shirt is.
And just because you’re working out, doesn’t mean you have to look like a damsel in dis-sweat. Try these meltproof makeup tricks.
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