Breast eczema has become a common type of eczema, particularly amongst women. Breast eczema is eczema that appears near, around or under the breast and is generally caused by the moist, warm environment.
What are the causes?
- Heat Rash: heat rashes occur when your skins sweat glands become blocked and the sweat cannot be excreted through the pores. Rather the swear pools under your skin, causing inflammation and a rash.
- Infections: As the skin under breasts is an ideal ground for breeding bacterial, fungal and yeast infections. Some of the infections that can occur are:
- Candidiasis – is a yeast infection. Candida yeasts thrive in moist, warm environment under the breast. They cause rashes that develop often in small cracks or uncomfortable blisters. This type of infection can also be very itchy.
- Ringworm – Despite the name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms. Ringworm is a fungal infection. The fungi are microscopic, single-cell organisms that are in the air, soil, water, animals and people.
What are the symptoms?
- Dry, cracker or scaly skin
- Red or brownish-Gray areas of skin under, between or on your breasts
- Small bumps
- Swollen or overly sensitive skin from scratching
How to treat/prevent breast eczema:
- Moisturize your skin multiple times a day to keep the moisturize in. This can be a rich, nourishing moisturizer or a medical device cream specifically developed for eczema treatment.
- Identify what is triggering the eczema to appear. Is it something that worsens with a specific product or environment? Such as stress, pollen, sweat or potentially food allergies.
- Reduce hot showers to warm showers.
- Pat your skin dry, do not rub.