Compared to other parts of the body, your underarm is not all that tough; sometimes it can get raw, itchy, and irritated. Generally, the position of your armpits is such that they are often exposed to excessive sweating and humidity. Bacteria and fungi prefer moist and warm areas in our bodies, and the armpit is a perfect breeding ground for these nasty organisms. It is these organisms that cause armpits rash.
What’s Armpit Rash?
A rash causes the affected area to turn red, swell or turn botchy. It may be the main cause of spots in your skin—spots that are flaky, scaly, bumpy or filled with pus. Rashes often vary in pattern, location, and the extent which they occur in any part of the body. In particular, a rash under your arm may have been caused by a wide range of factors and may be an indicator of something occurring around your underarm or suggest a body-wide condition.
However, in most cases, itchy underarms may not be a serious condition and all irritations or rashes may not be as a result of bacterial or fungal infection. Sometimes the cause of an armpit rash may be as simple as shaving, scratching, or scrapping your skin with some dirty or low quality razor. And in some cases, it may result from use of certain beauty products, for instance, antiperspirants, aftershave creams, body sprays and deodorants.
Treatment Options for Armpit Rash
If you have developed armpit rash, there are a few methods that can employ to get a relief:
- Avoid Scratching The Affected Areas: One of the most vital steps in treating armpit rash is to avoid scratching the affected areas. This is due to the fact that skin abrasions caused by the scratching activity can easily lead to fungal or bacterial infection. It is always recommended to use topical ointment if itching becomes uncontrollable.
- Avoid Certain Deodorants and Chemicals: You can stop using certain deodorants, powders and soaps that you suspect to have triggered the rash. Deodorants contain fragrances, aluminum, alcohol and parabens, all of which can easily trigger armpit rash. You can try other products or just switch to doing without them.
- Aloe Vera Leaves: Apply aloe vera oil or gel on the rash and other affected areas. Leave it for a few hours then wash it off with clean cold water.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil has therapeutic properties. Like aloe Vera, apply it on the affected areas. It will penetrate your skin and heal the rash effectively.
- Neem Leaves: You can also grind some Neem leaves and apply the resulting paste on the rash and other affected areas. The anti-bacterial properties in Neem leaves will sooth the itchiness and heal it fast.
- Baking Soda: You can mix some baking with your bathing water. Alternatively, you can just dust it directly on the rash—this is a good option if you prefer a drier feel.
- Apply Ice: Ice will soothe the rash and relive the itching or irritation effect.
- Apply Lemon: Apply or swipe a slice of lemon over the rash. Citric acid in lemon will kill the bacteria or fungi underneath your arms. However, you should avoid applying lemon juice right after you’ve shaved.
- Coconut Oil: You can also mix baking soda with a coconut oil into a paste. Apply the paste over the rash, allowing it to soak for a few minutes.
- Alcohol Rub: You can also fill a splash flask with some isopropyl alcohol then fog it underneath your armpits. To obtain a decent fragrance, you can include a couple of essential oils like lavender oil or mint.
- Tea Tree Oil: You can mix some tea oil with water and apply on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Tea tree will both stop the itchiness and kill fungus.
- Up Your Uptake of Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great in averting infections that have the potential of disturbing or damaging your skin.
- Lavender Essential Oil mixed with Coconut Oil: A mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil can also treat the rash fast. Just combine approximately 1 tablespoon of lavender essential oil and about 10 tablespoon coconut oil then pour the mixture on a cotton ball, which you can then dab gently on the rash. Leave for a few minutes until the liquid mixture has dried. Rinse using clean cold water then pat gently with a clean towel.
- Potassium Alum: Potassium alum has astringent and sterile properties. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and will cure the rash effectively.
- Fresh Strawberry: A mixture of fresh strawberry and a heavy cream can also reduce the visibility of the rash and soothe the irritation. To ensure that the mixture works effectively, crush tow fresh strawberries in a clean bowl then add 1 tablespoon of a heavy cream. Gently rub the mixture on the affected areas and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then wash with clean cold water.
- Hot Compress the Affected Areas: To soothe the rash, you can also use a hot but moist compress on the rash. The moist compress will prevent advance seepage.
- Change to Loose Fitting Clothes: Always ensure that your armpits are as dry as possible. Additionally, opt for loose cloths that are made of porous fabric (allows free airflow) and strive to only use deodorant and powdered beauty products that are prescribed by a dermatologist.
- Visit a Specialist: Incase the above methods fail to give you the desired relief, visit a skin specialist so that he/she can determine the cause and the type of infection. A specialist is always in the best position to recommend for you a stronger and effective medication depending on the condition of the rash.
Whether it seems like a minor allergic reaction, or a more complex problem such as bacterial or fungal infection, an armpit rash can be very stressful and frustrating. Accordingly, you should always be cautious to prevent armpit rashes and seek necessary medical attention to keep your underarm comfortable and confidant.