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Can I Get a Yeast Infection Under My Breasts?

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I have a rash under my breasts and thought it might be yeast infection.
asked Jul 15, 2013 in Diagnosis by Miley

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Absolutely, and while it’s not the most talked about condition, it happens more frequently than you might imagine. While this condition can impact just about anyone, fungal skin infections in the folds of the skin are especially common with women who have large breasts and in individuals who are overweight.

The fungal yeast organism, Candida albicans, loves to hang out in places that are moist and dark. Throughout your day, your body sweats and sweat tends to get stuck in creased areas. Just as your feet sweat in your shoes and socks, your breasts sweat within your bra and clothing. The underside of your breasts, where the skin folds, is the perfect environment for yeast to thrive.

The most common symptom of a fungal infection under the breast is redness and irritation. You may notice some swelling, itchiness, and even oozing if your rash has been rubbing and has developed an open wound. You might also find that you have a main rash with some smaller rashes in areas away but close to it. The skin on or around the rash may also start to peel.

If you have a rash of this nature, your doctor, gynecologist, or naturopath should be able to easily recognize it. If in doubt, he’ll order a culture to make sure you’re not experiencing a rash caused by some sort of bacteria.

Yeast infections of this nature are often treated with a topical cream similar to the ones used for jock itch or athlete’s foot. If you’re opting for more natural remedies, your naturopath may suggest treatments including garlic, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar washes, or soothing calendula ointment.

You’ll also need to work to keep the area clean and dry throughout the day, which will not only help to clear up your existing infection but will help to prevent others in the future. You can do this by taking extra care to dry beneath your breasts after showering (some people even use hair dryers), by applying a powder with tea tree oil or some other antifungal agent a couple of times each day.

Seek medical assistance if your infection won’t clear up, gets worse, or if you develop other complications or symptoms.
answered Jul 15, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)
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