There are several forms of yeast infection depending on where they occur. If you get a skin yeast infection in places like under the arms, in folds of skin or candida under a breast this is also called Intertrigo. Candida under a breast is one of the forms of yeast infection that are more common in women who are overweight or obese, or in large breasted women who do not always wear a bra so a moist, warm environment is created, the rubbing and sweating creates irritation and the candida can overgrow causing an infection.
Candida under a breast symptoms
Symptoms of this yeast infection include;
- Macerated rash with scaly edges;
- Red patches around the main rash;
- Satellite lesions around the rash;
- Some areas may be oozing a discharge;
Diagnosing candida under a breast
Intertrigo is distinctive but sometimes candida under a breast can look very similar to inverse psoriasis, so if you have psoriasis or have it in the family you need to get a confirmed diagnosis from your doctor. He or she can order tests including a KOH test where they take a scraping or swab and send it to lab where it is treated with chemicals and then examined under a microscope. A culture can also be made. When looking at forms of yeast infection those more at risk of getting candida under a breast include;
- Weakened immune system;
- On prolonged antibiotics;
- Putting a bra on when it is not dry under the breasts;
- Obese/large breasted women;
- Wearing synthetic material bras;
- Living where it is hot and/or humid;
- Topical steroids.
Treatment for candida under a breast
It is important to get it checked out as soon as you notice the rash so that you can begin an effective treatment. It will not just go away and leaving it untreated for too long can cause secondary infection to set in as well as possibly cellulitis and skin ulcerations. Treatment options include medicated either prescribed or over the counter, or alternative such as herbal products or homeopathy. Make sure you keep the area clean and as dry as possible, use a hair dryer after bathing, and if after treating it and looking after it for seven days, the rash is still there, visit your doctor again.
Preventing candida under a breast
If you have had it before or are concerned you are in the at risk groups and have a candida problem here are some things you can do to help prevent candida under a breast from happening;
- Dry properly after showering;
- Make sure to shower and dry after exercise;
- Control diabetes;
- Loose weight;
- Wear cotton bras;
- Avoid overuse of antibiotics.