Yeast Infection Under Breasts
What is a yeast infection?
What causes a yeast infection under the breasts?
Under the breast is an ideal area for a yeast infection to flourish. Especially common in women with larger breasts, the area between the breast and the chest cavity collects moisture that isn't able to dry, which is necessary for the skin to stay healthy. A yeast infection can set into areas like this where warmth and moisture persist.
What are the signs and symptoms of an under breast yeast infection?
Redness and swelling are the main indicators. The skin may itch and occasionally there may be oozing. The area may become sore; dry, flaky patches may appear on the skin.
If left untreated, yeast infections will persist indefinitely so see your doctor if the condition doesn't improve by keeping the area clean and dry.
Complications can arise if you have diabetes, a compromised immune system, or taking medications that limit your ability to fight infections. See you doctor as soon as you notice skin irritation.
How are yeast infections treated?
A doctor visit is always the first step in treating a rash under breasts. Yeast infections are often easily dianosed by appearance and can be treated by over-the-counter remedies. However, the doctor may want to do further testing to rule out a bacterial infection. Always check with you doctor for persistent issues.
How can I prevent breast rash and yeast infection?
Any place on the body where there are folds of skin, care must be taken to keep that area clean and dry. After showering, carefully pat dry the area under the breast. Using a hair dryer set on low is a gentle and thorough method to dry the area, especially if there is already irritation.