When someone says yeast infection, we automatically think of vaginal infections…which is normal. It’s an association that has become ingrained in our minds simply because yeast infections in the nether regions are extremely common. In fact, almost 3 out of 4 women in the united states will experience a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime.
However, what many people are unaware of is that it’s also possible to get a yeast infection in your underarms. And it’s not just for women…men are just as susceptible.
WHAT CAUSES YEAST INFECTIONS?
A common misconception is that yeast infections are simply a cause of sexual activity. Though that’s definitely one possible cause, it’s usually not the culprit. The reality is that our body naturally has yeast and fungus that lives on our skin. However, when there is an overgrowth of fungus, it can cause different types of rashes or infections.
For example, think about the acne that you sometimes get on your back. Yes, dirt and oil are definitely one factor behind those nasty zits, but sometimes they are also caused by an overgrowth of fungus that is not supposed to be there. This is EXACTLY what happens in your armpits.
What makes matters worse, however, is that your underarms are extremely dark and moist. According to Manhattan Dermatologist Dr. John F. Romano, inflammation and overgrowth of yeast in moist areas often leads to infections. Hence, an overgrowth of yeast in the area can easily lead to an infection, which causes red, scaly and moist patches on your skin. Because of this, common areas for skin yeast infections are your vaginal area, armpits, and the skin folds under the breast and stomach area.
ARMPIT YEAST INFECTIONS ARE ALMOST UNDETECTABLE
The biggest problem with armpit yeast infections is that they are almost undetectable. This is because the symptoms for this type of infection are red patches and dryness, which are very similar to those of armpit rashes, product irritation, and even eczema. So how can you tell if you have an armpit infection, or if you simply have a rash?
Well, the first indicator is itchiness. Does the red patch or rash on your underarm area itch, or is it sore to the touch? If so, that is your first indication of a yeast infection. You should also try to look at the patch of red skin in your armpit; if you have a yeast infection, you will find a red plaque right in the fold as well as little tiny red dots in the surrounding area. Finally, look for white flakes, scaling, and cracks on the skin.
If you’re still unsure, definitely consult your dermatologist to rule out any type of fungal infection in the area.
HOW TO TREAT YOUR YEAST INFECTION
Although yeast infections in the underarm area can be quite uncomfortable, treatment is actually quite simple. You can use anti-fungal cream which can typically be bought over-the-counter. However, if it’s not improving with over-the-counter creams, you should probably consultant your dermatologist.
If you have any questions about a yeast infection on your skin, let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to help!
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