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What is wrong with my underarms?
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What is wrong with my underarms?

Here is my problem:

For several months now I have noticed a faint red ring encircling both of my armpits (one under each arm). I didn't think much about it until a trip I took a few weeks ago when I went swimming in the ocean. The entire time I was in the water I had a stinging/burning sensation in my armpits, and when I got out I looked and noticed that these rings were bright red (the pain went away after a while, and the redness faded after a couple hours).

I thought maybe my deodorant was causing this, so I bought some body spray deodorant to try (I usually use the rub on kind), and I sprayed it on today and it caused those rings to sting really bad for a couple minutes, but then the pain went away and it was fine. I tried putting some lotion on these areas in the past and that didn't seem to do anything.

Any idea what these rings are or how to get rid of them?
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These rings may be contact or allergic dermatitis secondary to the deodorant. This could have reacted with the salt water or the sunlight and caused a chemical reaction which could have led to the rash. I suggest that you refrain from using this deodorant or any deodorants at this point as this may cause further irritation. Wash the area well with a mild cleanser. If the rash persists , applying topical medications such as corticosteroids may be able to help.
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