Ok so im not a doctor, however i do know quite a bit about rashes for i have had severe exzema (eczema) and alergies (allergies) my whole life so those of you who posted about the armpit rash if it was anything like mine it may be a fungal infection...i had a few little red bumps but mostly i had the darkening and the thickining of the skin and the intense itching with the rash, and when I scratched it, it would get so raw that it hurts.... It was really unbearable and embarrassing....so if that sounds like the problem any of you are having, there are a few things you could try that are inexpensive. 1. an anti fungal cream. ( its like $3-$4 at walmart depending on the brand) the anti fungal cream is near the athletes foot treatment...if you try washing your armpit and surrounding area with an anti bacterial soap, then pat dry (i used paper towels because they are disposable and if it really is a fungal infection it can be spread through using the same towel again and again) then apply the antifungal cream, and some 1% hydrocortizone cream for the itch, then let it air dry for a min. or two, then put some cornstartch over that. Do it twice a day ( in the morning and then before bed) It should help. 2. if you want a more "natural" approach try tea tree oil. (found at most health food stores and some pharmacys) The tea tree oil suposedly kills the fungus and helps the rash heal. wash your armpit and surrounding area with an anti bacterial soap, then pat dry (i used paper towels because they are disposable and if it really is a fungal infection it can be spread through using the same towel again and again) Mix one part tea tree oil* and one part water and apply to rash with cotton ball twice a day (morning and before bed) then put on some cornstartch to help with moisture. *never put non diluted tea tree oil on skin it could cause irritation...also future note, tea tree oil is sometimes a great acne remedy for certain people depending on your skin type, but its natural so trying it out couldnt be too bad! 3. If none of the anti fungal treatments work it could be bacterial. so try using the anti bac. soap like as instructed before, then a bacitracin or tripple anti biotic ointment, combined with some hydro. cort. cream fo the itch and cornstartch for the moisture. 4. if its not bacterial or fungal it might be heat rash.again use the anti bac. soap, but no ointment because the ointment may seal in the heat. then add cornstartch for moisture...try to let your armpit get as much air as possible with all of the treatments and also dont wear clothing that is really tight or for fitting right in the arnpit. 5. If none of these solutions work for you i am sorry but for now thats all the ideas i have. these solutions are not garenteed, i am not a doctor, but the solutions i am posting have all worked for me or a family member in the past for whcih ever rash they applied to. hopefully this helps some of you...if your rash still doesnt clear up or gets worse see a doctor, if the doctor doesnt help at all, try a specialist. sometimes regular everday doctors dont catch the rare or special conditions, which you could have!
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