Treatment and Prevention Tips for Breast Sweat Rash
Sweat rash under your breast is like every other type of sweat rash, or heat rash, as some prefer to call it. But then, the breast is a very sensitive part of a woman’s body. So, anything that affects the breast area is usually a call for immediate concern in any woman. Thankfully, treating a breast sweat rash is quite simple and straightforward. All you need to do is stay in a very cool and dry area that is no irritation. This works for both adults and children. Just by doing this, the sweat rash under your breasts will disappear in a matter of days.
Sweat rash, whether around the breast area or elsewhere, is made up of small, itchy, prickly bumps. Each of these bumps usually has a sort of halo round about them that makes them very uncomfortable. Aside from the discomfort and cosmetic Implications, sweat rashes are not dangerous. However, if they are not treated on time, they may lead to the development of pus-containing vesicles that could be infected by bacteria or fungi. Aside from the breasts, other places where you can find a sweat rash include the groin area, legs, arms, chest, and back. You can prevent them from happening with handy tips that we will share in this article. And if you have them already, we will share effective ways to get rid of them.
How to Get Rid of Breast Sweat Rash
It is easy to tell from the name, “sweat rash” that the rashes are caused by sweat. But that’s not the full picture. Breast sweat rashes are caused when the sweat glands in your area become blocked such that sweat is trapped under your breast.
People who stay in hot and humid climates get sweat rashes a lot. Those who sweat a lot are also at risk for sweat rashes.
You may have realized that children, especially infants have sweat rashes a lot. This is because their sweat glands are yet to fully mature.
That is just to give you a general idea of how heat rashes are formed. When you understand the reason why these rashes appear, you will understand better how to get rid of them. Here are a few tips you should follow if you have sweat rash under your breast:
- Take a cool shower twice a day. Wash your breast area gently as this helps to unclog blocked pores.
- If possible, allow your skin to air-dry.
- Wear loose clothes that can absorb moisture. But do not overdress.
- Keep your house or bedroom area cool. Stay away from areas where there is heat; you would seat more, and the rash will increase. An air-conditioned room is ideal.
- Don’t exercise when the sun is out. Do your exercise routine early in the morning or late in the evening when the day is very cool. If you have to exercise, do it indoors in an air-conditioned room.
- Don’t use thick ointments. They can clog up your sweat pores or ducts. This includes moisturizers too.
- You could apply a cool compress at regular intervals. The water should be at room temperature or slightly cool.
- Make a home-made anti-itch bath with Epsom salt, oatmeal, or baking soda.
Other Treatment Options for Sweat Rash under the Breast
Aside from the home remedies ad tips that we have shared above, certain over-the-counter (OTC) products are also very effective. Your sweat rash would disappear without them, but they make it easier to manage and speed up the healing process.
It is even better to combine these OTC products with the lifestyle tips and home remedies we have shared earlier. It will make your treatment more effective.
The products that help in treating sweat rashes have some distinguishing features. They can keep the breast area dry, prevent the formation of new bumps, prevent existing bumps from bursting, and relieve itching.
The following are effective OTC therapies for sweat rash under the breast:
- Drying agents
- Baby powder
- Unscented talc
- Calamine lotion
- Antihistamines (oral and topical)
- Aloe vera
- Corticosteroid cream
But then, in rare cases when the rash becomes infected, home remedies and OTC therapies may not be enough to take care of the situation. You would need to see your doctors.
Infections can develop secondary to a sweat rash. Such infections are called millaria pustulosa. You would need antibiotics treatment if your sweat rash becomes infected. There are both oral and topical options.
Oral antibiotics are the pills or capsules that you have to swallow. Topical antibiotics, on the other hand, come in the form of creams and ointments that you would rub in the skin of the affected area; in this case, your breasts.
Common signs that show that your sweat rash may have become infected are as follows:
- Light or while coloring on top of the reddish rash
- Flaking skin
- Formation of boils or blisters
- Pus starts oozing out of the rash
Prevention Tips for Sweat Rash under Your Breast
- Drink lots of fluid. It cools your body and keeps you hydrated
- Wear a comfortable bra that has good support. Tight bras are usually uncomfortable. More so, they may irritate your skin and predispose you to a sweat rash.
- Take cooler baths and showers whenever you feel skin irritation during hot weather.
- Allow your body to dry very well after each wash
- Keep your breast area as cool as you possibly can at all times.
- Moisturize your breast area whenever it is dry. Get a lightweight moisturizing cream.
Talk to your healthcare provider or a dermatologist if you are bothered about your breast sweat rash, even if it is not infected. They can give you a medicated moisturizer. And if an infection breaks out, they will prescribe antibiotics for you.