Hack my rash (please!)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I haven't changed the soap i use to wash under my armpits and i use baking soda as antiperspirant. My diet hasn't really changed in the last month or so. Anyone have any idea what this rash is? It's actually quite painful, just next to my armpit, cheers




on May 22, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Also, try adding a little cornstarch, after the baking soda, for dryness (and smoothing). Baking soda can tear up that tender skin.



on May 21, 2012
at 10:33 PM

That looks like it could be a chafing rash and/or heat rash. Has it been hot lately? Wear any tank tops that could have rubbed in that area?

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on June 04, 2012
at 10:29 PM

Baking soda is very alkaline and too harsh for me. You may have messed up the pH of your skin & gotten a fungal infection. Try some coconut oil.



on June 05, 2012
at 02:50 AM

Looks like a yeast infection (candida=fungus). Do a an image search for examples. This is common in the skin creases, especially in hot weather.

It's not exactly natural, but if I were you I'd try some clotrimazole cream from the drugstore. I find the rash too uncomfortable to suffer with while trying to beat it without the help of medicine. Once it's under control, I'm all for natural prevention, which is mostly a matter of hygiene.

Try to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. At least a couple times a day: wash, dry the area (with the blow dryer if you have one), put on some talcum powder. During the day, if your t-shirt gets damp, wash the area again and change into a dry shirt. Keeping things dry is the best prevention.

You may have developed a sensitivity to the baking soda; even if you can eventually go back to it I'd give it a rest until the rash clears.

p.s. cornstarch feeds yeast; if you decide to use powder, stick to talc.



on May 21, 2012
at 10:01 PM

ouch that does look painful.

any immunizations lately? flu shot?

I've gotten similar rashes after the above, I'm allergic to things in those darn shots.

Does it feel topical? in the lymph nodes?

is it prickly and hot or just itchy? (have you tried benadril topical or otherwise?)

Are you able to sweat in that area? (prickly heat is where your pores block and you can't sweat and its trapped below the surface and gets terribly itchy...cortisone shot is the only relief)

Even some of my worse excema required a topical cortisone cream for relief. Is the skin below it thickish? (I call it elephant skin)



on May 21, 2012
at 09:58 PM

It's blurry, but it could be folliculitis. Perhaps you should see a dermatologist.

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