Finding a rash on your breast may be related to something that affects the skin all over the body. However, some conditions can only be found in the breast. It is important to know if the cause is related to a general skin condition or if it is a sign of a more serious disease such as breast cancer.
Breast rash is characterized by eruptions, inflammations, and redness or discolouration on the skin of the breast.
Common causes of breast rashes
- Fungal infections
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Heat rash
- Yeast infections
- Autoimmune disorders (occurs when the body is attacked by its immune system).
- Insect bites
All of these and more are the causes of breast rash. However, they are not specifically associated with the breast as they can appear virtually everywhere on the body.
What are the symptoms of breast rash?
Symptoms of breast rash include;
- Persistent itching
- Nipple discharge
- Pitted skin
- Dry, flaky skin
- Formation of pus
How can you prevent breast rash?
You can be able to prevent rashes from forming under your breasts. Below, are ways that can be achieved;
- Maintain thorough personal hygiene around the breast as well as other parts of the body. This helps to reduce the risk of fungal infections.
- Keep the skin under your breasts clean and dry. This helps to prevent yeast-based rashes.
- Avoid sharing bras, towels, or clothes, and wash them regularly. It prevents ringworm.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and start cool in the heat period to avoid heat rashes.
If the rash is accompanied by symptoms such as infection, fever, a lump underneath the skin, nausea, or vomiting, if the rash is extremely painful, has open sores that don’t heal or if you see no improvements after self-help measures, you should contact a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help to avoid serious health complications.