Under normal conditions, underarms should not itch. However, under certain conditions, underarms can become itchy which gives both men and women an uncomfortable feeling any time of the day or night. It also increases embarrassment when individuals have to feel the need to scratch in inappropriate times and places.
Underarm itch can be associated primarily with inappropriate hygiene practices; however there are some other factors that may be associated with itchy underarms,
- Women’s need to remove unwanted underarm hair is often.
- Individuals suffering from chronic disease conditions like diabetes are also at a higher risk of itchy underarms. This is often associated with formation of boils or carbuncles in the armpits.
- Excessive perspiration can also result in itchy underarms. Excessive perspiration increases the risk of secondary infections.
Itchy Underarm Rash Causes
The possible causes behind itchy armpits or rash include:
- Improper hygiene – non-regular washing of the underarms can cause sweat and dirt to accumulate in the underarms that can also harbor bacteria causing irritation and itching.
- Excessive sweating – bacteria thrive in moist areas of the body.
- Candida infection – an overgrowth of the yeast, candida albicans, can cause irritation and itching.
- Hidradentis Suppurativa – inflammation and clogging of the apocrine glands that can form cysts and become infected.
- Fox-Fordyce Disease – a condition similar to Hidradentis Suppurativa.
- Lymph Nodes that are enlarged – enlarged lymph nodes may cause itching of the armpits.
Treatment For Itchy Underarm Rash
Treatment may vary depending on the cause of the itch. Treatment can include:
- Avoid deodorants especially when itchiness becomes a nuisance or a problem. There may be substances in the deodorant causing or aggravating the itch.
- Avoid shaving the underarms. If you have to shave avoid shaving the skin too closely. If shaving, change the razor regularly. Dull and rusty razors can cause irritation to the skin. Use gentle shaving creams or shaving foams when shaving the underarms.
- Use only hypoallergenic products on the underarms and on objects that come in contact with the underarms such as laundry detergents, lotion, type of razor, or fabric softener.
- Switch brands of deodorants. Some people can develop allergies to products that they weren’t allergic to before.
- Keep the underarm dry at all times when possible. Dabbing the underarms with tissue paper can help.
- Wear comfortable, airy, and light clothing.
- Avoid wearing fitted clothing.
- Observe proper hygiene and underarm care.
- Bathing regularly is a effective solution and use mild antimicrobial soap. Local application of tea tree oil is also beneficial in the management of infections in the underarms.
- Apply talcum or baby powder to keep the armpits dry.
- Use baking soda on the underarms to keep it dry.