Now that the weather is getting warmer and I am sweating a lot, I am getting some sort of rash or irritation under my breasts. My breasts are a size 38D, and I do not wear an underwire. (never had a reason to... I get good support from bras with strong elastic.)
Anyway, the irritation that I am getting is basically one large, red, puffy round spot under each breast. They almost look like blisters, and if I scratch or squeeze that area, I can "pop" the blister, if that is what it is. Sometimes clear fluid comes out and then the skin dries up and peels off. The spots are very itchy and they feel raw. I have been getting this for the past few summers (or basically any time I sweat). But right now it is really bad. I showed it to the nurse practicioner at my drs office once and she said it is a fungus, kinda like athlete's foot. Fungus likes to grow in warm, damp places, and underneath one's breasts is the perfect spot for it to grow, especially during the summer when we sweat! So she gave me prescription Nizoral cream, and it worked. But as soon as I stopped using it, it came back (because it was still summer and I was still sweating.)
I will be seeing my dr on July 7 for something unrelated, but I am definitely going to show this to him. But what can I do in the meantime? Of course I shower every night and wash that area well. The only thing I can think of is to put non-stick gauze pads under my breasts during the day so that one, my sweat gets absorbed, and two, my breasts don't touch my chest and chafe. I am also going to start using some powder.
But is there anything else I can do? Once this gets cleared up, how can I prevent it from coming back? I've already got skin discoloration under my breasts from the last time I had it (the discoloration is in the exact shape of the rash).
Any advice is greatly appreciated.