Causes of Armpit Rashes

Posted by Anahid on 1/23/2014 to Clarsskin

There are few things that are more annoying than an armpit infection. It itches, burns, and causes embarrassment if you feel the urge to scratch it in public. And if you have an ingrown hair that swells beneath the skin rather than on the surface, as they sometimes do, it can cause panic if you mistake it for a cancerous tumor. There are many causes of armpit infections, and although most of them are not serious, there are a few rare causes that you should be aware of.


Common Causes of Armpit Rashes


Heat rash: Perspiration, friction, and excessive heat combined together can result in a heat rash. It’s a minor issue, but it can cause significant discomfort. Avoid tight-fitting clothes, stay clean and well hydrated, and try to not get overheated.


Contact dermatitis: This occurs when your skin comes into contact with something you are allergic to, such as chemicals or perfume agents found in your deodorant, soap, perfume, lotion, laundry detergent the material your clothes are made of, etc. You can completely remove all of your deodorant and other product residue with Clarrskin and see if your irritation clears up. Try using fragrance-free products after thoroughly cleaning your skin.


Folliculitis: This condition occurs when your hair follicles get damaged and then become infected. This can happen when you shave, if you scratch your underarms with your fingernails, and so on. It’s easy to avoid and treat. Stop shaving your armpits for a while and see if the irritation stops. If it does, then you may want to alter your shaving methods.


Dangerous Causes of Armpit Rashes


Allergies: If you have an allergy, then a rash can be a sign of a life-threatening reaction. Watch out for other symptoms at the same time as the rash, such as difficulty breathing, facial or throat swelling, loss of consciousness, or a purple rash.


Diseases: An armpit rash may be a symptom of a serious disease such as syphilis, scabies, diabetes, or HIV.


If you suspect that you may have a more serious cause for your underarm rash, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. Otherwise, keep the area clean and dry and try different approaches until you find what works. We advise using Clarsskin to completely clean the area of all deodorant residue and try using only hypoallergenic products when you absolutely must wear something.