Breast rash

Medical quality assurance by Dr. Albrecht Nonnenmacher, MD at December 9, 2015
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With the maturation of breasts in females, sometimes, it also leads to the initiation of a number of problems like breast cancers, breast pains, breast nipple problems, itchy breast and most common of all breast rashes.


Definition & Facts

Breast rashes like all other rashes cause the affected part of the breast to become red, burning hot, swollen, itchy, irritated, and scaly or more severe conditions leads to formation of pus and sores. These rashes are localized at various places on the breast, like upper and lower edges of the breast, around and on the nipples or less commonly on the breastbone.

Breast rashes are indeed one of the most serious and painful problems from which many women are suffering from. According to an approximation, almost 60% women are bearing this strain of breast rashes and the majority is characterized by those women, who are obese or possess larger sized breast.


Breast rashes occur because of a variety of reasons. It may occur because of some physiological conditions, like hormonal imbalance, menstrual cycle disturbances, which leads to pain and irritation over the breast. Nature of skin also causes breast rashes.

There are more chances of breast rash on the thin, sensitive and dry skin because they are certainly more vulnerable to be affected by chemicals, like detergents, creams, body deodorants, lotions, soap and fabric materials etc. Such type of breast rashes comes under the heading of contact dermatitis. Autoimmune responses also cause breast rash and may lead to the formation of circular wheels called urticaria. They are extremely itchy and irritant type of breast rash, which left the patient in terribly discomfort condition.

Sometimes an inherited hypersensitivity and allergic reactions also cause breast rash commonly known as breast eczema. It is a severe type of breast rash that mostly occur during pregnancy, nipples are more prone to such type of breast rash. Environmental factors also contribute in evolution of breast rashes like moist and humid climate can cause breast rashes. These two factors are the most favorite things of fungi and bacteria. They love to grow over warm and moist regions. Breast rashes mostly occur during the hot summer because of excessive sweating, that fulfill the need of bacterial and fungal growth.

When to see a doctor

Breast rashes are not life threatening conditions. However, they become life threatening if proper measures are not taken at the right time. If they occur rarely then there is no need to go to the doctor, but if they occur quite frequently and causing serious pain and discomfort then a proper checkup becomes mandatory.

If breast rashes have transformed their appearance into pus or sores, then they lead to the development of more severe diseases like breast cancers, which are one of the most prominent diseases spreading day by day in society. Its early symptoms are quite hideous, but it causes a great destruction in a woman’s body. Breast eczema and breast mastitis are 1% causes out of 6% breast cancer causes.

They start just by simple skin rash leading to inflammation and hence, the development of breast cancer. Immediate detection can help in the treatment of breast cancer, which can only be done by visiting a physician at the right time. In that case the physician will have to prevent a tiny disease rather than curing an immense disease.

Treatment & Therapy

There are many treatments available for the treatment of breast rashes, both in allopathy and homoeopathy. In allopathy, there are varieties of medicines available that treat skin rashes or in other words breast rashes. They are available in the form of creams, tablets and lotions, like there are different creams available for treatment of skin rashes occur due to hormonal imbalance. They contain hydrocortisones as active ingredient.

These hydrocortisones help in removing breast rashes. They are also available in oral dosage forms, treating severe breast rashes. Tacrolimus and pimecrolimus also work effectively to remove breast rash. Moreover, antihistamines creams and tablets are used to treat breast rashes. They have anti-inflammatory activity so they can be used in inflammatory breast rashes, breast eczema and can also be applied on pus and sores of the breast.

Zinc oxide creams are also available to treat breast rashes. It is an alkaline that neutralized all the acidic chemicals that cause breast rashes. Some natural oils and herbs are also used to treat breast rashes, for example, coconut oil, tea tree oil, garlic and aloe vera possess excellent antifungal property. They dissolve the cell membrane of fungi containing lauric acid and helps in restoring healthy skin.

Aloe vera also possesses anti-bacterial activity that helps in the treatment of any infection caused by bacteria over the breast skin and it also reduces intense itching and irritation. Moreover, lemon, vinegar and turmeric, baking soda and milk of magnesia are also used as a households remedy. They all possess alkaline property that not only neutralizes the effect of acidic chemicals, but also neutralize the effect of bacteria and fungi and give a sense of relief in severe painful condition.

Some natural herbs are also available that act as anti-inflammatory and most of homeopathic use them for the treatment of breast rashes. Basil and Calendula are two of them. These are treatments effectively reduce breast rash.

Prevention & Prophylaxis

It is a famous proverb that prevention is better than cure, so, it is necessary to take precautionary measures to avoid breast rashes. Breast rashes can be avoided by utilizing good quality of undergarment that must neither so tight nor so loose. Both these factors lead to the development of rashes.

Daily bath can reduce the risk of breast rashes as it removes all the moisture and humidity necessary for bacterial and fungal growth. Prickly heat powder can be used as prophylaxis to avoid breast rashes, as they contain antiseptic agents that reduce microbial growth. Use of boric acid solution also reduces the risk of fungal growth. Avoidance from irritant chemicals and detergents that may lead to allergic reaction reduces the risk of breast rashes as well.

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