10:26 am - 04/01/2012

Weird boobage issue?

Ok, so I don't have much cleavage to speak of. I'm a large A/small B, and literally have to push them together to get anything close to a "valley". However, I've found that sweat pools in there when I wear sports bras/work out. This has been going on for a long time, but just recently, I noticed a scaly patch forming between breasts. It's flat, slightly red, and very itchy. The skin is thickened/scaly/flaky, and it gets much more inflamed after I sweat.

I've been hesitant to put anything on it other than unscented moisturizer because I know using antibiotics on yeast is bad and antifungals on bacteria is bad too. Ideas?
theatreant 1st-Apr-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
If you have any coconut oil (or know a local place to get some) you can smear that on. It'll moisturize it, help stop any itching and it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties so it should help clear it out! :)
kuangning 1st-Apr-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Tea tree oil is both antibacterial and anti-fungal, so if you add a few drops to the previously-mentioned coconut oil, that should help.
madamoisellesss 1st-Apr-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Having a constant pooling of sweat/moisture can cause fungal problems. What you're describing sounds a lot to me like ringworm. Ringworm is not actually a worm (thank goodness!) but a fungus, and while it can spread if you scratch it, it's easily treatable. A topical antifungal cream applied once or twice a day should help moisturize, ease the itching, and kill the fungus. It does take time, but it won't harm your skin to try the antifungal.
misheymo 1st-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
get it checked out. my sil had something similar and it was a common form of skin cancer. totally removable since she caught it early.
moonagedaydream 1st-Apr-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like eczema which is irritated by sweat.
knittinggoddess 1st-Apr-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Diluted tea tree and coconut oil sound like a great idea.

When it's healed, consider getting a different sports bra. Something that breathes, encapsulates your breasts and actually fits should be kinder to your breast skin. Your boobs are going to get sweaty especially where skin touches, and if your bra doesn't fit right, you're going to get a lot more rubbing, even if you don't think you have "big enough" breasts.

I'm kind of a bra evangelist, so bear with me please: Go here and here to read about how bras in general should fit. It's entirely possible that you're wearing the wrong size because it's what's available in stores, but need something else entirely. I'm not a huge fan of Title 9 because they have a limited size range, but their range is greater than what you generally find in stores. You might find one that suits you better there.
aki_the_wingly 1st-Apr-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Almost seems like Soriosis or Eczema, but it could be Ring worm or a fungal infection like the others have said.

Also, this may seem like an odd suggestion, but if you are comfortable, going without a bra until it heals up might help, depending on how loose you wear your clothing. If not, then finding a bra made out of cotton or a cotton Camisole could work as well. And like the above said, it's a good idea to find a bra that fits.

Knittinggoddess, I might take a look at those sites too because I've been wanting to find out how to get bras that fit me better because I have trouble with that.

aki_the_wingly 1st-Apr-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey, thanks!
nutmegdealer 1st-Apr-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
i had something like this going on last year and i cleared it up with athlete's foot cream twice a day. i started off with tea tree oil, but it took too long, smelled too strong, and the cat kept trying to lick it off.

as weird as it sounds, my rec for keeping that whole area dry is diaper cream.
cadetsandkings 1st-Apr-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
IDEK what it IS but it SOUNDS like eczema to me!
jeesh 2nd-Apr-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like tinea. I get this quite often under my boobs for the same reason. It's a pain to get rid of. Everyone else's recommendations should work just fine.
erupt_disaster 2nd-Apr-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
It does sound like tinea, or a mild intertrigo, or possibly an eczematous rash, all of which are relatively easily treatable. I've been an MA for a large derm practice for the past couple years, and I don't think it sounds like a skin cancer (those are usually pretty small when they first start growing, and this is in a spot you probably "monitor" with some regularity. Plus, much of the time, basal and squamous cell carcinomas don't itch or cause any pain. Those can be ulcerated, or have a pearly or crusted appearance, or look like pimples, or actually a million other ways, but MOST of the time they are not easily confused with rashes. Melanomas tend to look more like funnyish moles at first). I WOULD see a dermatologist ASAP though. I think a lot of patients come in wishing they would have just been seen before trying a bunch of over-the-counter stuff that didn't work for their various rashes. Granted, a lot of doctors have looooong waiting lists, and health insurance poses all other sorts of issues, but hopefully you'll be able to access a doctor who can give you either steroids if it's an eczema, or an anti-fungal like Ketoconazole if it's ringworm or intertrigo, or Nystatin/Mycostatin if it's a yeast.

Aaaahhh, sorry to get all carried away here. I have a mostly hate relationship with the institutional aspects of the job, but this is the kind of stuff I love about it!
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