What Are the Treatments for Underarm Yeast Infection?

Our skin supports the growth of various forms of bacteria as well as fungi. However, under certain conditions, specific fungi sometimes irrupts into a troublesome rash or yeast infection. Warm, moist areas of the body remain a conducive breeding ground for this overgrowth to develop, with the vagina and groin area the most problematic. Other areas include between the toes, under the breasts and even on the scalp. Due to the sweat glands, as well as hair that traps moisture, the the armpit can also be a breeding ground for yeast.

  1. Identification

    • An underarm yeast infection results from the explosive growth of a single-celled fungi referred to as candida. This fungi usually remains in check. However, an imbalance sometimes occurs, resulting in uncontrolled growth and producing a red rash, sometimes associated with pain and itchiness.

    Features

    • A weakened immunity system is the greatest contributor to the development of a yeast infection. This condition can occur due to a variety of factors such as inadequate rest, improper nutrition and high stress, resulting in the body experiencing a decreased ability to fight disease and infection. In addition, various antibiotic treatments, as well as steroids and birth control pills, increase the probability of an outbreak.

    Considerations

    • Those individuals suffering from diabetes seem more prone to developing a rash. Thus if you frequently experience a yeast infection and are not a known diabetic, contact a doctor for a glucose tolerance test. Your blood glucose levels might not be within the normal range.

    Prevention/Solution

    • After washing under your arms, apply an antiyeast cream, like Lotrimin, twice a day. Also, hydrocortison cream produces positive results and can be used in conjunction with the antiyeast cream treatments. Most drug stores carry these items.
      For those wanting a more natural approach, try washing the underarms with vinegar. This treatment does usually result in mild discomfort due to a slight burning sensation. Some alternative practitioners recommend taking probiotic supplements that contain live microorganisms to combat the growth of bacteria in the intestines, a contributor of fungi growth. Garlic is excellent for not only promoting general health but as a potent antifungal treatment. Eat at least one clove of raw garlic a day.
      Remain vigilant with your diet. Sugar appears to promote the growth of yeast, so try to avoid sugar and sugary products, including fresh fruits and juices. Also, limit your intake of baked goods made with yeast and gluten such as breads, crackers and pastries. Do not eat any products that contain yeast, such as cheese, or any edible fungus like mushrooms.
      Individuals with more severe cases may need a prescription for oral medication in addition to creams.

    Warning

    • Be careful when buying over-the-counter products that combat yeast infection. Read the label carefully. Different products target specific fungal infections and may not be appropriate for underarm infections.

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References

  • "Controlling Yeast Infections," Amy Roffmann, FDA Consumer, Vol. 27, No. 10, December 1993
  • " Is Fruit to Blame for My Candida?" Jane Clarke, The Daily Mail, May 6, 2008
  • "The Bugs within Us," Ricki Lewis, FDA Consumer, Vol. 26, No. 7, September 1992

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