Be careful when you shave the skin under your arms. Don’t do it to closely to the skin and every time you want to try a new shaving cream or gel, test it on a small skin area first.
Include natural yogurts in your everyday diet as they are rich in active cultures that will help you prevent not only rashes, but also other fungal infections.
An Underarm Shaving Rash
A completely different type of rash on the armpits is the one that occurs because of shaving them. The skin under your arms is extremely sensitive and improper or too frequent shaving may easily irritate it. In consequence, an underarm shaving rash is one of the most common rashes that can affect your armpits.
Once this type of rash appears, stay natural for a few days and avoid shaving the irritated area of the skin. When the rash goes away and you decide to go back to shaving, always use a new razor and shave the hair in the direction it grows.
Remember that just after shaving your skin becomes more vulnerable to infections and irritations. Thus, wait at least 15 minutes before you apply any antiperspirant, lotion, or other underarm products. Instead of antiperspirants you may apply a thin layer of talc powder on your armpits as it will absorb the sweat and keep the skin dry.
If you want to use some antiperspirants, go for the ones which are created for sensitive skin. It’s also worth using skin products with a fragrance-free formula. The same rule applies to the soap you use to clean your underarm area. Choose the one which is mild and fragrance-free.
To prevent the irritation of the skin after shaving, buy an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and apply it just after shaving, even before you apply deodorant. It will soothe your skin and prevent redness or itching.
If the rash doesn’t clear up after a week, you should make an appointment to the doctor as it’s probable that an underarm shaving rash transformed into a more serious bacterial or fungal infection and it needs to be treated with a prescribed cream.
When to See a Doctor
You need to see a doctor if the armpit rash doesn’t want to go away despite the fact that you’ve been using home or over-the-counter remedies for a few days. Your doctor will prescribe you some stronger medications then.
If you suspect that your rash is a contact allergy, try to find the irritant. You may also make an appointment to an allergist who will run special allergy tests, which will tell what you are allergic to. You could check your nearest environment to see if you are close to or use any of the allergens.
Remember that the worst thing you can do is leave a rash on your armpits untreated as an insignificant problem may turn into a serious bacterial or fungal infection. A simple rash can develop into red bumps known as pustules. They are painful, itchy, and inflamed. When you start scratching them, pustules can leave ugly scars. Your skin can get red, warm, over-sensitive, and swollen.
In rare cases, when the rash doesn’t want to go away despite the treatment, a skin biopsy might be required to detect the underlying causes of the armpit rash.