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February 8th, 2010, 12:31 PM
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I have a red, somewhat painful rash under my breasts. Once I switched bras, it got better but now it's getting worse again. I even try NOT to wear a bra when I can, but I'm not sure that helps.

Has anyone had this? What have you done to help it? It's on both sides, one a little worse than the other. I've gotten this before and it usually goes away quicker, but I'm guessing b/c I'm pregnant, it's being more stubborn.

I'm also aware of inflammatory breast cancer looking like a rash, but since I've had this rash before (and this episode was made worse b/c I was itching it!) I'm not worried about that quite yet.
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February 8th, 2010, 12:45 PM
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I am not sure as I've never had this, but when worked at a nursing home some of the elderly ladies would get rashes or become red under their breasts due to the CNA's not throughly drying after a bath or even if the lady got too warm over the day and would sweat. I would then apply an ointment which soothes and also is a barrier for moisture so the skin can heal. (kinda like a diaper rash cream consistancy) Since air isn't able to reach that area for us as we get larger breasts it gets to be moist more often than not? I might not be of any help but I know I get over heated easily and under my breasts is the first place I feel uncomfortable and have the feeling that I need to dry off.

I switched to a cotton bra so that my skin can breathe and that has helped a lot.
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February 8th, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Sounds like a heat rash or a sweat rash. You could try putting baby powder in your bras. And if it starts to itch you could use an athlete's foot creme (because fungus grows in warm moist areas like under boobs and between socked and shoed feet)!
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February 8th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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Sounds like heat or sweat to me as well. You can even put a little anti-perspirant there in the mornings and see if that helps.

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February 8th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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I would try some powder. It sounds like a heat rash.

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February 8th, 2010, 02:42 PM
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It sounds like heat rash to me. Or it could be contact dermatitis. Ditto what everyone else said to treat it. If it is dermatitis, your laundry detergent could be irritating your skin. And since that article of clothing is so close to your body, it is aggravating the issue. Pregnancy does weird things to your skin.
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February 8th, 2010, 06:27 PM
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I used to get eczema between/under my breasts for some reason. There was never a proven reason for it. But hydrocortisone cream helped clear it up and is safe to use while pregnant.
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February 8th, 2010, 06:42 PM
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I had a terrible rash last pregnancy that I think was caused by a new pair of maternity jeans. I went to the doctor and after three different physicians came in to look at my belly and boobs (yeah, good times...) no one could diagnose it. They gave me steroid cream which I was terrified to use, but I was in such agony that I did - it saved me. I had tried other lotions, hydrocortizone, oatmeal baths, caladryl, etc. and nothing made a difference. It was so terrible that I was crying.

I hope your rash is not this bad, but if it is and they give you steroid cream - use it! My baby came out fine... although he was 9 1/2 lbs... could that have been from the steroids... hmmmm....

Good luck.
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