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Doctor insights on: What Causes Itchy Armpits

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Is adenovirus infection a cause of itchy armpits?

Is adenovirus infection a cause of itchy armpits?

Doubtful: But pruritis (itchiness) is a subliminal form of pain, and if you have slightly enlarged lymph nodes from adenoviral infection, anything is possible. But i sincerely doubt that this is what is creating your itchy armits. ...Read more

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What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

ARMPIT RASH: WHY UNDER ONE ARM I DON'T KNOW. IF ITS UNDER THE ARM THAT DOES ALL THE WORK, LIKE WRITING, LIFTING, EATING, ETC., IT MAY BE A CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM SOAP, DETERGENT, STUFF YOU MAY BE PUTTING ON WITH YOUR DOMINANT HAND. BE A DETECTIVE AND IF IT DOESNT GET BETTER, SEE DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding my baby & my armpits are very itchy. 1st what causes this & 2nd what can I use that won't harm my baby while breastfeeding. Thanks?

I'm breastfeeding my baby & my armpits are very itchy. 1st what causes this & 2nd what can I use that won't harm my baby while breastfeeding. Thanks?

Irritation?: Itchy armpits are usually due to an irritation. Try using deodorant stick that does not say anti-perspirant. This helps if you have a blocked sweat duct. Compresses of water/white vinegar may help remove small yeast infection. Make sure if you shave to use a good quality gel and quality razor - not just soap and water - to avoid ingrown hairs. A light powdering of corn starch can help with wetness ...Read more

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Itchy rashes under armpit, what are possible causes and OTC treatments? I shower daily, don't shave.

Itchy rashes under armpit, what are possible causes and OTC treatments? I shower daily, don't shave.

Dermatitis vs fungal: An 'itchy' rash in the axilla (arm pit) may be a 'contact dermatitis' or a yeast/fungal infection. An otc treatment for dermatitis is Cortaid (hydrocortisone 1%) and the treatment for fungal infection is otc 'anti-fungal' e.g. Lotrimin (clotrimazole). Dermatitis may be caused by exposure to chemicals/fragrances in deodorant/anti-perspirants so a hypo-allergenic subsitute may be needed. Get seen if no better. ...Read more

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What are the painful boils on my armpits ?sometimes they are full of puss and blood, it makes my skin very itchy, its red , and causes discoloration.

What are the painful boils on my armpits ?sometimes they are full of puss and blood, it makes my skin very itchy,  its red , and causes discoloration.

Abscess: First no antiperspirants only deodorants second warm soaks third call your doctor this condition needs treatment possibly lancing the lesion draining the pus and starting antibiotics. Do this today ...Read more

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I have dark patches on my armpits and they are itchy at times.What should I use?

I have dark patches on my armpits and they are itchy at times.What should I use?

Dermatomycosis: This is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. Start with otc antifungal creams that your friendly pharmacist will recommend. If that does not work then you will probably be seeing a dermatologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have itchy armpits and it hurts when I shave them. Any possible reasons why? Or what I can do to stop the itch and pain?

I have itchy armpits and it hurts when I shave them. Any possible reasons why? Or what I can do to stop the itch and pain?

Allergy? Infection?: Stop deodorant, use cold milk compresses to cool skin and use Hydrocortisone and sarna lotion. If not better see md for stronger prescription strength. ...Read more