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I have dark underarms..Is there a mild over-the-counter deodorant I can buy to lighten them?

I have dark underarms..Is there a mild over-the-counter deodorant I can buy to lighten them?

See a doctor: You may have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation resulting from irritation or shaving or friction from the armpits rubbing against each other. If you identify the underlying source you may be able to improve the problem. Using a topical bleaching cream may help. Laser hair removal helps the problem if it's caused by shaving or waxing. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Deodorant (Definition)

A chemical or compound of chemicals intended to mask odor. Underarm odor is caused by bacterial breakdown of the components of sweat. Typical underarm deodorants contain perfumes and alcohol, triclosan or chelated metal compounds ...Read more


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I have a big lymph node under my left armpit. I feel nauseated and its painful. I take over the counter tylenol for pain and put a hot compress on it?

I have a big lymph node under my left armpit. I feel nauseated and its painful.  I take over the counter tylenol for pain and put a hot compress on it?

Need to examine: Painful node with systemic symptoms warrants an evaluation by a doctor. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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HI, i have a candida infection under my armpit that was unresponsive to cortisone treatment. What can I get over the counter now that I am on holiday?

HI, i have a candida infection under my armpit that was unresponsive to cortisone treatment. What can I get over the counter now that I am on holiday?

Fungal cream.: Cortisone does not treat fungal infections, and, in fact,can make them much worse. If you use an over the counter fungal med (Like lotrimin (clotrimazole) or nystatin) and the rash does not get better, see a doc for evaluation. Also avoid fragrances and harsh soaps which cause skin irritation and will add to your problem. Avoid animal products with antibiotics used in their feed, as well. ...Read more

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What hair removal cream is okay for the pubic area down by the vagina and armpit ? And over-the-counter cream in case of rash?

What hair removal cream is okay for the pubic area down by the vagina and armpit ? And over-the-counter cream in case of rash?

Hair removal creams: As a dermatologist, i can tell you that over the counter products for hair removal very seldom work. Laser hair removal is the most effective, but expensive. Vaniqa (eflornithine) is a cream that can be used to reduce dark hairs, usually prescribed for facial hair, but could be effective in the armpits and groin. It is not covered by insurance. Hydrocortisone 1% cream for otc tx of rashes. ...Read more

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I have a candida infection under armpit that is unresponsive to cortisone treatment. What can I get over the counter whilst I am here on holiday in Spain? Do I wash it in the shower or try to keep it dry? I sweat quite a lot now that I am on Concerta dail

I have a candida infection under armpit that is unresponsive to cortisone treatment. What can I get over the counter whilst I am here on holiday in Spain? Do I wash it in the shower or try to keep it dry? I sweat quite a lot now that I am on Concerta dail

Intertrigo: Yeast is not likely. Cortisone is not good for yeast, sometimes makes worse. Most likely it is chaffing and tight clothing in hot weather + travel. Shower very beneficial. Not too hot, no scrubbing. Antiperspirant, even if it stings, may help. Hydrocortisone added if severe itch. Do not shave under arms. If persists, a good dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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What else to do to avoid using deodorants?.. i want to lighten underarm.

What else to do to avoid using deodorants?.. i want to lighten underarm.

Keep dry: U'r best bet is to stay dry, either by wearing clothes that specifically tailor to absorbing the sweat, like UnderArmour, or use a hand towel with you. Hydrate well ...Read more

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What is the typical age for a child to start having underarm odor and needing deodorant?

Puberty: As early as age 8 (even 7.5) in girls. As early as age 9 in boys. The average girl starts puberty about ten. Average boy about age 11. If signs of puberty before 8 (girls) or 9 (boys) see your doctor. If no signs of puberty try some antibacterial soap. Some children can get body odor before puberty and it is not a sign of a problem, but you might want to ask your doctor next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a good natural alternative to an underarm deodorant.?

Can you tell me a good natural alternative to an underarm deodorant.?

Beware: There's a totally false claim that underarm deodorants cause breast cancer. The one physician who's supported this can't even get her own lab partners to agree. Years ago, I traced it to a charlatan selling a "natural" anti-smell preparation. If you've got body odor, you are likely to lose your job, and they won't tell you the real reason. You've been warned. ...Read more