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Itchy rashes under armpit, what are possible causes and OTC treatments? I shower daily, don't shave.
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Contact/irritant
Fungus infections don't typically itch; this is most likely due to allergy or direct irritation.
If the vault (central depression) is involved, it's often due to deodorant/antiperspirant. If the rash is around the outside of the armpit, leaving the vault spared, it's more likely due to clothing, detergent, or fabric softener. Try hydrocortisone; if it doesn't work you need a dermatologist.

In brief: Contact/irritant
Fungus infections don't typically itch; this is most likely due to allergy or direct irritation.
If the vault (central depression) is involved, it's often due to deodorant/antiperspirant. If the rash is around the outside of the armpit, leaving the vault spared, it's more likely due to clothing, detergent, or fabric softener. Try hydrocortisone; if it doesn't work you need a dermatologist.
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