Pimples between breasts can be itchy red and cause unpleasant cleavage. This can also cause an irritated skin with dark dots between the breast even after they heal. Breast acne is also common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Sweat, heat rash, eczema among other several causes listed below can also cause cleavage pimples and small bumps between the breast. Can breast cancer cause pimples like rash between, under or on the breast? Find out about this and more below
It is quite common to find pimples appearing on the areas around the breast especially for breastfeeding women. Some of these pimples are usually harmless and in some cases, they tend to clear away on their own while others are as a result of certain underlying health factors that have to be medically observed and treated
Pimples can appear on the areas around the Breast and nipples. These areas include on the sides of the Breast, under the Breast, on the top side of the Breast, and even in between the Breast. Pimples that appear in between the Breast can be as a result of several different factors. These factors may be categorized into the following groups:
- Breast infections
- Autoimmune disorders responses and disorders
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Inflammatory breast cancer
In some cases, certain pimples can be treated at home using some natural and home remedies and the will completely clear away while in others, the body’s autoimmunity will fight against the causative agents of the pimples with success.
In this article, we will be looking at pimples between breasts, causes, related symptoms, home treatment remedies and certain medical treatment options.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Can breast cancer cause pimples on breast? Yes, it can. This type of breast cancer is also known as inflammatory breast cancer or IBC. Symptoms may include small red bumpy rash or pimples on breast which in most cases are ignored.
Even though this type of cancer is not common, there is a possibility that those pimples, small red bumpy rash under, between or on the breast that keep coming back or won’t go away could be caused by inflammatory breast cancer
Symptoms include rash, pimples or small red bumps on the breast. This may be treated as just a simple rash. The best way to note that this is not just any typical rash is the fact that they will always keep coming back, spreading or won’t go away.
There are several different forms of infections that can cause pimples to appear on the Breast. These infections can be classified into bacterial, fungal, viral, and cancerous infections. They are caused or triggered by different conditions and existing factors that vary from one infection to another. For example, a warm and moist environment in between the Breast can provide an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to thrive.
Here are some of the infections that can attack and cause pimples to develop in the area in between and around the Breast:
Candidiasis or Breast Yeast Infection
Yeast infection is caused by a fungus known as Candida Albicans hence the alternative name, Candidiasis which in some cases is also referred to as Cutaneous Candidiasis. This condition is very common and it is most prevalent in the moisture-prone areas of the body. The area between the Breast is one such area that normally harbors high moisture contents.
This normally leads to the naturally existing yeast (Candida) on the body to overgrow past the safe levels that are allowed by the body. The overgrowth may be characterized by small bumps or pimples between Breasts.
Pimples between breasts that are caused by yeast infections are usually tricky to treat as they may easily recur. This is because yeast infections, in most cases, always signify the presence of some other underlying causes that may need to be addressed before the infection can be wholly treated.
Candidiasis can be treated using antifungal creams that are readily available in the local drug stores as over-the-counter drugs. However, should the infection be severe, there are oral prescriptions that can be given in order to be used for the treatment of the condition. In some cases, if the candida spreads into the bloodstream, intravenous forms of treatment can be used to treat it.
Some of the symptoms associated with a candida infection may include the following:
- Pimples may develop in the affected area of the skin and may result in red or purple patches.
- You might notice a white and flaky substance on the affected areas of the skin that may be followed by scaling and subsequently shedding of the skin.
- The skin may develop cracks resulting in soreness of the affected areas.
Candidiasis is a contagious infection and can be easily spread from one part of the body to another or from person to person through bodily contact and sharing of stuff like clothes and towels.
Ringworms (also known as Tinea or Dermatophytosis)
Most people tend to believe that this condition is caused by a worm. That is not the case. Dermatophytosis is a condition caused by a fungal infection and it causes a circular or ring-shaped rash to develop on the skin.
There are three types of fungi that are responsible for causing ringworm infections. They are Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton.
Ringworms are highly contagious and can be easily spread by contact with infected people or animals. It can also be spread by sharing items like clothes and towels with infected persons.
Ringworms can also be responsible for pimples between breasts.
The main symptoms that accompany a ringworm infection are:
- Patches of the skin begin to lose hair in circular patterns (rings).
- The affected area of the skin will develop scaly patches.
- The patches may be whitish or reddish in color.
- The patches may also become itchy.
Ringworms can be treated using certain over-the-counter antifungal creams
Mastitis is a bacterial infection that is most common in breastfeeding women. However, this does not mean that women who are not breastfeeding are exempted from contracting mastitis. It normally occurs when lesions form on the nipples, giving way to bacteria into the milk ducts.
If left untreated, the condition might cause bumps to form on and in between the Breast. The bumps might exhibit pain and they might also be filled with pus, making them yellowish or whitish in color.
Mastitis can be treated by way of applying antibiotic creams since it is a bacterial infection. When faced with this condition, you are advised to apply warm compresses on the Breast. This can be done repeatedly in a day in order to relieve the Breast from the discomfort that is caused by the bumps.
As in all other bacterial infection treatments, you will be required to increase the amount of your fluid intake in order to speed up the healing process. You will also require enough rest. In the case of breastfeeding women, the mother will be required to empty the affected Breast more frequently.
This is a bacterial infection of the skin and it can occur on any part of the body. This infection normally occurs following an incision in the skin and it can most likely develop after a surgery. This means that cellulitis can also be a cause of pimples between breasts.
In most cases, it causes redness and/or pain around surgical scars. Cellulitis is known to spread quite rapidly and it also causes a fever to develop. If not treated in good time, cellulitis can prove to be very dangerous.
There are several substances that might cause allergic reactions which might lead to the formation of pimples between breasts. Such substances may include foods, insect bites/stings, plants, and also cosmetic products.
The pimples caused by allergic reactions are most commonly referred to as hives. They are bumps that in most cases may appear red or pink and can at times be the same color as the skin. They are normally characterized by an itch which in some cases if scratched, may produce a watery substance.
The condition in most cases is normally treated by the use of antihistamine drugs that may be available over-the-counter. However, you do not have to use drugs to treat the condition. You can apply cold compresses onto the affected areas of the Breast in order to relieve the symptoms caused by the condition. Hives are known to go away on their own in most cases.
Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses
A good example of a skin condition that is caused by an insect bite is the Lyme disease. This can be witnessed a few days after you have been bitten by a tick. It causes a rash that develops in the pattern of a bull’s eye.
It may also cause flu-like symptoms, weakening of the joints, nerves, and irregular heartbeat rates. It is essential to use tick repellents when in areas where you are prone to tick bites to avoid being bitten. You should also see the doctor as soon as you realize that you have a tick-borne illness.
There are a number of autoimmune disorders that may cause pimples between breasts. These kinds of disorders are normally the chronic conditions that cannot be cured but their symptoms may be treated. In most cases, they normally resolve on their own.
Eczema on breast
Eczema is normally characterized by patches of inflamed skin. These patches are in most cases discolored and may exhibit severe itches. Eczema is also referred to as Atopic Dermatitis. The inflammations caused by eczema are usually small and fluid-filled and they may oftentimes discharge the fluid which dries in the end and then forms a crust over the wound
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Non-itchy Pimples between the Breast
There are cases were you may have small bumps or pimples between the breast that are not itchy. This will majorly depend on the underlying causes and should never be ignores. If they don’t go away even after using home remedies, seek medical advice. Have a doctor examine the reason as to why those small bumps between breasts won’t go away or keep coming back.
Irritant Contact Dermatitis
There are several skin irritants that may cause irritant contact dermatitis. This condition, as the name suggests, only occurs when the skin comes is in contact with such an irritant. It can cause the affected area to dry and develop a non-itchy rash. Some of the chemicals that are most notorious in causing such reactions are detergents and some industrial products. People react differently to chemicals and the severity may vary from person to person.
It is advisable to wash the affected area thoroughly with clean running water upon coming into contact with such an irritant and also avoiding contact with an irritant that may cause a reaction on your skin.
Certain drugs may cause reactions that can lead to pimples developing on the skin. Such drugs include diuretics or even anti-seizure pills that are administered to epileptics. These reactions can appear either as a side effect of using the drugs or as an allergic reaction. In most cases, these kinds of pimples never itch and may begin to develop within a few days of taking medications. The pimples may begin as small patches on the body and may eventually spread to other parts.
It is advisable to seek the advice of a medical doctor in case you notice such a reaction upon introducing any new medication. In most cases, such reactions caused by drugs normally resolve on their own after a few days but in some cases, they might be severe and may call for immediate medical attention.
This condition is brought about by friction on the skin and it leads to inflammation, drying, discoloration, and scaling of the affected area of the skin. Intertrigo mostly occurs in the warm and moist areas of the body like the groins, under and between the Breast, abdominal skin folds, in the inner thighs, and even between the toes.
If left untreated for long, the condition can result in the formation of sores, cracks on the skin, and eventual bleeding. This condition can in some cases become itchy.
To avoid this kind of an infection, always keep the risk areas dry and clean in order to reduce the chances of this kind of an infection. You should also make sure that you wear loose clothes always in order to reduce friction. You can use a powder as well to reduce friction.
Heat Fever or Heat Rash Between the breasts
Heat rash is also associated with the pimples that form between the Breast. It is sometimes also referred to as prickly heat. Heat rash is more common on the underside of the breast that it is on the other parts of the Breast and is most prevalent in hot weather. It leads to the formation of tiny discolored bumps that may cover the entire area between the Breast. To eliminate the chances of heat pimples, one should keep the area between the Breast cool and dry.
You can wear loose clothing and also reduce your exposure to the sun in order to reduce the risks of developing heat pimples. Heat pimples normally clear on their own, but if the symptoms persist, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Symptoms Associated with Acne, Pimples between breasts
In most cases, pimples between breasts may go unnoticed especially at their onset until a time when they exhibit certain symptoms like itches and roughness of the skin. In this article, we will discuss some of the symptoms that are related to the formation of pimples between breasts as follows:
In most cases, a foul smell or an unusual odor will be one of the first signs and symptoms of a developing rash. Such an odor may emanate from the area between the Breast and may be easily picked up by the affected individual.
Inflammation is simply the swelling of the affected area of the skin. Inflammation of the skin between the Breast may appear as an individual or clustered lumps and the inflamed spots may in some cases be discolored.
Most skin pimples are associated with causing an itch. The itch may be discomforting and may be triggered further by heat, sweat, and tight clothing. This may lead to vigorous scratching which is also not advisable as scratching may worsen the situation.
This is another common symptom of a rash between the Breast. It may be felt at the onset of the rash and the feeling may proceed throughout the period you are having the rash in some cases.
Other causes of pimples between breasts
Apart from the previously discussed issues that cause pimples to appear between the Breast, there are other causes that may lead to the condition. Some of these causes may not be a reason to worry, and in most cases, they will always resolve on their own.
The following are some of those factors which might also lead to pimples appearing between the Breast:
Sweating is likely to cause heat rash pimples between breasts. This is because when sweating, the body produces heat which may accumulate in the area due to its little or no exposure to air.
The pimples produced by sweating are never as painful but should also be handled with proper care as some of their effects might not be so desirable. Such effects as burns may be quite displeasing as well as discomforting.
This condition can be avoided by putting on loose clothes which allow for proper circulation of air to produce a cooling effect on the skin.
Some foods that we eat are also likely to cause pimples to appear between the Breast. This mostly occurs when the foods are either taken in excess or just normal allergic reactions that are as a result of eating such foods. Examples of such foods are nuts, eggs, French fries, and other high-calorie foods.
Pimples that are as a result of food allergies always disappear on their own over a period of time. It is imperative, however, that you identify foods that you are allergic to and either reduce your consumption or avoid them at all costs in order to eliminate the pimples that they may cause to appear between your Breast.
Breastfeeding women usually get a lot of yeast from the breast milk. Yeast, as earlier discussed, is also notorious for causing bumps to appear between the Breast. The yeast can leave behind patches that look like burns and in some cases, the skin between the breast skin might become dry and begin to peel off. It is important to see the doctor if this condition worsens.
Pimples between breasts during pregnancy
During pregnancy, women’s bodies undergo several hormonal changes and they experience a lot of hormonal imbalances. The body temperature also fluctuates irregularly during pregnancy and can sometimes lead to the body overheating. These three factors are also known to cause pimples to appear and can be a major factor for pimples that appear between the Breast.
Shingles between the breasts
This is a viral infection that causes a burning and stinging rash to appear on the body. It is witnessed especially in people who have had chicken pox attacks when they were young. The rash is characterized by blisters that appear on one side of the body. Fortunately, there is a vaccine for the disease which if left untreated, can cause pain for months or even years.
Paget’s disease of the breast
This is a type of breast cancer which is visible on the nipples. It can start off as a discolored, scaly, and itchy rash on one of the Breast and can easily spread to the other breast. Fortunately, this disease is a highly and more easily treatable form of breast cancer.
Home remedies for pimples between breasts
Below are some home remedies you can use to get rid of pimples or acne between the breats. However, if they won’t go away or the keep coming back, seek medical advice so that a doctor can prescribe the right creams to apply on them depending on the cause and the type of skin you have.
Calamine lotion has been in use over a period of time especially for the treatment of chickenpox pimples.
It produces a soothing effect and promotes healing especially for the bumps that have been laced. It works by drying up the fluid-filled bumps.
Calamine lotion can be applied topically as in the case of the normal oiling of the body, preferably at night when going to bed.
The best of all olive oils are the extra virgin olive oils which are known to provide the best moisturization for the skin. Olive oil produces a soothing effect and it helps to retain moisture on the skin, preventing the skin from drying.
For even greater results, you can mix the olive oil with a dash of honey and smear it over the rash at least four times daily.
You can repeat the procedure daily for desired results.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar
These two types of vinegar are known to have amazing antifungal and antibacterial properties.
You can mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and drink it twice daily for about a week, or you can prepare a hot bath and add some vinegar then soak your body in it for about an hour daily. The skin irritation and itching should begin to fade away.
Another alternative would be diluting the white or apple cider vinegar with plain water and then applying it topically on the affected area of the skin for about half an hour, after which, you can rinse it off with water.
You can as well prepare an oatmeal bath and soak for about half an hour daily for better results.
Yogurt is known to contain Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria which is very friendly to the skin and it can be used as a cream. It is important to note that you should use only plain yogurt.
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