Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body – including under the armpit. In fact, the folds of the body tend to be a hotspot for irritation because the skin is more likely to rub against itself and experience chafing. In this post, we’ll explore some of the symptoms and causes of eczema on armpit to help you treat this condition naturally.
What Does Armpit Eczema Look Like?
An eczema rash on the armpit typically appears scaly and white or bumpy and red. The affected area will likely be extremely dry and itchy. Scratching can cause the skin to crack or bleed, even prompting the blister-like bumps to leak and crust over. This can pave the way for infection, especially if left untreated.
If intense scratching consistently occurs, the skin can even develop a thick leathery texture. Bear in mind that it’s possible your symptoms may go through different degrees of severity. This means that there may be periods where symptoms are less intense – possibly even unnoticeable – while at other times, you may experience intense flare-ups. Be sure to speak with your doctor or physician to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
What Causes Eczema on Armpit?
Like all types of eczema, the exact cause of armpit eczema is not known. Although the cause of eczema on armpits may be different for everyone, it’s typically caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
For example, some people may react badly to chemicals found in beauty products like soap, body wash, and deodorant while for others, it’s a result of a family history of armpit eczema. Internal factors, such as stress or an unhealthy gut may also contribute to eczema on the armpits.
Specifically for armpit eczema, sweat is likely a common trigger, making it important to be extra careful when exercising or during the summer, hotter months when your body is more likely to overheat. The reason behind sweat-induced eczema is that the salty residue found in perspiration can contribute to dehydration, leading to stinging and itchiness.
Natural Treatments For Eczema on Armpit
Natural treatments are the best way to soothe symptoms and manage your condition. Here are some top natural treatment options to heal armpit eczema:
Avoid Hot Water
Hot water is known to exacerbate eczema symptoms, which is why some people report that their eczema feels worse after a shower. While we know it can be tempting to draw up a hot bath to soak tired muscles, it’s best to use lukewarm water instead. In addition, be sure to pat dry your skin with a soft towel instead of rubbing it dry when you are finished.
Wash Immediately After Exercising
To prevent the sodium in your sweat from sticking to your skin and causing further irritation, we recommend showering immediately after you finish your workout. This will help you keep up an active lifestyle without exacerbating your condition.
Wear Eczema Friendly-Clothing
If sweaty irritation or chafing in your armpit area is caused by the clothing you wear, it’s time to switch up your wardrobe! This long sleeve shirt for adults and kids is a must! Thanks to its form-fitting design, it’s perfect for wearing underneath your regular clothes to work or alone as pajamas.
Made with natural TENCEL fibers and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, the shirt provides a gentle layer of protection, supreme breathability, and natural, moisture-wicking properties.
To counteract the drying effects of a damaged skin barrier, be sure to moisturize daily. This Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is perfect because it’s made with 100% natural ingredients – including Manuka honey! With no burning or stinging, this oil-based balm is great for adults and kids alike.
To avoid further irritating your condition, it’s important to protect yourself from scratching. Easier said than done, we know.
That’s why we love these Remedywear™ eczema gloves. Available for adults and kids, the gloves are made with a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, making them comfortable to wear. We suggest wearing them during the night to protect your skin when you have less control over your actions.