For women who suffer from chest eczema, it should be no surprise that breast eczema is a normal occurrence. Similarly to chest eczema, eczema on the breast can be extremely uncomfortable or painful depending on the severity of inflammation.
Discover what natural treatments, clothing and lifestyle changes can be adopted to heal breast eczema today.
Breast Eczema Symptoms
Similarly to the chest, breast eczema can appear in a dry, scaly, red or weeping form. Normally, this type of eczema affects the nipples, areolae, or the surrounding skin. It can also cause the nipples to become oozing or to crust.
Although this can be seen amongst women of all ages, it is most common during pregnancy, as the area around the nipples or surrounding skin can be more sensitive.
Other telling symptoms include:
- Red or brownish-gray areas of skin under or around the breasts
- Swollen or overly sensitive skin
- Small, itchy blisters
With breast eczema, it is important to seek medical attention in order to rule out other more serious conditions. For example, Paget's disease of the breast can easily be mistaken for breast or nipple eczema. This is a rare form of cancer that requires serious medical intervention.
How to Treat Breast Eczema
Eczema on the breast is rather sensitive and as such, you want to make sure you treat it gently.
We recommend using a natural emollient that is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin like this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This thick cream is both nourishing and helps soothe itchy, red and inflamed skin. Not only is it made with six all natural, simple ingredients, but manuka honey and manuka oil offer anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well. This cream is perfect for use on the entire body, even on more sensitive areas like breasts or the nipples.
Additionally, if you wear bras, it might be a good idea to opt for a more loose fit. Wearing bras that are tight along the skin can further exacerbate symptoms. This 100% Organic Cotton Front Closure Bra allows for comfortable support without skin irritation. Not only is it moisture wicking, but it offers support without the use of an underwire.
If you are suffering from painful or extremely itchy eczema under the breast, we recommend opting for a bra with an even looser fit. This 100% Organic Cotton Bra Liner is made with hypoallergenic material and is free of latex, spandex and chemicals. It can be worn alone for minimal support or as a layer under your favorite bra.
Lastly, make sure to check out this Remedywear™ Bra, which includes TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers that naturally soothe breast or nipple eczema. Not only is this bra made for allergy-prone skin, but its moisture wicking properties allow skin to remain well protected and free from chafing.
Wet or Dry Wrapping
If natural eczema treatments or clothing cannot bring relief, then we suggest looking into both wet or dry wrapping. Both these processes work well on severe eczema and can bring some much needed relief for itchy, painful skin.
The best part? Both the bras above can be used as wet and dry wraps. All you need is a natural emollient to heal red, inflamed skin.
If the above recommendations provide no relief than perhaps it's time to look at what you might be eating.
Many eczema sufferers tend to flare up due to food allergies. By carrying out an elimination diet, you can possibly discover allergens that are responsible for your eczema. Although this can be considered by some to be extremely difficult, it can also provide much needed insight into what might be triggering your eczema.
For more information on how diet impacts the skin, we suggest reading The Eczema Diet. This book is an excellent resource for understanding how food can trigger eczema and other skin conditions.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.