Do your breats itch often? The reason could be one of these
Maybe, your are trying to tell you something.
From those vaginal washes to those intimate skin creams, there are a host of products popularized by a host of advertisements when it comes to maintaining hygiene down there. While all these are great, they often make us forget that there's something up there in a woman's body that needs equal attention.
Correction: Equal care (since they get enough attention in life already). We're obviously talking about the female breasts which are oft ignored when it comes to maintaining proper hygiene. The result? Itchiness and irritation in the area, which again is ignored by most women. But before we start telling you about how to get rid of the itchiness, let's get to the bottom of it and find out why it happens in the first place:
Your Bra Could Be Blah
No, we're not questioning your choice of lingerie. We're only asking you to analyze if the fabric of your bra is making your skin irritable.
"Sometimes, we tend to have an allergic reaction to the bras we wear and hence experience itching in that region," points out Dr. Apratim Goel, dermatologist at Mumbai's Cutis Skin Studio.
In fact, if the fabric isn't good at absorbing sweat, your breasts can get into some serious trouble. "In all probability, there will be sweat around your breasts even if you are sitting in an air-conditioned environment. If you're not wearing the right fabric, the sweat can accumulate, cause itchiness and even give rise to some fungal infections later," warns Dr. Apratim Goel, dermatologist at Mumbai's Cutis Skin Studio.
Solution: Goel suggests going for bras made out of cotton-based fabrics that can absorb sweat. She even recommends ditching bras for supportive camisoles when you're just chilling at home.
Lohia, on the other hand wants you all to pay close attention to the material used on the underside of your bra. Because you know what? Those wires and silicon-based seem supports can be the cause of your itchy breasts too.
Exercising Can Be A Pain In The, Well--Breasts
There is no denying the fact that motivating yourself to get off the couch and hit the gym is a pain in the behind. But what's even more painful is the potential after-effect of sweating it out. And your breasts might just have to pay a very hefty price for that killer workout.
"All the friction between your bra and your breasts can lead to itchy nipples," says Lohia. "And the sweat accumulation can cause irritation and infections," she adds.
In fancy terms, you have a jogger's nipple or frictional dermatitis. But who cares about the terms when all that itching gets on your nerves?
Not to mention, not wearing the right sports bra and not cleaning yourself up post the workout can worsen your case.
Solution: It 's simple: "Don't wait for an hour to cool down after your workout to take a shower. Change and clean up as soon as you reach home to prevent any fungal growth in the breasts," suggests Lohia.
In fact, according to Goel, using talcum powder/dry sprays on your breasts before hitting the gym can help you a great deal too since the powder can absorb all that sweat.
With Pregnancy Comes Itchiness
"Due to hormonal changes, your skin can become extra sensitive during/ after pregnancy and you could thus experience itchiness in the breasts," says Goel.
Not to mention, extensive stretching of the skin, during pregnancy can also be a cause of the itchiness, ladies. So beware!
Solution: Obviously, patience is key here as you've got to to let your hormones settle down. In the meanwhile, just maintain proper hygiene and keep your Lady jugs clean, we say. And well, if it's too much to bear, you've got to see a doc right away.
Or Maybe, Hair Is The Problem
On second thoughts, hair removal is the problem. It is common for many women to have hairs around the nipple. And thanks to the unrealistic standards of beauty that everyone dies to meet these days, we often end up waxing/ plucking those hairs off. The result? Irritation and itchiness rather than 'hairlessness'.
Solution: "Avoid waxing strips or using hot wax to remove the hair. If you really want to get rid of the hair, opt for laser treatment instead," suggests Goel. While we say, stay natural and let it be. After all, hair is Mother nature's gift to us human beings, right?
All Your Sweetness Could Be Responsible Too
Don't get us wrong. You've got to be a sweet person, but not to the extent that it causes diabetes.
"Many a times, all the itchiness and redness in the breasts can also be caused due to diabetes," points out Goel.
So you see, diabetes doesn't just hit your kidneys hard. It doesn't even spare your breasts.
Solution: You obviously have to take a blood test for diabetes, get proper treatment to keep it in control and most importantly, keep sugar intake in check. And you'll be just fine.
Or Maybe, It's Just Viral Fever
Dengue is on the rise and getting rashes and experiencing itchiness as a part of this viral fever isn't something unheard of. So keep that in mind and get yourself checked.
Solution: D-uh! When the fever goes away, the rashes will too.
The Belief That Ignorance Is Bliss Is Your Biggest Enemy
While we're obsessed with making our face shine brighter than a 100-watt bulb, we usually forget all about what lies below the neck. We hardly ever moisturize our breasts and then complain of itchiness and flaky skin. In fact, even if our Lady parts are slightly itchy, we tend to ignore our state and fail to maintain proper hygiene.
Solution: It's as obvious as it is simple: Take charge. Goel recommends following a proper skincare routine for your breasts including keeping them dry and clean, exfoliating them using a mild body scrub twice a week, followed by moisturizing your breasts in order to nourish the skin in that area. She also suggests using anti-fungal creams/powders in case of an infection and visiting a dermatologist if the problem persists.
Because Your Ignorance Could Cost You A LOT
By now you obviously know that sweating is inevitable and that sweat is your main enemy. But if you still choose to ignore and underestimate this enemy, it can lead to sever fungal infections and extreme itchiness, warns Lohia.
And that incessant itching and scratching can scar you for life-quite literally as it can leave marks and darken your breasts, she further adds.
That's not it. Goel also points out at the itchiness being the starting point of the rare-but-possible Paget's disease, which is form of cancer that affects the nipple and the area surrounding the nipple. It can even spread to the bones and make your case worse.
So, don't take the itchiness lightly and consult a doctor if maintaining proper hygiene also doesn't help, ladies.