Help me get rid of this armpit rash, please
July 6, 2011 8:19 PM Subscribe
I have had an issue with a bumpy, red, ITCHY rash for the last 7 years when I use certain anti-perspirants/deodorants, and have been changing them up to fix the rash. I am asking for your help because the rash is back, I am clean out of ideas and am holding off the rash only slightly right now. Sorry for the long post, details inside.
posted by minx to health & fitness (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, I use: dye-free scent-free laundry detergent; no dryer sheets; shower gel; no pouf or loofah; and no sharing shower stuff with anyone else.
I used to use anti-perspirant/deodorant solids for women since puberty with no problems. 7 years ago, I started getting the rash. I literally tried all kinds of anti-perspirant/deodorant and finally ended up being able to use Arrid XX Moutain Fresh spray. That worked for a few years. Lately, this spray has started to give me a rash. So, I went back and tried (all of these are anti-persp/deodorant unless otherwise noted): 1. Almay Hypo-Allergenic gel; 2. Dry Idea Unscented solid; 3. Lady Speedstick solid, several scents; 4. Degree solid, several scents; 5. Secret solid; 6. Arrid XX solid; 7. Ban Regular Scent Roll-on; 8. Sure Unscented spray; 9. Secret Scented spray; 10. Degree Scented spray; 11. Soft n Dri Scented spray; 12. Suave Scented spray; 13. Mennen Speed Stick Musk deodorant for men; 14. Arm n Hammer Natural Essentials (this one burned badly after only 1 hour!).
None of the above worked. What I am left with is Sure Unscented solid, which I use and then switch off every 2 days or so with the Arrid XX anti-perspirant/deodorant spray and then switch back. Sometimes I put on hydrocortisone cream to calm the situation down, and that works for a bit. And, sometimes if I can do it for a few hours, I put on hydrocortisone and don't put any anti-perspirant/deodorant on at all. My armpits love me for it, but my nose does not.
So, now I'm between a spray and a hard place. I want to find out if there's another anti-perspirant/deodorant I could try, or do I have some other problem? I read from the hive about fungus in the armpits, but I wonder if this is what I have, since my rash seems to disappear when I don't have anti-perspirant/deodorant on.