Breast Itch/ Rash
Breast itch/rash is most commonly due to skin irritation (eg eczema, or mild allergic reaction to clothing/ dye/ detergent). Even lotions, perfumes, or sweat may irritate the skin over the breast area.
- Use a mild body soap and cool-tepid water for showing; gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of moisturiser
- Wash bras with a mild detergent, and rinse off thoroughly
- Consider placing cotton pads in the bra cups to keep the area dry, and minimise contact with potential allergens (perfume, scented creams, etc)
- If you have eczema, you may consult your usual dermatologist to get advice on how to manage this acute flare
- If the rash is bloody/”weeping” (having yellowish sticky discharge): please consult a doctor to check if a steroid ointment is suitable
- If there is pus/fever: please consult a doctor as soon as possible
- If the rash if persistent after 2 weeks, consider seeing a specialist (skin or breast) for further evaluation
As a breast specialist, Dr Tan Yia Swam will assess the pattern of the itch/rash, and do the necessary tests to confirm that it is not due to cancer. This may involve a scan, and biopsy for certain patients.
Come and discuss your concerns
If requested, Dr Tan Yia Swam will recommend other healthcare providers for the following conditions, after checking that you and your breasts are in good health: