Breast rash describes redness and irritation of the skin on your breast. Besides being itchy or scaly, a breast rash can sometimes be painful or blistered. Rarely, a breast rash may not cause any symptoms.
Other terms used to describe a breast rash include dermatitis and hives.
Make an appointment
Breast rash is rarely an emergency. Make an appointment with your doctor if your breast rash is accompanied by:
- Severe pain
- Sores that won't heal
- Signs and symptoms that are getting worse or last longer than a week
Self-care for breast rash
In the meantime, you may find some relief with self-care measures for your breast rash, such as:
- Take a warm bath or place a warm washcloth over the rash for a few minutes.
- Apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to the area.
- Take care of your skin. Don't scratch the rash.
- Avoid extra stress, since stress can make a rash itchier or make you more likely to scratch.
- Investigate common rash causes, such as new soap or scratchy clothing. Stop using any new products that may have caused your rash.
Apr. 19, 2011
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