A breast rash describes redness and irritation of the skin on your breast. A breast rash can also be itchy, scaly, painful or blistered.
Other terms used to describe a breast rash include dermatitis and hives.
Most breast rashes have the same causes as rashes occurring elsewhere on the body. Some rashes occur only on the breast.
Make an appointment
A breast rash is rarely an emergency. But make an appointment with your doctor if your breast rash doesn't respond to self-care, or if it's accompanied by:
- Severe pain
- Sores that won't heal
- Red streaks coming from the rash
- Yellow or green fluid oozing from the rash
- Signs and symptoms that worsen
Self-care for breast rash
In the meantime, you may find some relief from your breast rash with these measures:
- 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.
- Think about recent behaviors that may have caused your rash. Have you tried a new soap? Have you been wearing scratchy clothing? Stop using any new products that may have caused your rash.
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