Underarm Itching: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Underarm Itching: Causes, Treatment and Prevention
Published on, 17 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Itching under the arms with redness, but no signs of fever or chills

Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon
Thank you for your detailed observations regarding underarm itching and redness. Based on the information provided, I agree that the condition could be contact dermatitis or intertrigo. Initial advice is to maintain hygiene and avoid scratching the area as appropriate. Loose, 1. breathable clothing will certainly help in reducing further irritation. The use of an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream is a good starting point for immediate relief from itching. However, if the symptoms persist or worsen, If your symptoms persist or worsen despite trying these measures, or if you develop any additional symptoms, it's important to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and treatment. They can help identify the underlying cause of your underarm irritation and recommend appropriate treatment options. Further tests, such as patch testing, may be necessary to identify any potential allergens if contact dermatitis is suspected. In the case of intertrigo, a skin culture could be useful to check for any secondary fungal or bacterial infection.

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