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One of the most frequent topics we get questions about at HealthCentral is breast itching. This is not surprising because it is a common problem and because few things are more annoying than an itch that doesn't go away.
Itching can be one of the symptoms for some conditions that definitely need a doctor's attention.
An itchy nipple especially when accompanied by a scaly rash may be Paget's Disease of the breast .
When itching is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, and skin dimpling that looks like the skin of an orange, it may be an early symptom of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
Both Paget's and IBC are rare, so that itchy breast rash is more likely to be a fungal infection, heat rash, or an allergic reaction. Encased in bras, breasts are vulnerable to skin problems, especially in the summer heat.
Allover body itching can be a symptom of other underlying health problems, so you'll want to ...
Frequently I see patients who develop rashes or hives for unclear reasons. Unfortunately when people experience hives on nearly a daily basis, finding the cause is even harder than if the patient experienced them only infrequently. Even so, it is still important to visit the doctor to have an evaluation. During the doctor visit What I usually do when a patient comes in with hives is to first ask the patient if they have been using any new soaps, detergents or beauty products. Sometimes people can develop allergies or hives from these products. We also ask about any other changes in health such as unexplained weight loss, joint pains, night sweats. We will want to know how long the hives last and what they look like. One good thing to do is to take a picture of the hives and bring in that picture to the doctor. Although food allergy is rarely a cause of almost daily hives, we also ask if there is any relationship between eating s...
Dermatitis - diaper and Candida; Candida-associated diaper dermatitis; Diaper dermatitis
The best treatment for a diaper rash is to keep the diaper area clean and dry. This will also help prevent new diaper rashes.
Always wash your hands after changing a diaper
Ask your doctor if a diaper rash cream would be helpful. Zinc oxide or petroleum jelly-based products help keep moisture away from baby's skin when applied to completely clean, dry skin
Avoid using wipes that have alcohol or perfume. They may dry out or irritate the skin more
Do NOT use corn starch on your baby's bottom. It can make a yeast diaper rash worse
Do NOT use talc (talcum powder). It can get into your baby's lungs
Change your baby's diaper often, and as soon as possible after the baby urinates or passes stool
Lay your baby on a towel without a diaper on whenever possible. The more time the baby can be kept out of a diaper, the better
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