Thursday, January 31, 2013

Five Captivating Cures for an Under Breast Yeast Infection

Yeast infections and rashes under the breast are common among women.  Many websites discuss hygiene as a key culprit for why so many women suffer from under breast yeast infections.  True--of course, infections and hygiene go hand in hand.  However, this type of infection can happen to people who shower frequently and exhibit what most of us would consider “good hygiene”.

Part of the reason is because the folds under the breast are often subject to a lack of oxygen and circulated air.  Certain types of fabric found in dress clothes--such as rayon—reduce the airflow even further.

Folds in skin also accumulate sweat making the area under breasts warm and moist.  As most of us remember from high school science class, this is a great environment for bacteria and other microorganisms to grow.

So, if you have good hygiene but still got a yeast infection or rash under your breasts, don’t beat yourself up.  These things happen to women, particularly those with large breasts.

Several home remedies used to treat yeast infections under breasts include:

Goldenseal.  Goldenseal has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.  It has a mild fragrance and typically a gentle effect when applied topically to the skin.  Due to over-harvesting, goldenseal has become more rare.  If you purchase it, be sure the source is farmed and not wild. 

Garlic.  In talking about a natural remedy, garlic always seems to come up.  A great gift to mankind for it’s fabulous flavor and healing potential.  Garlic oil fights harmful bacteria and fungus on the skin and in the digestive system. 

Apple cider vinegar.  Whether in the shower or the bath, make sure some apple cider vinegar comes in contact with the rash under your breasts.  I like to either pour it in my bath water, or pour some in my body wash.  Many dispute as to why apple cider vinegar is effective in combating yeast, but it is thought that the success has something to do with malic acid found in organic apple cider vinegar.

Tea tree oil.  For a particularly stubborn yeast infection under your breasts, tea tree oil works great.  It has a very powerful anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent known as terpinen-4-ol.  I like to add six drops to about two ounces of olive oil (which is rich in vitamin E, a great thing to use on a skin rash) and use as a topical treatment.

Calendula.  Calendula has been used for centuries to treat skin ailments.  It has a positive effect on sunburn, and eczema.  One reason many have had success with it in curing rashes under the breast is because it has anti-fungal properties.  It also works wonders for alleviating pain on inflamed skin.  Calendula would be a great remedy to use if you are concerned about your fragrance as calendula creams and gels are virtually odorless.

I have found a blend of these remedies to be most helpful.  If you were only going to choose one, I would say opt for the tea tree oil remedy.  Before using this or any home remedy, please consult your physician.