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Do You Have Fungal Infection on Your Breasts? These Symptoms Might Tell You

The area under the breast is significantly prone to fungal infections in women for a number of reasons that makes this region ideal for fungi to thrive. Most fungal skin infections persist without medical treatment, therefore, it has to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. The infection can spread to eventually affect the top of the breast and even the cleavage. One of the consequences of a long-term fungal skin infection is a dark discolouration of the skin which can be unsightly. But no infection, illness or disease comes without its due amount of signs and symptoms. And so, it is important that you stay on the lookout for something of this sort brewing near your precious organs. To help you understand it a bit more we have made a list of the symptoms and causes you are likely to see in the event of a breast fungal infection.

Causes

1. Mastitis

It is an infection of the breast that‘s common to women who are breastfeeding, although women who aren’t breastfeeding can get it as well. Small cracks in the nipple can be an entry point for bacteria. If left untreated, mastitis can form painful pus-filled abscesses and hence it becomes important that you take care of them as soon as possible.

2. Eczema

Patches of inflamed red or reddish-grey skin that itch severely is a sign of eczema or atopic dermatitis. It can develop small, fluid-filled bumps that ooze and crust over. As a result, your skin can dry out and be prone to irritation and itching. As such, there is no particular cure for this condition but it can be controlled by properly moisturising your skin.

3. Candidiasis

Candida yeasts thrive in the moist and warm environment under the breasts. They cause a rash that often develops uncomfortable blisters and small cracks. Like many other rashes, candidiasis can be very itchy. Generally, it is recommended that you use an antifungal cream as a treatment for this type of problem.

4. Hyperhidrosis

This is a condition in which your body’s sweat glands produce more sweat than is needed to cool the body. All that perspiration is a welcome mat for germs that cause infections. Though the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it is generally seen to run in the family.

Symptoms

There are various symptoms associated with this type of a condition. These symptoms are mentioned below. 

1. Burning or itching of the breast and surrounding skin, especially in the fold below the breast

2. Peeling or cracking skin

3. Red rash on the skin

4. Discoloration of the skin

5. Shooting pain in one or both of the breasts

6. Pain after nursing your baby that might linger after the feed

7. A red/shiny areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple)

8. Flaky or cracked nipples

9. Musty odour beneath the breast

10. Clear thin discharge from the breast

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