Different Causes and Treatment for Itchy Armpits

When I design and make jewelries, focus and tireless arms are very important. A pain in right arm or the left arm can render me unproductive in what I do. This is especially true with many artists like me who work with their hands and arms.

Aside from pain in the arm, another common problem that can render our arms less productive is itchy armpits. The armpits may not be part of the arms but since they are connected, whatever pain or itchiness there is in this part can also affect the usefulness of our arms.

Having an itchy armpit can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. At times, you cannot resist scratching it even in front of other people. If your armpit is itchy, it can be caused by several factors. Its treatment largely depends on the cause. Knowing the cause can help you deal with this problem if you know the possible causes and treatments for itchiness in the armpit.

In medical terms, itching in the armpit is called pruritus. Depending on its cause, this condition may also come with other symptoms including soreness, redness, swelling and others. Although scratching of the armpit may provide temporary relief, it is not the right treatment. Doing so may even worsen the symptoms.

Treatment for pruritus can only be applied once its cause is determined. One of the common causes is lack of proper hygiene. Armpits are prone to bacterial buildup because of dirt and sweating. People who do not thoroughly clean their underarms with soap and water at least once a day are at risk of itching and even body odor.

Candida yeast infection is another cause of pruritus. Candida Albicans is a type of yeast commonly found in the body. Its overgrowth is possible in moist areas of the body such as the mouth, groin and armpit. Other associated symptoms for this type of infection include peeling, itching and red rashes.

Another causative factor for pruritus is axillary hyperhidrosis. This is a condition characterized by excessive sweating for no reason. It is a socially embarrassing condition because it causes staining in the underarm area of the clothing as well as itching and body odor.

After exposure to a hot or humid environment, a person may also develop miliaria rubra or heat rashes which cause red bumps in the armpit. Other health conditions that cause pruritus are inverse psoriasis which also comes with other symptoms like pain, itching and having a thick, scaly skin and red patches. Dermatitis is another cause, which may occur if a person is allergic to antibiotics, detergents, laundry soaps or perfumes. Other symptoms of dermatitis are redness of skin and skin lesions.

Lastly, deodorants and antiperspirants may also cause pruritus to some people. They block the sweat glands, thereby causing malaria rubra, hidradenitis suppurativa and other conditions that can cause itchiness in the armpit.

Treatment for pruritus may include proper hygiene such as thoroughly washing the underarm areas one or more times a day. Your doctor may also recommend using an antibacterial soap or oral and topical ointment for fungal infection. It is important to let your doctor first diagnose the cause before taking any treatment.