Two types of fungus - tinea versicolor and tinea corporis commonly cause breast infections. To prevent the infection, use appropriately fitting bras that are not too tight or cutting into the skin, try to ventilate the area as often as possible, Keep the area clean with a topical disinfectant, etc. A breast fungus is common and mainly arises in women with larger breasts.
Though it may sound a bit scary, breast fungus is not quite lethal. Fungal infection on breast is a superficial infection. Therefore, it only infects the outermost layers of the skin.
A breast fungus is one of the more common types of fungal infections that mainly arises in women, especially women with larger breasts. There are two medical terms that refers to a breast fungus: Tinea mammae which is a rarely used term to describe a dermatophyte infection of the skin of the breast. The other name is Sub-mammary candidiasis which is an yeast infection under the breast.
What Causes Breast Fungus?
Two types of fungal infections that commonly involve the chest and may therefore involve the breasts include tinea versicolor and tinea corporis.
- Tinea versicolor is a yeast infection caused by a group of yeasts known as Malassezia. The two most common types of Malassezia involved in tinea versicolor are Malassezia furfur and Malassezia globosa.
- Tinea corporis is a dermatophyte infection caused by the Trichophyton species of fungi, and most commonly by Trichophyton rubrum. It is also caused by a fungus known as Microsporum canis which is spread from cats and dogs.
Breast Fungus Symptoms
The symptoms of a fungal infection on breast are similar to the symptoms of tinea versicolor and tinea corporis. Some symptoms include:
- Dry itchy skin rash
- Redness of the skin
- Cracking, peeling or flaking skin
- Patches of pink, brown or whitish scales or skin discoloration
- Tiny pustules which may be oozing
Symptoms of Fungus Infection under the Breast
- Itching under the breast
- Redness of the skin
- Tiny cuts or abrasions on the skin
- Moisture with a slightly musty and foul odor
- Darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation) over a period of time
- Peeling of the skin
- Skin colored or dark brown to black speckles when scratching
- Tiny pustules oozing a foul smelling thick fluid
Breast Fungus Prevention
- Use appropriately fitting bras that are not too tight or cutting into the skin.
- Discard all brassieres and other undergarments that are making direct contact with the infected skin as it may contain fungal spores.
- Try to ventilate the area as often as possible and use light clothing that allows air flow.
- Do not scratch the area even when itchy as it will create abrasions in the skin which can then be infected.
- Apply thick layers of petroleum jelly on the affected area at night to prevent injury from scratching during sleep.
- Keep the area clean with a topical disinfectant. Although it will not eradicate the fungus, it will help to prevent secondary bacterial infections.
- Avoid using perfumes, deodorants or scented powders on or under the breast.
Edited By: Vivek Chhetri
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See my post above. Selenium sulfide 2.5% strength is usually prescription only. But look for shampoos with that ingredient. Prescription creme is ciclopirox. But has to be used daily. But worth noting, this type of fungus can be recurring and most everyone has some type of flora/fungus on their skin. Just for some of us it can be hard to get rid of entirely we are just more prone to react to it.
But article doesn't tell you how to treat it!! Dermatologist can prescribe anti fungal topical crime. Or use selsum blue anti dandruff shampoo or a shampoo with selenium sulfide applied to affected areas of skin for 10-15 min and then rinsed off a few times a week. Tea tree oil applied in the same manner can also help. I have personal experience with tinea veriscolor. pm me for advice or questions.
Ayurveda: to get m. furfur to grow, in the lab, you cover it with oil. Lack of air makes it happy! how about tea tree or other essential oils in water?
My favorite fix is cleaning well with peppermint soap. Dry and apply coconut oil, with a drop of tea tree essential oil.
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