Itchy breasts may not occur frequently and for most women seem trivial, but if it persists, it can be embarrassing and an uncomfortable malady. Most of the times, itching in the breast may be due to dryness of the skin, an allergic reaction due to your perfume, or the type of clothing you have worn or improper wardrobe.
At other times, the itching in the breasts may be associated with hormonal changes during pregnancy or menstruation. Lack of proper hygiene and a poor diet also causes itching breasts. Here are some of the best ways to overcome an itchy breast:
Remedies for Itchy Breast
Maintain Good Hygiene
It is recommended to take bath regularly. Take a warm shower, but limit your time in the water. Wash yourself thoroughly with unscented soap or take a cool bath with oatmeal and baking soda. After a bath, also make sure that you dry the area completely to prevent fungal and bacterial infection in the breast area.
Wash Clothes Regularly
Rinse your clothes especially your bras well. Perspiration creams and perfumes that you use dry on your bra as it touches your skin, thus augmenting the growth of bacteria and itchiness in the breast.
So, one must wash the bras after every use in warm water. Further, the detergent that you use can also cause irritation to the skin so, you must rinse clothes in mild soap.
Wear the Right Kind of Inner Wear
The size of the bra is very important. Women need to wear bras that fit well. If you wear a smaller sized bra, then there is no room for the breast skin to breathe, and if you wear a bigger bra, then the material rubs against your skin causing rashes and itchiness. Also, choose a bra with soft fabric. Cotton bras are the best. Go bra-less in the house as much as practically possible and definitely do not wear a bra while sleeping.
Use moisturizers regularly on the breast area to prevent dryness of the skin. Many moisturizing creams and lotions are available in the market. Unscented moisturizers for sensitive skin are the best.
You can try massaging with coconut oil. It not only soothes itchiness, but also helps in blood circulation. You can even try massaging with petroleum jelly or calamine lotions.
Use Medicated Creams, Lotions and Ointments
Many medicated ointments such as topical anti- itching creams consisting of methanol and other ingredients are available in the market. Using ointments with less than or equal to 1% medicinal strength is recommended. However, in extreme conditions, creams with medicinal strength of 2% may also be used.
Do not Scratch
This is easier said than done, but is essential. Scratching only makes the itching worse. Instead, press firmly with the heel of your hand on the itchy area. This will not only give relief, but will also not cause redness and damage to the skin.
If these remedies do not work and itching continues for more than a month, it is advisable that you seek a doctor. The doctor may be able to guide you with the best treatment methods as per your condition.