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Symptoms and Treatment for Candidíase Under the Breast

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Symptoms and Treatment for Candidíase Under the Breast
Symptoms and Treatment for Candidíase Under the Breast

Breast candidiasis happens especially during breastfeeding, but it can also happen when the woman has high glucose and thyroid changes and the fungi naturally present in the skin multiply in a disorderly way causing the infection.

In this case, the affected region is under the breasts, which happens mainly when the breasts are very large and do not support their weight, forming a fold of skin that is naturally warmer and moist, forming a very favorable scenario for growth and fungal development.

This type of candidiasis in the breast is also called candidiasis intertrigo and usually occurs in obese or very overweight people.

Candidiasis under the breast

Candida under the breast

Symptoms of candidiasis in the breast

Candida under the breast manifests itself through symptoms such as:

  • Itching and redness under the breast;
  • Skin peeling;
  • There may be a bad smell;
  • The region may be covered with a whitish liquid;
  • The skin may crack.

Women who have thyroid disorders such as hypoparathyroidism, hypo adrenal, vaginitis, who have the highest blood glucose levels, and who have recently used antibiotics or corticosteroid-based ointments are at greater risk of developing candidiasis.

The diagnosis is made by the general practitioner or dermatologist when observing the symptoms that the woman presents, it is not always necessary to carry out tests to confirm the presence of Candida Albicans, being restricted to cases where the usual treatment was not enough to heal.

Which treatment is indicated

The doctor may recommend taking antifungal tablets such as Fluconazole and ointments to apply directly to the affected region based on imidazole, which should be applied 1 to 2 times a day, for up to 4 weeks. In addition, it is recommended to keep the region always dry, and it may be useful to apply mentholated talc, for example. Corn starch should not be applied because this favors the development of fungi, aggravating the situation.

You may need to avoid using synthetic bra, giving preference to cotton fabrics that absorb sweat better, sometimes you may need to change your bra more than once a day, especially on hot summer days. Wearing loose-fitting cotton blouses can also be indicated to air out the area, preventing moisture.

Food does not need to be carbohydrate-free, but it is recommended to reduce their intake, as well as sugar consumption because they favor the development of candidiasis.Thus, rice, pasta, potatoes, bread and all sources of sugar should be avoided. Check out more carbohydrate-rich foods that should be avoided during treatment.

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