How Do I Treat an Armpit Yeast Infection?

The fungus that causes yeast infections likes moist, dark areas like armpits.
Antihistamines may be taken to alleviate itching associated with an armpit yeast infection.
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  • Last Modified Date: 14 August 2014
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An armpit yeast infection develops because of a fungus called Candida albicans and causes inflammation, burning, and itching on the sensitive underarm skin as well as a reddish rash. To treat an armpit yeast infection, you can use an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream or lotion that contains an active ingredient called clotrimazole or miconazole. If this fails to work, you can ask a doctor for a prescription-strength antifungal medication. In addition, you can use an antihistamine to help relieve discomfort and employ hygienic changes to hasten healing and prevent recurrences.

Often, antifungal creams are used in the treatment of armpit yeast infections. These are the same types of creams you could use if you had a yeast infection of the vagina or in the external genital area, such as occurs with jock itch. Typically, these creams either contain the active ingredient clotrimazole or miconazole. If you choose to use this type of medication, you may need to apply the cream to your clean, dry underarms a couple of times per day. In most cases, however, you cannot expect immediate symptom relief, as the fungus may take a week or so to resolve, depending on its severity and the strength of the medication you choose.

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When you want to treat an armpit yeast infection, you may feel concerned with more than just making the infection go away — relieving the discomfort you feel may prove a top priority as well. In such a case, you might consider taking antihistamines to relieve the itching and irritation. These medications can be purchased OTC and are usually labeled for relieving mild-to-moderate allergy symptoms, including itching. Eventually, the antifungal cream you use to treat this type of infection should provide some relief from discomfort, but antihistamines can help in the meantime.

You can also make some hygienic changes in an effort to treat an armpit yeast infection. This is because the fungus that causes yeast infections thrives in moist, dark areas, including the folds of the skin under your arms. To help treat this infection and prevent future issues, you may do well to clean the area once a day with a mild cleanser and then pat it dry. You can then use an antifungal powder to encourage the area to stay dry. If you sweat a good deal during the day, you may need to wash the area and dry it more than once per day to help deprive the fungus of the moisture it needs.

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anon333780
Post 4

Yes, they can. I am currently suffering from one under both armpits as I type. It has been a little over a week, with some relief from some OTC treatments and I attest to the fact that this is a very stubborn infection to get rid of. I have read a lot of good advice here, and now believe there is hope that this will heal soon with patience and consistency. This infection has truly bought me to tears on more than one occasion, as I also did not know this type of yeast infection could occur.

burcidi
Post 3

I just found out that my dog has armpit yeast infection. The vet gave him a special body wash with antifungal medication and he has to bathe in every couple of days. He said if this doesn't work, he can give a topical ointment as well.

ZipLine
Post 2

@turkay1-- Oh yea, yeast infections can happen anywhere on the body where they find a suitable environment. The underarms tend to stay moist and warm, so it's a great place for fungi to grow. A yeast infection can also spread from one part of the body to another.

I had a fungal infection start out from underarms and it spread down to my stomach. It was a really stubborn infection and the antifungal topical creams weren't enough. I had to take oral antifungal medications in addition to the cream. It took a month of treatment to get rid of the infection. I also had to wipe my underarms constantly and keep changing shirts and bed sheets to prevent it from spreading.

Yeast infections can be hard to get rid of, and it's especially hard when it happens on the armpits that are hard to keep dry and clean.

candyquilt
Post 1

Yeast infections can happen on the armpits?! I had no idea that was possible.

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