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Red, large, burning rash underarms in summer. History of shaved underarms. Suggestions?

I am a 58 year old woman, living in Southern California, no children, no pets, over-weight, non-smoker, very little alchol, moderate coffee drinker. 2 summers ago I shaved under my arms and got what I thought was a razor burn. However, the rash got larger, redder and burned so bad I could not put anything on it. Eventually I was able to use some Neosporin anti-biotic onintment. Eventually when the weather got cooler it faded away. Then last August 2012, we had a unusally hot and HUMID summer and again I started getting the same red rash under my arms. It is now 9 months later and the rash is still there. Sometimes it becomes less red, but everything seems to irritate the area. Right now the area has increased in size, is very red, burns and seems to ooze when hot. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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From the description it seems, you could be having intertrigo. Certain areas of body like underarms, anal area, groins, inframammary area are prone to have such involvement due to trapped sweat, moisture and friction.
To treat the same
Wear loose cotton clothes
Keep the area well ventilated
Use a mild steroid antifungal combination cream twice in a day. You may also mix hydrocortisone and clotrimazole in equal quantities and apply
Dry the area properly after bathing and dust it with antifungal powder to prevent further recurrence
Avoid use of deodorants, depilatory creams and shaving till lesion subside. Once the lesion has subsided keep the area hair free.
To alleviate itch, use oral antihistamine tablet.
Hope that answers your query.
Take care
Answered: Thu, 13 Jun 2013
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