Breast Rash: Causes Symptoms and Treatment

How to Reduce Breast Rash

Just like other skin rashes, breast rash is characterised by eruptions redness and inflammation under your breast. However this condition may be a sign of some underlying disease condition that only affects breast. To know when to see your doctor. In case you develop breast rash, read our article till end.How to Reduce Breast Rash

What Is Breast Rash?

Breast Rash may be defined as redness, inflammation, discoloration or eruption of skin under or around the breast. In case you develop breast rash it is very important to determine the cause related to this skin condition as it may be a sign of more serious breast disease such as breast cancer.

What Are The Possible Causes of Breast Rash?

The most common causes of breast rash includes eczema, dermatitis, heat Rash, yeast infection, poison Ivy, hives, psoriasis, scabbies, seborrhoea and other kinds of allergic reaction. The cause of breast rash discussed above can also affect other parts of the body and can appear anywhere on the body including the breast.

Conditions such as chickenpox and measles may also cause rash around breast area. However, in this condition rashes not due to a specific breast disorder.

Many breastfeeding feeding females suffer from eczema or dermatitis as nipples get irritated by tight clothing, trapped moisture and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mothers may also suffer from mastitis which is painful swelling of the breast due to the infection that occurs when the milk is built inside the breast due to clogged duct. Mastitis results into swelling of the breast pain, red skin, increased blood flow, fever, headache nipple discharge and flu like symptoms and breast Rash.

Other causes of breast rash includes breast abscess, mammary duct ectasia, inflammatory breast cancer and Piaget’s disease of breast.

How is Breast Rash Treated

The treatment of common breast rash includes avoiding cosmetic that can produce an allergic reaction. In addition, avoid particular types of clothing material that causes friction. In most of the cases,  topical ointment may be prescribed to treat breast Rash. If you are a lactating mother better consult a lactation specialist. If breast rashes is due to some viral infection antiviral medications, pain relievers and bed rest is recommended. If breast rash is due to specific breast condition, the treatment depends upon the diagnostic disease.

Home Remedies for Breast Rash

Common breast rash can be treated with simple home remedies.

Honey –

Honey is a natural humectant that soothes soreness, redness and itching. It is anti fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial.



Apply honey to the affected part using the cotton pad. Leave it to dry and then rinse it off with cool water. Repeat this 2 times in a day.


Oatmeal calms and soothe irritated skin and keep the skin moisturized.



To a tablespoon oatmeal powder add a teaspoon of yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey. Mix well to make a paste and apply it to the affected area. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It alleviates redness and inflammation and heals rash. Apply coconut oil to the affected parts everyday before sleeping.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Aloe vera

Aloe vera has cooling property. Apply freshly extracted aloe vera gel to breast rash to heal breast rash fast.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera


How to Prevent Breast Rash?

To prevent breast rash it is better to expose your breast to the air at least two times in a day for 20 minutes so that your breast could breathe. After taking a bath make sure, your breast is dry before wearing your bra and clothes. Wear bra that offers good support and is comfortable. Refrain yourself from using harsh cosmetics. Make sure to wipe under your breast after exercising. Wear cotton bra. Apply baby powder or other herbal powders under the breast during humid and hot climate. Always wear properly washed and dry bra.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.