Post # 1
Underneath one of my arms, I noticed this slightly red, elevated area. It itches like crazy! It started a few days after shaving. I don’t know if I’m having a reaction to my deodorant (I use Secret), if I irritated it while shaving, or something else. The other arm is unaffected. Should I switch deodorant? Do I need to call my doctor? It’s been going on for a few weeks now. Any advice is appreciated :-).
Post # 3
Kinda hard to say without seeing it. It is probably razor burn, which deodorants can irritate it even more. Or not to scare you, but it could be ring worm as well which you can treat with an antifungal cream. If it starts oozing and get bloody then make an appt with a doctor. Try taking it easy with the shaving. Get a razor with a cream built in with multiple blades and use shaving cream, avoid the area that is irritated.
Post # 4
@keepsmiling19: This reminds me of what happened to me years ago. I switched to a new brand of deodorant and got a painful, raised red rash under my armpits. I tried switching back to the old brand, but I have never been able to wear normal deodorant with antiperspirant again!
I discovered that I was allergic to the aluminum in the antiperspirant. If the rash doesn’t go away within a day or so (which it should if it’s razor burn) I would highly suggest you try a natural deo. Lush Cosmetics is my fav place to get them.
Post # 5
Good thoughts, everyone, thanks! Can I get a natural deodorant at Walgreens or Target? Silly question, I’m sure, but I’m just used to grabbing my brand and going. I’ll definitely give the different razor blades and new deodorant a try!
Post # 6
@keepsmiling19: There are a couple of natural brands that you can get from the drugstore or Target. Tom’s of Maine is probably the best I’ve tried. I’ll warn you though, they do not work as well as antiperspirant, but certainly worth a try. I have tried many, many deodorants and Lush has the most effective ones for me. It’s been worth the time and money for me, since I do have such a bad allergy.
Post # 7
I have chronic yeast infections of my underarms which causes them to be itchy and when really bad super painful.
I was told to use no deodorant whatsoever. Sometimes if it’s a hot day and my skin isn’t too bad I’ll use some baby powder, but I’m not supposed to.
It’s worth it to go to a doctor. It could be an infection, and if it’s just irritation a cortisone cream can help.