What is Breast Fungus?
Breast Fungus also called Submammary Candiasis is a skin fungal infection in the fold under the breast and between the breasts. These are the areas that tend to accumulate moisture and are dark, optimum thriving conditions for fungus! The skin fungus feeds on the keratin, a protein in the skin, hair and nails.
Causes of Breast Fungus
Breast Fungus is caused by either mold fungus (dermatophyte) or yeast (candida). As already noted, fungus thrives in moist areas so things such as tight clothing, such as tight-fitting bras, can cause moisture to accumulate, also breastfeeding women will notice more moisture around their breasts due to leaking of breast milk. Women with larger breasts and over weight women will also notice moisture accumulation due to the folds around the breasts are less likely to have air flow. Skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis can also contribute to the existence of the condition.
Preventing Breast Fungus
It is important to consult a doctor to find out what the actual cause is, as there be an underlying medical condition. It is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothing and avoiding tight underwear or poorly designed bras and even lace bras as this can cause skin irritation. Antifungal cream or powder may help to reduce the moisture and thus heal the irritation.
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