5 Reasons for Itchy Underarms

Just like pain in right arm or left arm, itchy armpits are also a very common complaint among many people from all walks of life. Although I have not experienced having a serious itchy underarm problem before, I assume that the itchiness can be irresistible to scratch; otherwise, people will not scratch their armpits in public as though no one sees them. It’s gross! Since this problem affects anyone including musicians, I thought it would be good to have an in-depth look at the causes and remedies for itchy underarms.

An itching underarm is medically called pruritus. This irritating and discomforting problem can affect both men and women. The itchiness as well as other symptoms associated with it may vary depending on its underlying cause. In most cases, the itching comes with soreness, redness, swelling and even scarring. Scratching can only give temporary relief. A more permanent solution involves identifying the underlying cause and treating it.

  1. Lack of Personal Hygiene

Even if it is constantly covered, the armpit is still exposed to grease, dirt, sweat and other body secretions that must be cleaned and washed off. For people who do not bath regularly or at least wash their armpits, bacteria can easily multiply, causing itchiness and other symptoms. There is no other remedy for lack of personal hygiene than to practice regular bathing using body wash and antiseptic soap and to ensure that your armpit is properly washed.

  1. Candida Infection

Candida is a common cause of various skin infections including underarm itchiness. Moist parts of the body which includes the groin and the armpits are more prone to fungal overgrowth. Aside from that, candida also thrives if a person frequently wears tight clothing or is constantly in a humid environment. In most cases, candida infection can be resolved by wearing loose clothing and using topical or oral antifungal medications such as Polyene and clotrimazole.

  1. Excessive Sweating

People who sweat excessively are also more likely to have itchy armpits. If the armpit is constantly moist and damp, it becomes a perfect environment for bacterial growth which will eventually cause irritation and itchiness. Excessive sweating is common among obese individuals, those who are on certain medications, and those who are active in physical activities. If the sweating is caused by systemic or hormonal factors, certain medications can help manage the sweating. For excessive sweating caused by other factors, the use of antiperspirant and specially formulated soap may also help.

  1. Reaction to Deodorant and Antiperspirant

Some people experience itching in the underarm as a reaction to a particular brand of antiperspirant or deodorant they are using. Find the brand that is more suitable for you by trying out other products with milder ingredients.

  1. Inverse Psoriasis

This condition commonly affects obese individuals who have deep and thick skin folds where lesions can develop. There is wide range of treatment options for this condition, including the use of low-dose steroids, topical medications, phototherapy and systemic therapy among others.

Although most cases of itchy armpit will just go away on its own with home remedies, if your condition does not show any improvement for two weeks or more, see your doctor to identify the underlying cause of the itchiness and treat the problem.

Home Remedies for Ordinary Back Pain

Back pain is a pretty common problem that affects many people including myself. I often have back pain after sitting down for a long time without a back support or when I am doing activities that require bending. Back pain varies not only in severity but also in the area affected such as left or right side back pain, lower left back pain, upper back pain and others. Generally, the pain manifests as an ache, stiffness or tension in the back which can range from mild to severe.

Most cases of back pain are just ordinary pain triggered by bad posture such as when bending, lifting object, standing or even sitting in the wrong and awkward position. Although not serious, the pain may cause too much discomfort especially when sleeping or doing ordinary routines. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the doctor to alleviate your condition since the pain normally goes away on its own after several days. Home remedies can also help for faster relief.

Below are some of the remedies for ordinary back pain which can help in your fast recovery. I can attest to the effectivity of some of these remedies as I have already tried them before.

1. Over-the-counter medications

If the pain becomes irritating and uncomfortable, you could try over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen. However, if you are pregnant, painkillers may not be the best option for you. Additionally, don’t take more than 4 grams of pain reliever in one day as it could injure your liver.

2. Heat therapy or cold therapy

Heat therapy is especially effective for back spasms. It can be done by bathing in a hot tub or by using a heat wrap that can stay warm for at least four hours. If it does not work for you, try the opposite of heat therapy, which is using an ice pack on the affected area. Cold therapy works better for me.

3. Massage

For people suffering from a long period of back pain, massage can be beneficial for reducing the pain. You could request somebody to massage the affected area using a massage oil containing menthol for more comfort.

4. Rest

Resting does not necessarily mean simply lying or sitting down doing nothing. Resting means that you have to stop doing strenuous activities that can worsen your condition such as bending, pushing or lifting heavy objects. While resting, you could also do some exercises to strengthen your back. You could ask or research online of the types of exercises suitable for people with back pain.

5. Observe proper posture

To prevent your condition from worsening, observe proper posture whenever you lie, stand, sit or lift. Also avoid putting too much pressure on your back whenever you have to do your daily routine.

While these home remedies can help you deal with the pain, you should seek medical attention if your condition does not show any signs of improvement, when pain is already unbearable, or when you experience other symptoms such as weight loss, swelling, fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, difficulty in urination or worsening pain at night, among others.