Stomach fold skin irritation and odor ~ blech

on 5/10/10 12:41 pm - Villa Park, IL
Lap Band on 11/30/09 with
I have a large tummy fold (panniculus sp?) and after losing 45 lbs., I am having skin irritations and odor that I didn't notice before surgery.  I don't have any sores, just itching and body odor. 

What can I do?  I have used baby powder to try to help with the itching, but I don't think it is working well.  I shower everyday, so it's not a cleanliness issue.  Can I use deodorant?  lol

  5cc's in 10cc band
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on 5/10/10 12:51 pm - Moreno Valley, CA
When I get a rash there, I use diaper ointment.  It keeps moisture out and keeps the area dry.

I'm sure there are better solutions and I'm looking forward to some too.

on 1/31/15 2:48 pm


I came across this site merely by accident and I immediately became interested after reading your question.

Abdominal and breast fold fungus was a constant burden with me for years. I tried every medication, powder, suggestion, and trick in the book to get rid of it. Multiple daily cleansings, drying with a hair dryer, baby powder, talc, fungal powders, anti-fungal creams, antiperspirants, prescription medications, and placing terry cloth under the folds to absorb moisture to name just a few. I was at wits end and no resolve in sight!

One day I was doing some gardening and discovered some of my plants were developing some fungus. I didn't want to apply a chemical fungicide to my tomatoes, so I called my County Extension for a sure-fire natural/organic remedy. I followed the Master Gardener's recommendations and it worked wonderfully!

It got me to thinking, If this kills fungus on my plants, would it work on 'my' fungus? I tried it and got results within a few hours. The next morning I woke up with NO signs of abdominal fold fungus! I have been using this method for about 3 years now and I have only had a very few outbreaks that occurred during hot weather when I was perspiring extensively. As soon as the symptoms appeared, I used my concoction and got immediate relief.

So, you are curiously wondering what I use, right?

After each shower I dry well, saturate a half sheet of (cheap) paper towel (folded into a small square) with white vinegar. Then I wipe under each breast (flipping the pad of towel so as not to cross contaminate). The I get a fresh towel pad and wipe under one side of my abdomen; I repeat under the other side with a new towel pad.

If you are thinking, Man, she must smell like aging sour kraut!, you're wrong. Initially, yes, there is a slight vinegar smell. But by the time I finish my morning bathroom ritual the vinegar odor has mostly dissipated and just before donning my clothes, I apply a mist of body spray.

Being a bit apprehensive, I've gone as far as to ask a few close friends if they can detect the vinegar and each one of them said there is absolutely no residual vinegar smell. Essentially, the vinegar itself is 'hidden' under the fold and therefore doesn't emit an odor.

Vinegar is acidic in nature and can be effectively used to cure the fungal infection. Fortunately, most vinegars are culinary in nature and can be used safely against the fungal infection. It's natural and there are no side effects. There might be a slight amount of stinging if there is a break in the skin because of excoriation but, that can be relieved by blowing the area lightly with your hair dryer set on a low, cool setting if needed. You don't want to dry up the vinegar, just ease the sting.

I've had to, on occasion when the humidity was high, do a 'touch-up' wipe to prevent a potential fungal outbreak but, it's quick, easy, and well worth it!

You can always carry some pads with you simply by preparing a few saturated towels and placing them in a zip-loc baggie and placing them in your purse, pocket, or overnight bag.

I swear by this remedy and I ask that you at least try it. I believe you will be highly impressed with the results!



on 2/6/17 8:23 pm

Dear Fyllis...

Oh my goodness, I could KISS you!

As a 55 year old woman, living in Western Australia, in a warm and humid climate, I have suffered for YEARS, decades, from rashes and fungus and inflamed skin under the folds of my breasts and tummy and like you, I also have tried "Every trick in the book"!

I have been so diligent with cleanliness and religiously applying said creams and lotions and potions but with little relief.

Also, I "thought" that I had psoriasis on my scalp and nothing that I did, aside from cortisone treatments would work and even then, only very temporarily and would then come back with a vengeance, leaving me with thin skin. 

I hit rock bottom just recently and was having a good ol' cry because I was so fed up with nothing working.

I decided to "Google" just one more time and stumbled across this article.

Because I am constantly looking for natural remedies and having recently discovered the benefits of laundering using vinegar and baking soda (bicarb), as soon as I read your article on how you use white vinegar to heal and prevent fungal infection, I was KEEN to try. 

I immediately headed for my pantry and cut a few paper towels in half, grabbed my big bottle of vinegar and set about applying it.

Much to my surprise, it hardly stung at all, really no more than a slight tingle (which I find quite soothing).

It dries rapidly and feels refreshing.

I wasn't sure at first if it was just "wistful thinking" but I swear that I felt almost immediate results.

Then off to bed I trotted.

During the night, I could hardly sleep from the excitement of the smooth, clean feeling in the folds of my skin that previously would constantly peel and weep and often hurt so much that I couldn't sleep.

In the morning, there was obvious healing.

So much so, that I began to apply it to my scalp and other areas of my body that I "thought" was psoriasis and "voila" it also has begun to clear.

NO more flaking, itching, weeping, peeling skin!

For anyone who is concerned about "smell" from the vinegar: there is none!

As you said Fyllis, the smell dissipates very quickly.

This is the answer to years of research and trips to the Pharmacy and Doctor and prayers!

Not only has it worked and continues to work as a preventative, it is CHEAP and portable (your tip of saturating paper towel and placing in a zip lock bag) is also invaluable!

Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your story and your remedy!

I am so impressed that I joined this forum solely to respond to your article and to say "thank you"!

Warmest regards and appreciation from Western Australia!


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on 6/18/17 5:18 pm


on 5/10/10 12:53 pm
I can't really "diagnose" you since I'm not a doctor.  But...

In the past I have gotten red, odor and itching and sometimes a little skin peeling comes with it.  For me, it's a yeast infection.   I put athlete's foot creme (per my doctor) everyday until it's gone and then if it comes back.  For me it's because the area isn't getting enough dry time.  I have prevented it in areas of my body by using deodorant there, but that is not a recommendation from my doc, so I don't know if that can cause problems (though I had none), so I'd say yes to prevent (but it doesn't get rid of it for me), but again you might want to check with your doctor!  Unless it is brand new or preventative the powder doesn't work for me.  

That said, you may want to ask your doctor.  Good luck! 
on 5/10/10 1:02 pm - CA
Probably a moisture problem so if you have irritation use Desitin diaper rash cream.  Works great on the moisture problem and dries up any skin welts.

For daily moisture control I use Baby Powder with Corn Starch.  Works like a charm!!

Hope this helps.

HW 273/ PSW 253/ SW 250/ CW 211/ 1st GOAL 200/ 2nd GOAL 180
Cheryl N.
on 5/10/10 1:30 pm - Des Moines, WA

After bathing/shower, be sure to really towel dry under stomach very well,, and start drying yourself from head to bottom, not bottom to head. 

Also use anti-fungal cream. 



246 in Dec 2008 before banded 1/28/09 at 215 lbs, band crapped 9/09 at 170 lbs and struggled with it and regained to 203 revised to bypass on 8/1/11 and am very happy.


Guernica Loser
on 5/10/10 2:09 pm
To avoid the infections, I use Gold Bond.  It stops the itching, absorbs and cools the area.  I put it under each breast and under the tummy after I dry well after the shower.  With FL summers it's a necessity.  Even my thinner friends use it.  They have different formulas, so read the one that's best for you if you decide on this.  I find desetin smells too much and I don't care for the cream....To me it's still moist.  But that's just me.
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