Stomach fold skin irritation and odor ~ blech
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
on 5/10/10 7:51 pm - Moreno Valley, CA
I'm sure there are better solutions and I'm looking forward to some too.
on 1/31/15 10:48 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!
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!
For daily moisture control I use Baby Powder with Corn Starch. Works like a charm!!
Hope this helps.
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.
on 5/10/10 9:09 pm
on 5/10/10 9:46 pm
on 5/11/10 5:33 am - Des Moines, IA
I would try Lotrimin for the yeast. Keeping the area dry will help also.
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Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
I have had this problem also. I was afraid that someone wouldn't develop the pictures, but explained it to the people that I needed pictures for insurance as it isn't pretty!!! The doctor also wrote it up, and gave me medicine for a yeast infection. Same medicine if a person has other yeast infections. Cleared it up right away. I now have it documented in case I decide to have it fixed. Good Luck!
I can already see that I may have this problem. I have a digital camera and printer at home so I'm starting to take the pics now and will print them when the time comes. I use aloe vera from GNC, it works great for the irritation under the breasts. I haven't had the problem with my stomach yet, but I've been using this antiseptic cleanser my doctor told me about. Its called Hibicleanse. Its pretty good. Also, I'm in agreement with the powder. Only use powder containing corn starch. Talc isn't good for you. Hope this helps.
on 5/11/10 9:01 am
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It is for fungal infections which is generally what is causing the odor and itchiness. You could also probably use other antifungal powders, however when I know it's yeast I don't use anything else as I have found it will exacurbate the infection.
On a daily basis as long as there is not redness or itching, I do use deoderant (solid anti perspirant - the stuff that goes on clear) and it does seem to keep things dry.
I hope you can find some relief and hopefully in the future get the skin removed to prevent further irritation!
Her insurance ended up covering her plastic surgery/excess skin removal, because at that point, it was no longer considered "cosmetic." You may want to look into it if you think that's something you'd ever think about!
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There is a liquid soap called Hibaclens. You get it at the pharmacy in the antibiotic sprays, near band-aids and such. It's in a turquise blue bottle. Use it in the dark, damp places and it will totally stop the rashes and irritations. It's expensive, (about $10 a bottle), but it works great! I still use it 2x a week to keep those outbreaks at bay!