By Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail. When Jennifer Cordts first spotted a rash on her breast in earlyshe thought it might be sunburn or irritation from her bra. She never expected to hear the words: terminal breast cancer.
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A rash under your breast or breasts, between the folds of skin is usually caused by a skin condition called intertrigo. It is a very common condition that can occur throughout life. What causes a rash under the breast?
Inflammatory breast cancer is an an aggressive and fast growing breast cancer in which cancer cells infiltrate the skin and lymph vessels of the breast. The breast typically becomes red, swollen, and warm. The skin may appear pitted like an orange peel, and nipple changes such as inversion, flattening, or dimpling may occur. Most oncologists recommend both local treatment of the affected breast and systemic treatment whole body treatmentwhich may include chemotherapy.
The rashes listed above are not associated specifically with the breasts—they can appear virtually anywhere on the body, including the breasts. Viral conditions such as measleschickenpox or shingles could also produce rashes in the breast area. As with the conditions listed above, they are not due to a specific disorder of the breasts.
Because these problems are much more common than IBC, your doctor might suspect infection at first as a cause and treat you with antibiotics. The possibility of IBC should be considered more strongly if you have these symptoms and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, or have been through menopause. IBC grows and spreads quickly, so the cancer may have already spread to nearby lymph nodes by the time symptoms are noticed.
Irritated, red, and itchy skin from a rash is a nuisance anywhere on the body. However, for women, rashes between the breasts can be especially so. From infections to the result of excess heat, there are many reasons why a woman may experience a rash between her breasts.
Breast cancer is the uncontrollable growth of malignant cells in the breasts. The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown, but some women have a higher risk than others. This includes women with a personal or family history of breast cancer and women with certain gene mutations.
It can also appear as a small ulcer or dry, red, flaky patches of skin similar to psoriasis. If you're experiencing itchiness, burning or bleeding but the nipple looks normal and isn't red, dry or scaly — this is extremely unlikely to be Paget's disease but should still be checked by a doctor. The majority of people with a lump will have invasive breast cancer, although this does not necessarily mean it has spread.
Intertrigo in-tur-TRY-go is inflammation caused by skin-to-skin friction, most often in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the groin, between folds of skin on the abdomen, under the breasts, under the arms or between toes. The affected skin may be sensitive or painful, and severe cases can result in oozing sores, cracked skin or bleeding. Intertrigo usually clears up if you find a way to keep the affected areas as clean and dry as possible.