The Doctors: Cornstarch Helps Fungus in Armpits?
The Doctors TV show and dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon shared three conditions in your armpit that you can’t ignore.
The first condition was a fungus, which tends to be a scaly red rash. They look like little pimples and are found in the armpits. If you have a fungus, you can try some cornstarch to dry it out, but if it’s not resolving you need to see your dermatologist for a recommendation.
The Doctors: Contact Dermatitis and Inverse Psoriasis in Armpits
Next up was contact dermatitis. Fragrances in deodorants can cause irritation and even an allergy. The condition will look red and possibly macerated or a little wet and irritated. Contact dermatitis frequently needs a prescription medication.
The final condition was inverse psoriasis which is an actual genetic disease under the arms. It also occurs in the groin and along the buttock line, and you’ll need a prescription medication to clear it up.
The Doctors: Acanthosis Nigricans
Dr. Travis Stork wanted to let the audience know about one more sign that can tell if you’re at risk for kidney failure, heart disease and even blindness. Too much insulin can cause your skin cells to overstimulate and your skin to overgrow, and you can get a hyper pigmentation, or a darkening under the armpit.
The Doctors: What Does Acanthosis Nigricans Look Like?
This can be a sign of something bad, and is also know as Acanthosis nigricans. Acanthosis nigricans can appear in the neck, armpit and groin. Dr. Jim Sears said that they look for this in kids to see if they’re at risk for developing diabetes. He said it kind of looks like elephant skin and that’s how he describes it to the kids.
Dr. Andrew Ordon said that darkening under the armpits could be from a number of things, but because Acanthosis nigricans can be serious, it’s important to get it checked out to see if that’s what you have. There is also a texture to it, and it’s not something that happens overnight. It can be a sign of thyroid issues and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, among other problems.
See pictures of Acanthosis nigricans in the video below.