Infernal Itching

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Does Size Matter?

If you are a size 12 or under, do you get heat rashes and/or conditions like jock itch frequently?

  • Yes, I do.
  • No, I don't.
  • Yes I get them, but I'm above a size 12.
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Do you have itching in or around the breast area?

  • Yes, I am itching and I have small breasts.
  • Yes, I'm itching, and I have large breasts.
  • Yes, I am itching and I have large breasts and am a plus size.
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Does Size And Build Matter?

Got an itch? How long has it been an irritant to you? Random itches are one thing, but some itch problems are not only a pain due to location and duration; being hard to reach and relieve; but some are also a pain because it's located in an embarrassing area of the body, and you wouldn't want anyone to catch you scratching that spot.

Here I was thinking that I was unique. I guess that's a pride issue, but it wasn't thought about with any pride whatsoever. I mean, who'd imagine that other people are dealing with similar types of itching on an ongoing basis? When I started researching this, I didn't think I'd find anything on it because I thought it was some fluke that I was even having any issue remotely like this. Little did I know that there's an entire series, if you will, of websites dedicated to this and more! Every aspect or idea about the cause that I could conceive of is already on a website somewhere!

So does your size matter? In this case, size is a big deal. The reason is that the bigger you are, the more of you there is to fold over. Sounds strange, but I'm not talking about natural bends in the body, like where your elbow flexes. I'm talking about excess body fat that has nowhere to go but down, folding over and causing the spare tire effect. Those folds are breeding grounds for moisture from trapped sweat. Such breeding grounds will cause discolorations in your skin, just as you might experience if a certain part of your body was soaking in water for an ongoing length of time.

The difference is, this moisture breeds bacteria because its enclosed in your flesh and there is no airflow. Bacteria can cause irritation that results in itching. How does this effect your build? If you are built close together, it will most definitely affect you. Now, I know this will sound weird, but I always was curious about some men's fascination with women who were wider built. What I mean is, women who are wider built have a gap. Women who are closer built do not.

I've noticed that some men love the idea of being able to see through the gap, while others seem to revel in the idea that everything is close and tight. Not that I understand this fascination of theirs, however, what I imagine to be true, is that women with the gap, probably seldom have itching problems from heat rashes and jock itch and the like in the nether regions, whereas, women who are closer built probably suffer from these conditions with far more regularity, due to less airflow.

Usually, this condition occurs the most frequently during the heat of the summer. However, it can also occur during the winter if you are constantly layering for the cold. Then the airflow is restricted by all the layers, and things will get conducive due to heat, moisture and lack of airflow, for a fungal situation to develop.

Thrush

When I was a teen, I would get heat rashes in the connection of the medial thigh to the pelvic region, mostly in the "underwear curve." It's a most irritating area to get a rash or fungus, because most women's underwear leg bands connect in that same area, and it can be truly irritating due to that garment rubbing on that area.

Considering that it is a fungus that develops there, fungal cream is effective in combating the problem, but you also have to ensure that there is good airflow. When you are home, you could wear long, loose fitting clothing, minus the underwear so that enough air gets through. Again, I stress, when you are at home, you can do this. Lord knows I don't want to encourage any more fashion faux pas among the masses.

When I first identified this irritation, my father called the rash/fungal condition "Thrush," something I had never heard of, and something I later doubted was real...until I researched it for this article. Turns out, there is such a thing as Thrush, but it's not related to the lower region, but to the upper. Thrush is a breast related, fungal condition that is caused by Candida Albicans, commonly known as yeast. It is also more related to breast feeding than anything else. I have no idea how my father got this tangled up and related it to the pelvic region, but this is why you've got to do your own research, and not simply listen to what any person, doctor or otherwise, is telling you. Search and find out for yourself.

What Role If Any, Does Sugar Play In This?

Finding this out has now got me wondering about how sugar intake might affect a problem like this. I already have had plenty of experience dealing with Candida related issues. I used to be one of those women that had yeast infections monthly, and tinnitus regularly for years. Then I discovered the missing link; the book that explained to me the crazy cycle of ups and downs my body was on. Dr. Sandra Cabot's book on The Liver Cleansing Diet, was the missing piece for me. It explained the effects of sugar, and the Candida Cycle your body gets on from our American diet. Her book explains that if you eat to feed your liver, which means predominantly greens and vegetables, your Candida problem will be eliminated. Once I understood the problem and adjusted my diet, some of that craziness stopped, and the yeast infections as well.

The tinnitus also slowed down considerably, but since sugar is still a factor in my dietary picture, the tinnitus is as well. But now, I'm wondering if the sugar in my diet (if one can call my eating habits a "diet") is playing a role in all of this. I realize now, that my old habits came creeping back in when I wasn't focused and paying as much attention to my diet. My body has been giving me signals like this for years, on again, off again when I adjust my diet. I'm beginning to think that this itching situation is merely another symptom signal and I need to seriously pay attention to this. My itching problem has exacerbated from the inner thigh, to the crease at the bikini line, to the crease under my breasts, and also the nipples and areola. It's gotten more irritating and more frequent, and I really need to figure out the cause, but I think I am on the right track.

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Is Dry Skin A Factor?

While considering this article, I wondered if other people were having this sort of issue and had actually written about it. I mean, honestly, who wants to tell their audience that they are itching in embarrassing places? Really. However, the blessing is, I was forced by the idea of writing this, to actually research it, something I might not have done had I not had the idea to write about it.

One of the things I wondered about was dry skin, especially concerning the breast itching. Considering that I have occasionally noticed my skin being a bit dry in that area, I have used Curel on the area, and it did sooth it and alleviate the irritation for a time. While researching this, I also found an article that talked about Curel as a reliever of this problem, but I think the references were more towards the itching being one sign of breast cancer, which is an idea I completely reject. Paget's disease was mentioned, but again, I completely reject that as well.

That was the high end potential analysis of what the cause could be. On the low end of things, dry skin was the issue raised. However, eczema was also mentioned frequently as well as psoriasis. I'm sure these are not relevant in my case, but since I did experience some relief from using the Curel, I'm thinking of testing this idea out again to see if it really is simply a dry skin problem in the areoli and nipple area.

Nothing Is Ever Simple

I think I am usually the victim of "combinationitis." It's always got to be a combination of symptoms, or variables that meld together into a woven mesh of irritants, much like inflammation is to the body. So yes, I think that dry skin is one variable. The articles also mentioned that these sort of problems are also related to menopause, and that fits too.

I already know that Candida Albicans is more than likely another major culprit, considering the fungal issues in play already in other regions and closely associated ones as well. I tried a few things to combat the fungal issue, with temporary success, like Equate antifungal cream and anti-itch cream; but as I said in the first part of this article, size and build do matter in this situation. Even one of the articles I reference below, mentions that women with more curves (I'm paraphrasing on that one) and larger breasts, tend to be subjected to these conditions more often. So, I'm out of luck in that regard as well.

However, the one thing that I found out in my research that caught me off guard, and has given me pause, is the fact that this itching can also be a precursor to type 2 diabetes. That blew my mind. So I see that I still have yet to modify my diet enough. I really have to get the sugar problem under control; and not just for me, but for my son as well, because he's a real sugar junkie, and this issue develops in men as well. They can also have the same itching in all the same areas I mentioned, even the breast area. But my real concern here is the onset of Diabetes. One of the signs is blurry vision, and I had noticed that my vision on text close to me was more blurry of late. I had chalked it up to an aging issue, but now I'm reconsidering that as well. I have to hold bottles out away from me to be able to see the text on the bottles.

So when I look at the big picture here, my diet is probably the hands down winner here in the question of causes, because the Candida Albicans is a sugar related problem and ties in to the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. I don't have all the symptoms, but I have experienced enough of them at various times to be concerned. If I am borderline on the Diabetes frontier, that means that my immune system is struggling, and that would also answer the issue of possibly dry skin. Additionally, Diabetes can cause weakening and problems for the heart. It all ties together. Like I said, nothing is ever simple. The body is an amazing machine, and it is all linked together; one thing affecting another. I think I have some serious reassessing to do and changes to make.

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