If you're wondering if you have yeast infection in your breasts, there's a major sign you should be on the lookout for: A strange smell. Do your breasts smell like beer? Or maybe you notice that your breasts smell like yeast? You're probably not imagining things.
Yes, your bra seems like an unlikely spot for a yeast Infection. Breasts don't have a lot in common with vaginas, after all. Strangely, the way you might realize you have a problem is if you noticed a strange smell — like bread or beer — coming from the skin on and around your breasts. Seems odd, we know — but if you've wondered about the burning question, "Why do my breasts smell like beer?" you're certainly not alone.
Why do my breasts smell?
"Last week when I took off my bra, I noticed a faint beer-like smell wafting up from my breasts. I took a shower and forgot about it, but I keep catching hints of the smell when I undress at the end of the day. Sweat seems to make it worse. What’s going on?" a reader wrote us to ask — and the question seems to be a common one.
The answer: It sounds like you may have yeast infection on, between, or under your breasts. A stale beer-like or vinegary odor coming from the breasts is a telltale sign of yeast overgrowth on the skin. The problem, which can also cause itching or peeling, is more common in the summer: High temperatures make the undersides of the breasts warm and damp, which creates an ideal environment for yeast growth.
What is yeast infection breasts?
Yeast infections of the skin, also called cutaneous candida, often occur under the breasts as well as other areas of the body. Yeast normally lives on skin tissue and grows readily in moist, warm environments. Skin beneath the breasts is the perfect host for yeast overgrowth if perspiration or other moisture is allowed to remain on the breast folds, which are difficult to clean and keep dry. Therefore, both men and women with large breasts or who are overweight are more at risk for yeast infections under the breasts. People with conditions like diabetes, or who take medications including antibiotics, corticosteroids, and some birth control pills, are also more at risk.
Cleansing beneath the breasts and drying skin thoroughly may help decrease the risk of yeast growth.
Yeast Infection Breasts Natural Remedies
The good news is, there’s a simple natural remedy: grapefruit-seed extract. It contains flavonoids with potent anti fungal properties. Simply mix three drops of the extract with1 oz. of water and use a cotton ball to apply the solution to your breasts twice a day for one week. (One to try: NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract). You should notice an improvement after two days.
Once the infection is cured, we suggest dusting your breasts and bra with sweat-wicking cornstarch or applying antiperspirant to the undersides of your breasts as needed throughout the day to keep the area dry and discourage future problems.
Medline Plus, a division of the National Institutes of Health, recommends using antifungal powder beneath the breasts, if appropriate, to control moisture and inhibit yeast growth. Women may find wearing a cotton bra helpful, as cotton allows for better air circulation and drying of skin.