A breast rash describes redness and irritation of the skin on your breast. A breast rash can also be itchy, scaly, painful or blistered.
Other terms used to describe a breast rash include dermatitis and hives.
Most breast rashes have the same causes as rashes occurring elsewhere on the body. Some rashes occur only on the breast.
Causes of rash that occur only on the breast may include:
General causes of rash that can affect any part of the body, including the breast, include:
A breast rash has many potential causes. Common causes include breast dermatitis and mastitis, an infection usually associated with breast-feeding. Rarely, a breast rash can be a sign of breast cancer, such as Paget's disease of the breast or inflammatory breast cancer.
A breast rash is rarely an emergency. But make an appointment with your doctor if your breast rash doesn't respond to self-care, or if it's accompanied by:
In the meantime, you may find some relief from your breast rash with these measures: