Hello, I know that you have done a lot of research on odor of the armpit, but I was wondering if you have any ideas on why my armpits are itchy. Ever since I was like 13 my armpits have been very itchy (and of course I itch them so they are always red and irritated). I am 23 now and still have this problem. I have tried almost every brand of deodorant I can find, a lot of the natural ones did not protect me from scent and some of them burned. When I wear deodorant it is itchy/painful but it does stop me from smelling. I have been to multiple doctors from different fields and no one knows what is going on. My most recent dermatologist took a sample of my skin under my armpit and tested it in his lab. He said that I was allergic to aluminum zirconium tetrachloride. I bought a deodorant without this and for a while the itching stopped! It was amazing my armpits went back to normal looking, but unfortunately it didn't last forever and I am having the problem again even with multiple different deodorants that do not have that ingredient. I have even tried deodorant without aluminum or zirconium with no luck. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated!!
Hi, thank you for sharing. This might indeed be due to an allergy – so it’s a good idea to get screened for multiple allergens. Another option is a disbalance of bacteria. If Staphylococcus aureus is present in high abundance, this might also cause the rash and redness. Maybe you can go without underarm cosmetics for a while, and see what it gives? It is best to consult a dermatologist if the problem persists. Best, Chris
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