Can Yeast Infection Occur On Armpits? Symptoms, Causes And Prevention Tips You Should Know

Armpit yeast infection could affect your lifestyle and health in several ways, here are some tips for help.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: May 11, 2022Updated at: May 11, 2022
Can Yeast Infection Occur On Armpits? Symptoms, Causes And Prevention Tips You Should Know

Most of the people might have this assumption that yeast infection can only happen below. Yeast infections is actually a serious problem that could be very discomforting and irritating. It usually starts with itching in the armpits and then it could go up to severe infection that also contains pus and moisturized feeling. This condition of armpits is known as armpit yeast infection, also called as Candidiasis. This is a fungal infection that could possibly have several health hazards and could affect your lifestyle. Today we will discuss about armpit yeast infection in further detail. 

What is Armpit Yeast Infection? 

Yeast infections are of several types and depending on the individual, it could affect their health status. Yeast infection on the skin might cause irritation, itching and redness on the armpits which might develop into overgrowth. It can also dig beneath the surface of the skin and therefore could affect your health. We spoke with Dr. Arun Mehta, Senior Dermatologist, BNK Hospital, Bangalore to know about these infections and problems. He said that any type of yeast infection can only occur when there are damp or moist surfaces on the body. If you wear wet clothes, especially tight ones, then it increases your chances of getting yeast infection.  


Armpits could probably be a very common place of getting infections, especially in the summers because of sweat. The sweat glands make you sweat in underarms because of which your shirt/ top might become wet and it remains like that until you change or bath. 

Symptoms of Armpit Yeast Infection 

One of the most common symptoms of yeast infection on the armpits is red rashes or skin folds in the area. The rashes can actually cause a burning sensation in the armpits. Check out these symptoms of armpit yeast infection- 

  • Bright red rashes on the skin folds 
  • Rashes that tend to become itchy 
  • Burning sensation in armpits 
  • Pimple like spots on the skin 
  • Scaling and swelling 

Armpit yeast infection do not normally cause any particular smell or odor. Yeast infection is happening because of skin infection that is called as intertrigo. At most you might notice a musky smell. Intertrigo is a common type of inflammation that results in moisture due to rubbing of skin folds. 

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What Causes Armpit Yeast Infection? 

A yeast infection which is quite commonly known as candida is the culprit behind the yeast infection. Candida grows and thrive most in the warm and moist environments. This temperature is quite soothing for fungal infections to rise. It could even be affected because of the following reasons- 

  • Poor hygiene 
  • Infrequent undergarment changes 
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis or intertrigo 
  • Tight clothing 
  • Hot and humid climate 


Risk Factors that Influence Yeast Infection in Armpits 

  • If you are pregnant 
  • Because of being overweight or obese 
  • Taking some kind of antibiotics that kill bacteria  
  • Receiving cancer treatment, specifically chemotherapy 

Yeast infections are actually more common in people that have a weakened immune system. This could also be affected because of conditions such as HIV/AIDS. Diabetes could also trigger or increase the risk of this conditions in some of the cases. Due to use of medications, they suppress your immune system. 

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How can you Prevent Armpit Yeast Infection? 

Doctor gives some tips that you can follow in order to keep the yeast infection affecting your armpits away. You can use drying powders and topical antiperspirants to prevent yeast infections.  

  1. Reduce your weight and keep symptoms of diabetes in check 
  2. Wash your undergarments regularly and always wear fresh clothes 
  3. Maintain proper blood sugar levels that could aid in controlling the hypertension 
  4. Yeast infection in armpits should be checked by dermatologist regularly 
  5. Do not scratch your armpits or use any harsh anti-perspirant on your body 
  6. Take a bath after coming your body or armpits have been full of sweat, clean armpits properly with dry towel to avoid moisture.

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