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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics

Question: Underarm shaving causes itchy rash


 mbyoder - Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:53 am

Every time I shave my underarms I get an itchy reddish rash, and my skin feels really dry. I've stopped using deodorants, after 3-4 days, the rash almost disappears, but when I shave, and it all starts over again. This cycle has been ocurring for the past 2 months. I have been in contact with some cement due to a remodeling and since I live in Central America my house is really humid now.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:26 pm

User avatar Hello,
Try shaving with a clean, new razor and always use a shaving cream, working up a good lather. This would be done after the area is very moist and has been in the shower for a few minutes. Hot water exposure for five minutes before shaving can help a lot. Pat the area dry afterward - don't rub. A good moisturizer without added perfume can also help.

It is possible you have extremely sensitive skin. Some people can't tolerate shaving at all. If these measures do not help, seek a dermatologist.

Best wishes.

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