Red armpits can also be itchy, painful, or appear as little red dots. The most common cause of red armpits is an allergic reaction to certain hygienic products or chemicals. Other irritants that cause redness in the armpit include scabies or infected hair follicles. Read below for more information on causes and treatment options.
Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Armpit Redness
- Do you have a rash?
- Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?
- Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
- Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?
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