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Your Armpit Itch May Also be Known as:
Armpit is itchy
Armpit scratchiness
Armpit scratching
Armpit scratchy
Axilla itchiness
Axilla itching
Axilla itchy

Top 6 Armpit Itch Causes

  1. 1.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Armpit

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    armpit redness, armpit itch
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the armpit:
    armpit redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.

    You can take take care of this at home by using a topical antibacterial or benzoyl peroxide. Also, reduce exposures to irritants like shaving, contaminated water, and other chemicals.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, armpit itch, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small armpit lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    You and those you have been in contact with should visit a primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made. Treatment with medical creams will kill the mites and their eggs. Please limit contact with other persons during this time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, scrotal itch, penis itch, penile redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    You and those you have been in contact with should visit a primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made. Treatment with medical creams will kill the mites and their eggs. Please limit contact with other persons during this time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    You and those you have been in contact with should visit a primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made. Treatment with medical creams will kill the mites and their eggs. Please limit contact with other persons during this time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, wrist itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    You and those you have been in contact with should visit a primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made. Treatment with medical creams will kill the mites and their eggs. Please limit contact with other persons during this time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penile redness, penis itch, groin itch, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Armpit Itch

  • Q.How badly is your armpit itching?
  • Q.How long ago did your armpit first start to itch?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Are you itchy all over?

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Armpit Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced armpit itch have also experienced:

    • 21% Skin Changes on Armpit
    • 9% Armpit Redness
    • 5% Anal Itching
  • People who have experienced armpit itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced armpit itch were most often matched with:

    • 26% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Armpit
    • 2% Folliculitis
    • 1% Scabies

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