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Your Armpit Redness May Also be Known as:
Arm blushing
Arm flushing
Arm redness
Armpit blushing
Armpit flushing
Axilla blushing
Axilla flushing
Axilla redness
Flushed arm

Top 8 Armpit Redness Causes

  1. 1.Non - Specific Armpit Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    armpit redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific armpit rash:
    armpit redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Armpit cellulitis is a skin infection that needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    You should seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care within a day or two, to start antibiotic treatment and to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    armpit pain, armpit redness, swollen armpit
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    armpit redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  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:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, scrotal itch, penis itch, penile redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  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, elbow 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:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, wrist itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.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
  8. 8.Lymphangitis

    The lymphatic system is a series of vessels, similar to the veins and arteries of the circulatory system, that carry fluid important for the function of the immune system. Lymphangitis is infection or inflammation of these lymphatic vessels.

    Seek urgent care immediately. The physician will likely take sample of lymph fluid to test for the cause of inflammation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, chills, painful armpit lump, armpit redness
    Symptoms that always occur with lymphangitis:
    painful armpit lump
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Armpit Redness

  • Q.How long has your armpit been red?
  • Q.How red is your armpit?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Are you itchy all over?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our armpit redness symptom checker.

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Armpit Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced armpit redness have also experienced:

    • 50% Armpit Itch
    • 10% Armpit Pain
    • 10% Swelling of the Eye Area
  • People who have experienced armpit redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 56% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced armpit redness were most often matched with:

    • 36% Non - Specific Armpit Rash
    • 36% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Armpit
    • 26% Cellulitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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