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Author Topic: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?  (Read 129 times)

Description: terrible eczema

Offline Ciel

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Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« on: January 28, 2021, 11:04:38 AM »
I have been using the same kind of deodorant for more than two years, and using this particular jar for at least two months. All of a sudden I have raging eczema under both arms that started out of nowhere about three weeks ago. I havenít been using the deodorant but itís still getting worse instead of better and the itching is making me crazy and keeping me awake.

I really want this to go away, and I want to be able to wear deodorant and not-smell-bad again. Itís just deodorant, not antiperspirant.

Can anyone relate? What did you do? Is it safe to put steroid creams in the armpits? Itís so hard to get an appointment with my doctor during lockdown-times.

Iíve tried to dry it out by dabbing with rubbing alcohol...doesnít help. Moisturizer lotion isnít helping. I feel like I just sweat it off. Help.

Offline GoingNuts

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2021, 11:31:28 AM »
This happened to me last summer, and it turned out not to be the deodorant itself, but a reaction to my own perspiration.  I used an antifungal cornstarch powder under my arms for a week or so, and it cleared up.  I got the CVS brand - not sure if you have CVS in the Canadalands.

Anyhoo, the itching just about drove me mad.  The powder was the only thing that helped. 

Hope you get some quick relief!  :grouphug:
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Offline Ciel

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2021, 12:03:16 PM »
We donít have CVS but I will look for an anti fungal powder to try here. Canít hurt to try. Thanks for the suggestion!

Offline PurpleCat

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021, 05:15:25 PM »
This happens to me almost every season.  I know have 4 different fragrance free ones that I rotate through as soon as that itch starts.  I use Goldbond medicated powder to help with the itch.  I put it on before the deodorant until I no longer itch. If you shave, watch your razor head too.

Nasty feeling.  Hope it clears very soon!

Offline Ciel

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2021, 09:03:18 PM »
I had seen good improvement using a combination of hydrocortisone and clotrimazole creams that my pharmacist recommended. So yesterday I decided to try wearing deodorant again and today itís massively flared up, red and itchy. The redness and inflammation was gone and the itching had stopped. Iím irritated that a single light application has almost set me back to square one. Iíll give it longer this time, and maybe itís time to think about trying a different deodorant.

Offline GoingNuts

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 07:30:36 AM »
How frustrating. One that I absolutely canít use is Tomís of Maine. Iím getting itchy just typing it!
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Offline Janelle205

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Re: Sudden reaction to deodorant after long-term use?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2021, 12:57:35 AM »
Ciel, I'd think about trying a new one. I have really, really mild eczema, and my two most common break out areas are my feet and my underarms.  It just looks weird to be scratching your underarms all the time.

I don't know that you are similar to me, but the weirdest stuff ended up working.  I can use vanicream deodorant and the salt crystal ones, but I don't find them to be effective to me.  The one thing that works without reaction for me is Dove Advanced Care cucumber and green tea.  Do other dove varieties work? No.  Do other brands' cucumber varieties work? Also no.

I hope that you can find your perfect product soon.  Underarm eczema massively sucks.