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Red stuff on hair in armpit and white film on follicle
Author: ErikGuest
Post Sat May 10, 2003 8:50 am
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Red stuff on hair in armpit and white film on follicle

I noticed red stuff on my armpit hairs, even after I would take a shower and wash in that area. Also, I can see a raised irregular shape bump where the follicle is. And, out of curiosity, I pulled it out and found that from the end of the follicle and up, there is about 1cm of white hard film with a black dot at the end of the follicle.

Any ideas on what it could be?

Author: adminSite Admin
Post Sat May 10, 2003 12:39 pm
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Sorry Erik it's really not possible to reliably diagnose these things on the net - and I'm not a clinical dermatologist anyway. It may be a fungal infection of some kind - but you need to get a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist. They can exmaine, run tests, and provide treatment as appropriate.
Kevin - The management -

Author: didierGuest
Post Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:59 pm
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Re: Red stuff on hair in armpit and white film on follicle

Erik or Moderator

Your symptoms might be gone by now.

Interestingly enough, I have had similar symptoms in my armpits last year.

In my case the hair looked orange and if I looked closer, there was a thin layer of "something" stuck to the hair.

I went to the dermatologist, and he went: "AH AH !"

The orange color was the color of my shampoo (was yours red?) that had stuck to a white film of fungus happily growing in my armpit.

I was given a antigungal cream ( I can give you the name if you want, but I will have to look it up). I applied it nightly for a couple of weeks. It went away, then slowly came back. got a refill of the cream , reapplied, and it went bakc again, this time not as soon (3 months later). It came back one more time but very weakly, and I applied one more week, and it has been gone for many months now, but I am on the look out.

What was your diagnostic ?

Also I would like to find the root cause. It could be due to taking a lot of antibiotics ( I was on Lariam, to prevent Malaria during a trip), I also took anti-parasitic drugs while in South America. I also was very anxious for many many months, due to the Lariam drug, and did have lots of spontaneous sweating going on.

Do you recognize any similar situations ?

BTW I did not try pulling my hair, but I did trim it almost to the root to help the eradication.


Originally posted by ErikI noticed red stuff on my armpit hairs, even after I would take a shower and wash in that area. Also, I can see a raised irregular shape bump where the follicle is. And, out of curiosity, I pulled it out and found that from the end of the follicle and up, there is about 1cm of white hard film with a black dot at the end of the follicle.

Any ideas on what it could be?

Author: DerekGuest
Post Wed Nov 26, 2003 1:05 am
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Armpit hair fungus

I don't know what this armpit hair fungus is, but it appears to be quite rare.

It keeps reoccuring on me (about once or twice a year), and I have to shave the hair away and apply an anti-fungal cream for a few days.

Has anyone found any research on what family of fungus this is in?

Maybe someone should pluck out an affected hair and toss it into an agar plate to grow a culture of it and send it off to a lab.

Author: SaugertiesJoGuest
Post Sun Dec 14, 2003 12:37 am
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fungus on armpit hair

Please do tell me the name of the anti-fungal cream you used. The description you give sounds exactly like what I have. Please email reply to me at Thanks.

Author: emmonsokGuest
Post Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:57 pm
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me too!

I have had the the same problem for a few years now. A recurring orange (and kinda stinky) film on the hairs of my pits. I tried shaving, and I tried applying "tea tree" oil, but it still comes back from time to time. Never had to use deoderant before... but here is the thing: IT APPEARED ABOUT A MONTH AFTER I STOPPED TAKING THE ANTI-MALARIAL "CHLOROQUIN"(sic?) WHILE IN CENTRAL AMERICA. I had always just figured it was something I picked up down there (no doubt it was) , but i had never before made the medication connection.
Anyway, if anyone knows some real great treatment, email me at

Author: emmonsokGuest
Post Fri Dec 19, 2003 6:10 pm
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Trichomycosis axillaris

to the poster "didier" with the orange hair:

cause may be bacterial rather than fungal!

check out this link:

Author: didierGuest
Post Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:34 am
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fungus or bacteria

OK, the name of the antifungal cream prescribed to me was SPECTAZOLE. I do not remember the strength, but I only applied a little on both armpits for 2 weeks, prior to going to bed. If symptoms reoccur, reapply cream for another 2 weeks and keep armpit hair dry and short.

What worked best was to shorten the armpit hair (I did not shave it, since I was about to apply the cream and do not want to provoke a new irritation). Also I got rid of my roll-on stick deodorant, and went back to a spray.

I did read the article posted above and followed some links, and I will show it to my dermatologist. The antifungal cream is working for me, why ? I did read that the cause is somewhere between a fungus and a bacteria, but more like a bacteria.

Regarding anti-malarial: these tend to do 2 things: make you anxious (you sweat more) and give you intestinal colitis.

When your intestine lining is inflammed (this was my case for many months after Lariam), it becomes more permeable to yeasts, fungus and bacteria that are present in the intestine (Leaky Guts syndrome). They make their way to your bloodstream and can relocate anywhere they can survive (damp place = armpit of anxious people). BTW, your immune system can go haywire with Leaky guts, i got new allergies and some rashes.

So the source of the fungus or bacteria can be external and/or internal.

I have put one and one together to come to this point. Can the moderator shed more light.

There are people making money out there selling products to get rid of CANDIDA yeast, that women mostly complaint of, so some of the info I found might be biased.

my email is

Author: mookieNew Poster
Post Mon May 15, 2006 11:13 pm
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I got white and orange growth on my armpit hair to!

I first got my armpit growth 6 years ago when I was sick with Candida. I moved into a basement apartment that had been flooded every year since it was built. I moved in got real sick from the mold which literally was what the place was made of. I got orange growth on my armpit and other private hair. It was very imbarressing. I went to like ten doctors and specialists and they all told me they had no idea. I also got small orange bumps on my hands and feets and penny size soars all over my body. Other symptoms were dizzyness and drunk feeling. Any bread rice or grain or fruit or sugar or beer would make me feel like I was more drunk then anyone should ever be. In the end my chirprator diagonosed me with Candida and got me cream and pills because the problem had become systemic. This worked great for everything. It was the head to toe inside out medicine that cured me. however six years later I noticed the growth on my left armpit again. I thinks it time to get some cream again. Only other imporatant facts I can think of is that I got scabies a year before and had to put cream on from head to toe which I was told would kill all natural flora and fauna on my body which would never grow back. That allwasy freaked me out and made me feel like I was vulable to skin infections. Other exposers are possilbe foot and mouth and mad cow disease. Well thanks for everyones valuable info here. moo

Author: kalstaNew Poster
Post Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:10 pm
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I had symptoms very much like those described here: a lumpy, pale (whitish/yellowish) coating growing on the hair of both armpits, which would not wash off in the shower.

My doctor didn't seem to know exactly what it was, and prescribed an expensive antifungal cream. A week or so through the treatment I thought it may have reduced the infection ever-so-slightly and decided to shave off the hair and continue the treatment to give it every chance of success. As the hair grew back it seemed clear. Then a month or two later it came back as before.

Meanwhile, I had been taking a natural supplement /medicine (taken orally) called 'Olive Leaf Extract', for unrelated reasons (general health, etc.) I suspect (but don't know for sure) the stuff is doing me some good (and lots of people seem to swear by it). Anyway, it's supposed to have anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties, amongst other things, so it ocurred to me to try it on my underarms. This was easier said than done. It's a runny blackish liquid that doesn't look at all good coming through your business shirt! I decided to mix it with a cheap moisturiser cream to make it thick enough to apply.

To be honest I don't think I really expected anything to happen. However, after only a few days to a week it was obvious that something was happening.The lumpy coating on the hair was going more of an orange/reddish colour and clearly diminishing. After a couple of weeks or so it was almost completely gone! And months later, no reinfection.

The same company also puts out a cream called Olive Skin Repair, which I have not tried. If the problem does ever come back, I might try this next time -- might be less messy than my home brew.

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