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What is this smell?

(10 Posts)
thelaundryfairy Tue 22-Dec-15 15:21:56

My mum is in her 60s and very slim and healthy, no health complaints. For the past few months she has noticed the skin on her ribcage smelling slightly "cheesy" - like that milky smell you notice when you walk into a home with a newborn baby. It´s not noticeable unless you literally smell her skin close up, but she can smell it herself and it bothers her. The skin doesn´t look at all different and she has switched to using unfragranced products and sensitive washing powder, which has made no difference.

Any ideas?

CMOTDibbler Tue 22-Dec-15 15:26:31

Its a yeast infection of the skin. Most commonly women get it in the crease under their breasts

thelaundryfairy Tue 22-Dec-15 16:11:10

Thanks, CMOTDibbler. Do you know how she could get rid of it?

dontpokethebear Tue 22-Dec-15 16:17:11

She could try 1% caneston cream or equivalent generic brand of she is itchy or uncomfortable. And make sure she dries under her breasts after showers etc.

thelaundryfairy Tue 22-Dec-15 16:45:33

Thanks so much! Sorry for being dim, but what is the 1% of in 1% Caneston cream?

Liberated71 Tue 22-Dec-15 17:00:48

clotrimazole - it's an anti fungal

thelaundryfairy Tue 22-Dec-15 17:08:34


GiddyGiddyGoat Sat 26-Dec-15 00:11:25


toomuchinternets Sat 26-Dec-15 07:03:31

Sudocrem will also work if it's not too bad, otherwise yes get canestan if she's itchy.

thelaundryfairy Sat 26-Dec-15 11:33:35

Thanks! There is no itch so I will advise her to use Sudocrem.

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