Rash from panties

Many women have reported rashes and itching from wearing underwear made from polyester or cotton.

A 2012 study found that polyester underwear can cause skin irritation and redness. In some cases, itching is a sign of an allergic reaction to the fabric.

Skin irritation is more common in women who wear tight-fitting underwear, according to the same 2012 study.

The study also found that itching and an itchy rash were common in women who wore underwear made from rayon, which is made from a different material than polyester.

Skin reactions

Mild skin reactions such as itching are common in people with eczema. A 2012 study found that itching, redness, and tenderness were the most common symptoms of eczema.

Other skin reactions in people with eczema can include dry patches, blisters, and rashes.

Many people with eczema also experience other skin issues such as:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Dry skin

These symptoms can be caused by skin irritants like:

  • Laundry detergents
  • Personal care products
  • Air fresheners
  • Cosmetics
  • Contact with chemicals
  • Fungal infections
  • Allergies
  • Certain medications

Itchy skin from underwear

In a small 2016 study, researchers found that the combination of moisture-wicking fabrics and certain personal care products may cause skin irritation.

Researchers observed skin irritation in 50 women with eczema who had been exposed to laundry detergents and personal care products.

Washing with the detergent can dry out the skin, which can trigger skin irritation.

The study also found that the combination of moisture-wicking fabrics with certain personal care products can cause irritation.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction to something that touches the skin.

Contact dermatitis can be caused by an allergic reaction to something that touches the skin, or it can be caused by something that irritates the skin.

Contact dermatitis is common in people with eczema. It can cause red, itchy skin.

Symptoms of contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis can cause skin irritation. It can also cause skin dryness.

Symptoms of contact dermatitis include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Sensations of heat or burning
  • Pain
  • Dry, scaly skin

Contact dermatitis is more likely to appear in people with eczema who are exposed to:

  • Household products
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Skin care products

When to see a doctor?

If you’re experiencing skin irritation or itchiness, it may be time to see a doctor.

See your doctor if you’re experiencing:

  • Skin irritation that doesn’t go away
  • A rash
  • A blister
  • A scaly rash
  • A fever
  • Bleeding
  • A swollen lymph node
  • A rash that’s getting worse
  • Sudden, severe, or unexplained weight loss

See your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms of eczema:

  • Persistent itching or rash
  • Itching that doesn’t go away
  • A lump under the skin
  • Sores
  • A skin rash that appears suddenly
  • Any skin changes that are getting worse

What to do if you have an itch from underwear?

If you’re experiencing itching from underwear, there are a few things you can do to help ease the discomfort.

Before you try anything, see your doctor. Your doctor can help you figure out what’s causing your symptoms and what you can do to treat them.

Try to keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing the skin can help relieve itchiness.

Try to keep your skin as clean as possible. Wash the area as soon as you feel a reaction coming on.

If your skin is very sensitive, try to keep it moisturized and clean, and avoid using harsh detergents or skin care products.

If irritation persists, see your doctor.

Preventing itching from underwear

There are some things you can do to prevent itching from underwear.

  • Keep your underwear dry by not wearing damp, sweaty clothing.
  • Keep your underwear tucked in.
  • Use laundry detergent that’s free of fragrances and chemicals.
  • Clean your underwear as often as you can.
  • Wipe off your underwear after each use.
  • Avoid wearing underwear made from synthetic materials.
  • Use an anti-itch cream.
  • Avoid using skin care products that contain fragrances, chemicals, or dyes.

You can also try to prevent the rash from underwear from worsening:

  • Wash your underwear as soon as you feel the rash coming on.
  • Wash underpants and panties separately from other clothing.
  • Don’t wear underwear that’s too tight.
  • Dry your clothing as soon as you’re done wearing it.
  • Use moisturizing cream at the site of the rash.
  • Keep your skin clean and healthy to help prevent infections.

How to treat an itch from underwear?

If you have an itchy rash or rash, it’s important to treat the symptoms.

In most cases, the rash will clear up on its own. Here are some home treatment options.

If the rash doesn’t get better with over-the-counter (OTC) treatments, call your doctor.

OTC products

When you have an itchy rash, OTC products can help relieve your symptoms.

OTC products to try include:

  • OTC creams. These include hydrocortisone creams, creams that contain hydrocortisone, or antihistamines.
  • OTC oatmeal baths. These can help relieve itching.
  • OTC lotions. These are available in forms such as anti-itch creams, moisturizers, or oatmeal baths.

Natural remedies

Natural remedies can play a role in treating itching from underwear. They may include:

  • Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a type of natural fiber that can help soothe itching. It can also help soothe skin irritation.
  • Oatmeal baths. These can help soothe itching.
  • Oatmeal baths. This is an effective treatment for mild to moderate itching.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-itch treatment. It can also help reduce inflammation.
  • Aloe vera. Aloe vera is a natural anti-itch treatment that can help soothe itching.
  • Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an anti-itch treatment that soothes itching and inflammation. It can also help reduce pain.
  • Essential oils. Essential oils are natural anti-itch treatments. They can help soothe itching.
  • Probiotics. Probiotics can help treat an eczema rash.

You can also try to treat itching from underwear at home.


Itchy skin from underwear is common in people with eczema.

Itchy skin is caused by a combination of moisture-wicking fabrics and personal care products.

Washing with detergent or wearing moisture-wicking underwear can cause skin irritation.

Itchy skin due to laundry detergent can occur when laundry is exposed to dry air.

Itchy skin from underwear can also be caused by a combination of laundry detergent and personal care products.

Itchy skin can be caused by contact with household products and laundry detergent, or it can be caused by wearing moisture-wicking underwear.

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