Oh, this is all such WONDERFUL advice -- I'm so very grateful to you all!
Yes, I DO think the TTO irritated it! I was using a 3 to 1 ration of olive oil to TTO, and I think that was too "strong" for my skin (I've got pretty sensitive skin).
Yesterday I bought a natural alternative to cortizone, called Florazone (I think?) and it already seems to be helping with the inflammation and itching under my arms (which got REALLY ugly in the last 2 weeks).
I have not begun a systemic yeast cleanse yet. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do, since everything I've read says that skin yeast is only treated topically.
I have cut out sugar and simple carbs, and I am eating yogurt (no sugar or fruit). I haven't worn deodorant in over a month.
And ugh, really, a new towel every day?? Oh my gosh. So, the candida can live in a towel??
And TTO in the wash will deter the yeasties, yes?
And I'll bet I'd LOVE the coconut oil in my pits.
Wish it weren't so expensive!
I am definitely and absolutely not going to take the prescription med, and I am still happily nursing my daughter every morning.
As for bras, I have been wearing mostly cotton camis (with shelf bras) because it's easier to apply the creme several times a day without having to take my shirt off (fortunately it's been warm this week). I just wear a sweater over it if I'm chilly.
I've also been doing a raw apple cider vinegar compress each evening after my shower.
I will try some cornstarch to stay extra dry under there.
And...stop shaving?? Ohhhhh that one really stretches me!
But I know you're right.
Thank you all again, so very much!!