Everything from your sports bra to body wash could play a role. Learn what could be irritating you, and how to find relief.

A pesky mosquito bite. An allergic reaction to a new medication. There are all sorts of reasons you might need to scratch your skin and there’s not always a clear explanation. When the itch happens with your breasts, lifestyle causes may be to blame—wearing a damp sports bra, for example. Other times, the cause may be medical. “When breast skin is itchy in the context of more widespread symptoms, [it may indicate] generalized hives or eczema or psoriasis,” says Noëlle S. Sherber, M.D., F.A.A.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Washington, DC.

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