Rashes can completely ruin your day. They can be itchy, painful, and quite unpleasant. Luckily, many rashes can be treated at home and will go away without medical intervention. So, what is the best way to get rid of common rashes? Here are some tips and tricks to get your skin rash-free.
Most importantly, make sure to leave it alone. No scratching, no touching and only use soap and water when necessary. It is also important to let it breathe by not covering the rash with clothing or bandages.1 Also, keep in mind that some rashes may be contagious, so try not to expose the area to other people.1
One of the worst parts about a rash is the itching. If you scratch the rash, it will only get worse. Here are a few tips to try to relieve the itch without the scratch:
- Cotton clothes are a must, as synthetic fabrics can be irritating.1
- Try to stay cool and avoid the sun. Any heat will irritate the rash even more.1
- Try an oatmeal bath! Simply grind up some unflavored oatmeal into a powder like substance and add it to your bath. There are also products you can buy at the store if you don’t feel like grinding up oatmeal.1
- Do not use any soaps or washes that may be irritating to your skin. This can include products for acne, as many seem to have a drying effect on the skin. It can also include laundry detergents that are too strong.1
- Manage your stress. Believe it or not, stress can actually make rashes worse. Take some time to relax each day and it may improve your condition.1
- Keep your skin moisturized. Dry skin can definitely lead to itchier and more irritated skin.1
There are also a few over the counter medications that can help you battle that pesky rash. Calamine lotion, hydrocortisone creams, and oral antihistamines may all reduce the itch you are experiencing.1
If you do have a rash, it is very important that you consult with your doctor if you have any other symptoms including signs of infection, feeling sick, or a fever. If it has been over two weeks and you are still trying to battle the rash, definitely call your doctor. They will be able to diagnose and get rid of the rash for good.1
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1 – Information from WebMD