Easy Home Remedies for Rashes
Easy Home Remedies for Rashes

Rashes can be maddeningly itchy, no matter what the cause.

Doctors are likely to prescribe creams, lotions, or antihistamines for relief. They may also suggest cold compresses or other home remedies.

We all know not to scratch. That only makes it worse and may cause infection. Here are some relief measures to try, along with information about why they might work.

Cold compress

One of the fastest and easiest ways to stop the pain and itch of a rash is to apply cold. Whether you choose a cold compress, cool showers, or damp cloth, cold water can bring immediate relief and can help stop swelling, ease itching, and slow the progression of a rash.

Consider making or purchasing fabric bags stuffed with ice. They freeze well, and they can be heated for other uses.

How to use it

  • Fill an ice bag or plastic bag with ice or dampen a cloth with cold water.
  • Place a cloth over your skin (never place ice directly on your skin).
  • Hold on your skin until itching or pain subsides.
  • Repeat as needed.

How it works

Cold limits blood flow to an inflamed area. When you apply ice or cold water to a rash, it can help reduce swelling and inflammation and can stop itching almost immediately. For rashes that cover more of the body or that affect an area that is difficult to cover with an ice pack, a cool bath or shower may provide relief.

Oatmeal bath

Oats (avena sativa) have been used for centuries to treat many skin conditions, from eczema to burns. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of oatmeal in suspension (colloidal oatmeal) as a skin protectant in 2003. Today there are many over-the-counter skin products containing oatmeal.

Colloidal oatmeal dissolved in a bath can relieve itchiness. Commercial brands of oatmeal bath, like Aveeno, come in ready-to-use packets, measured for a single bath. Or you can very finely grind regular oatmeal in a food processor or blender and add 1 cup to bathwater.

How to use it

  • Fill your bathtub with warm water.
  • Mix one cup (or one packet) of colloidal oatmeal into the water.
  • Immerse yourself in the water and soak for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse off with a lukewarm shower. Read More…………..

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