Rashes can make you feel very uncomfortable, as they cause itching and pain. Some of the rashes can also be scaly and irritated. The causes of rash development are varied. Even your daily detergent can cause you a rash, due to the chemicals contained in it. The chemicals used in making the fabric of the clothes you wear can also cause rash. Your make-up and bathing soap can give you a rash as well. It doesn’t require much to treat rashes, unless it’s a serious one, for which you need to consult the doctor. Explore the article to know some useful tips on how to treat common rash and heat rash.
- Steer clear of the heat. Try to stay inside shade or an air-conditioned room. Let the air get into the rash affected area.
- Take a mild, non-deodorant soap or cleanser and clean the affected area.
- Take a cotton towel and pat it dry. Take care not to rub or irritate the skin.
- Apply calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream (not ointment) or an over-the-counter lotion that contains dimethicone.
- While application, carefully follow the directions listed on the product and continue applying for 2-3 days, or as required.
- To soothe the itching sensation, you can take a baking soda and oatmeal bath. Mix 3 tbsp baking soda or 1 cup dry oatmeal (grinded) in bathing water. Soak it for 15 to 20 minutes and thereafter, rinse and pat dry.
- Adults can also try an over-the-counter antihistamine to soothe the itching sensation.
- Wear loose fitting clothes that are made of natural fibers, such as cotton and polypropylene, and have good sweat absorption quality.
- It is advisable to consult a physician if the rash worsens or gets infected.
- Apply aloe vera gel or olive oil on the rash affected area. If the rash has been caused by dry skin, a moisture-based ointment can also help. Vitamin E and cod liver oil are good moisturizers for a rash caused by skin dryness.
- Some rashes can be treated by washing them with chamomile tea. Prepare some chamomile tea and let it cool down. Pour the cool tea on the rash affected area. Let the rash dry.
- For a rash caused by wearing diapers, which is common in babies, diaper rash cream can be applied after cleaning the area thoroughly.
- For a rash developed due to spider bites, ice cubes can be directly applied on the area, for some 20 minutes. It will counter the development of rash on the bitten area. If a rash still appears, apply a topical antibiotic medicine to the affected area, 2-3 times a day.
- To treat a road rash, wash the affected area with soap and warm water, to take out all the dirt and debris. Now, apply an antibiotic ointment. It will prevent infection and also not let the scab become rigid and crack.