A skin rash occurs when an abnormal change in color develops in any part of the body. Rashes can happen in any age bracket, but usually occurs in children and adults. There are many causes of skin rash, skin inflammation being one of the most common.
Skin rash is classified into various types including eczema, granuloma annulare, lichen planus, and pityriasis rosea. Eczema happens when redness, itchiness and scaling develop in any part of the body. It can happen to both children and adults, but is not contagious and can easily be treated by applying proper topical cream. A chronic skin issue, Granuloma Annulare develops circular shaped rashes in the skin. Although both adults and children are susceptible, this skin rash is often experienced by girls. Bringing mild to severe itchiness and redness, Granuloma Annulare commonly occurs in the back, neck and feet.
Lichen planus, which usually develops in the back, ankles, wrist and neck, is one of the most common skin conditions that is described by shiny but flat bumps in the skin. It is not really clear what causes this skin issue, but scientists suggest that it is highly connected with hepatitis C. Lichen planus is often diagnosed in adults from 30 to 60 years old, while children and elderly people are less likely to develop this skin condition. Last is Pityriasis Rosea, which brings mild to severe itchiness and can sometimes develops scales and lesions. Although not contagious, it must be treated immediately to avoid severe swelling. The level of redness and itchiness it brings may vary from person to person, but is commonly seen forming in body parts such as back, thighs, neck and feet.
Various types of skin rashes are caused by numerous factors. Below are some of the most common reasons why people from all ages experience itchiness, redness and bumps on their skin.
• Use of skin irritants like soap, lotion and fabrics
• Change in environment
• Dust and allergens
• Change in weather
• Excessive sweating
• Drugs and medication
Most skin rashes are not considered serious and can be treated by over the counter creams. Below are common symptoms that you must pay attention to in order to avoid extreme itchiness and swelling.
• Sudden skin inflammation
• Redness of the skin
• Mild to extreme itch
• Development of small to large bumps in the skin
• Scaly skin
• Sudden change of body temperature
• Formation of blisters
• Appearance of small liquid-filled spots on the skin
• Small and circular bumps that are often seen in the hands, back, chest , neck and feet
• Sudden appearance of pinkish spot all over the body
Natural Home Remedies for Skin Rash
Skin rash can be treated by doctor prescribed topical creams that contain hydrocortisone and steroids. The problem is these chemical based creams often develop side effects which can lead to other health issues. Fortunately, there are many natural treatments for skin rashes that you can conveniently do at home. These home remedies are not only effective, they are proven safe and often cheaper compared to commercially made creams and ointments.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, which is loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, is one of the most effective cures for skin rash. Aside from preventing further infection of bacteria that causes rashes, this natural remedy also provides soothing effect that effectively minimizes swelling, redness, and itchiness.
Break medium sized aloe vera leaf and apply the liquid extract on the affected area at least 3 times daily. Commercially made aloe vera oil is also another option.
2. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is highly regarded for doing wonders to the skin and is also a potent cure for skin rashes. It is loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that fight symptoms of skin rash.
Take 1 Vitamin E tablet daily after a meal. You can also buy Vitamin E oil and apply on the affected area in the morning and before going to bed.
Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal is also an effective cure for skin irritation and inflammation. Aside from preventing swelling and infection, oatmeal also gives soothing and cooling effect like aloe vera. It also minimizes the possibility of scarring especially if the affected area is scratched or forms a wound. Oatmeal works best with various types of skin conditions including poison ivy rash, eczema, sunburn, chicken pox and allergies.
To prepare oatmeal soak, mix 1 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup water, you can add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon honey. Blend until liquid form is attained. Directly apply the mixture to the affected area and let it sit for about 2 hours. You can also put this mixture into a tub with water and soak the affected area for an hour. Make sure that the water is lukewarm.
For rashes on the face, mix ½ cup of oatmeal with ½ cup water. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and honey. Apply on the affected spots on the face and let it sit for an hour. Rinse thoroughly using warm water. Repeat this at least 3 times a day or every time the affected area itches.
Eating oatmeal during breakfast is also an effective way to decrease swelling and minimize itching. Mix 1 cup oatmeal with 1 cup water. Add honey and milk. Cook for about 5 minutes in low heat.
4. Cold Compress
Skin rashes can give severe itching and burning sensation. To minimize itching and prevent scarring that often results due to urge to scratch, use cold compress on the affected area. Cold compress does not only cool down the tingling and burning sensation under the skin, but it also effectively prevents further swelling usually caused by insect bites, poison ivy and shingles. In addition, cold compress prevents further formation of blisters.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich with vitamin E and antioxidants, which make it an effective skin moisturizer to combat dry and flaky skin caused by skin rash. Aside from providing soothing and cooling effects, this amazing oil also promotes skin renewal and faster wound healing.
Apply 2 to 3 drops of olive oil to the affected area. Massage thoroughly and leave for 1 to 2 hours. Repeat this procedure 3 to 5 times a day until itching and redness subside.
You can also directly consume a teaspoon of olive oil daily to cure and prevent various types of skin rashes. You can also add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to your favorites drinks such as coffee or fruit shake.
6. Proper Hygiene
Taking daily baths and always washing your hands can effectively prevent skin rash formation. Use potent antibacterial soap to make sure bacteria that can cause allergy and infection are killed. Furthermore, always use clean and fresh clothes. Make sure to change clothes after tiring and sweaty activities like gym sessions and yoga.
Eating proper diet of fruits and vegetables will strengthen the immune system and minimize the probability of developing skin rash. Pick fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants and rich in vitamins and minerals like apple, orange and lemon. Aside from healthy diet, taking supplements like vitamin C and vitamin E will make the skin healthier and less prone to allergies.
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