Here are some safe, natural and convenient home remedies to clear that rash-
· Coconut oil: it’s one of the most soothing skin applications that you will ever find. Whether it’s a simple rash or a more hurtful burn, a daily application of coconut oil a couple of times a day can help cure any skin reaction. Apply it with a light hand with fingertips on the rash for a few days till allergy subsides.
· Petroleum Jelly: Another one of those solutions to multiple problems type of product. Every house’s medical cabinet will have some staples and petroleum jelly is it. It does not contain any harmful chemicals and has a soothing effect on the skin. It not just relieves your itch, but it also ensures the skin irritation becomes less. It is safe as well as inexpensive so you don’t have to worry about how often you apply it. Soft skin will be an added bonus.
· Lemon:You might think lemon, because of its citric acid content might burn you would actually be surprised how Mother Nature actually works. Simple squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on to the rash and let it air dry. It might sting a little if you’ve already itched away at the rash and the skin is irritated but it would soon soothe it down once it dries off
· Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is one of nature’s miracle cures. And it is as close to natural it can get since you pluck the aloe vera leaf from the plant, split it open and apply the gel straight to the skin. You could also buy packaged gel from the supermarket but keeping a plant at home is much better and doesn’t require much up-keep either. With all its moisturizing action, aloe vera is one of the most effective skin smoothening agents. When you rub the gel over an itchy spot, it helps reduce the skin irritation in that area and provides quick relief from itching.
· Apple cider vinegar: with its acid content and natural base, apple cider vinegar makes for one of the best skin applications to help treat irritation and rashes. It has a good antiseptic and antifungal action and this makes it a good anti-itching agent. Dip a cotton ball or cloth in a little apple cider vinegar and dab on the itchy area. Or if you feel a general itchy sensation all over the body, add a cupful into your bath water.
· Cold compress: make an ice pack with a few ice cubes and press it lightly over the rash. The burning sensation will immediately subside and the irritation will reduce.
· Diaper rash cream: you might laugh away at this absurd suggestion but if it can treat a rash on a baby’s sensitive skin, it can take care of yours. Extremely mild and extremely helpful. Apply 2-3 times a day.
· Medicated OTC topical cream: if baby products are too sissy for you, you may get yourself an over-the-counter topical cream to soothe that rash. Ask your pharmacist for the best ointment for your allergy.
· Olive oil:Olive oil is also known to effectively cure skin rash. Apply olive oil directly on the rash regularly. The therapeutic properties of olive oil will cure the skin rash. Make sure to apply little quantity only through a light fingertip touch or a cotton ball
· Baking Soda: baking soda has anti-bacteria properties. Make sure to NOT apply this if the skin is broken or too irritated with constant scratching. Mix 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda. Apply the paste on affected area. If the itch is spread all over the body, add a cup of baking soda into a tubful of lukewarm water and soak in it for half an hour; then dry in air.
· Oatmeal:Oatmeal contains compounds that reduce inflammation. This is a popular trick that’s been around for ages and it’s also commonly used for poison ivy and eczema. You can add oatmeal to your bath, or make a dressing.To make oatmeal dressing, add a bit of water to a cup or bowl of plain, organic, uncooked oatmeal (ground or steel-cut work best for this), then let it sit for a few minutes until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the itchy area as needed.
Some additional tips-
-Avoid contact. For healing to happen, you must stop scratching away at it and further causing irritation. Leave it alone and don’t give in to the urge to scratch.
-Loosen it up. Don’t wear tight clothes. They can irritate your rash.
-Take diet that is rich in natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water every day.
-Don’t smoke and consume alcohol until the rash is healed else it could aggravate the condition.
-Rashes or skin problems that last should always be checked out by a doctor, even if they get a little better by home treatment.