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Home Remedies For Rashes: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2021

What are the best home remedies for rashes?

Home remedies are one of the best means of treating skin rashes and these methods are simple to follow and can be done with easily available ingredients.

  1. Oatmeal bath:

    The best way to cure rashes is soaking in a colloidal oatmeal bath. This is because oatmeal is an effective humectant which indicates that it can aid in moisturizing the skin and it is rich in inflammation-quelling compounds.

    If you are suffering from psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, an oatmeal bath can be very effective means of curing these disorders. You will just have to add two cups of colloidal oatmeal to lukewarm water.

  2. Baking soda:

    nother excellent remedy is baking soda in the bath for maximizing the relief from rashes.

  3. Calamine:

    Some experts suggest that the dabbing on calamine is yet another way of soothing the rashes. Calamine is available in almost all households and a soothing effect as the solution evaporates from the skin.

  4. Aloe Vera:

    It is widely known for its benefits of healing a host of skin ailments owing to the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is highly beneficial for all types of skin issues including rashes and atopic dermatitis.

  5. Hazel works:

    Also, witch hazel works as an excellent way of improving skin rashes and eczema. You will just have to soak a cotton ball and apply it all over the affected area. You will have to keep it for 30 minutes and then wash it away.

  6. Chamomile tea:

    It also works as an effective astringent and you can apply it on the rashes to get rid of irritation and itchiness of the skin. Chamomile essential oil is also easily available and it can also be applied all over the affected area.

  7. Holy basil leaves and calendula essential oil:

    These are also regarded as the incredible means of treating skin rashes. Calendula helps in eliminating harmful bacteria which contributes to causing rashes on the skin.

    Holy basil is also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. If there are none of these remedies available to you, then you can always use an ice pack to soothe the skin rashes.

  8. Coconut oil:

    Coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fatty acid which helps to deeply moisturise the skin. Coconut oil also possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which help to fight against any skin infection.

  9. Tea tree oil:

    Tea tree oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil helps to fight against bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. It inhibits any harmful microbial growth on the skin and prevents infection.

  10. Cold compress:

    Cold compress has a soothing effect on rash. It prevents itching and swelling due to rash. You can apply a cold compress or you can also take a cold shower to get relief or to get rid of rashes fast. A cold compress helps to restrict the blood flow in inflamed areas and prevent itching from rashes.

  11. Epsom salt:

    Epsom salt helps in reducing the inflammation and itching in the skin. Epsom salt also helps in moisturizing the skin.

  12. Olive oil:

    Olive oil contains a compound called oleic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to reduce inflammation.

  13. Apple cider vinegar:

    Apple cider vinegar possesses antimicrobial properties that help to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Apple cider vinegar also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and prevents inflammation by restricting the secretion of cytokine enzyme which is responsible for inflammation.

  14. Menthol oil:

    Mint contains an essential oil called Menthol which has cooling properties and provides relief from itching. Before applying menthol oil it's important to dilute it.

Summary: Rashes can be reduced by applying menthol oil, olive oil, Epsom salt, Apple cider vinegar, cold compress, tea tree oil, Coconut oil, Chamomile tea, Aloe vera, Baking soda, Hazel, Oatmeal, calamine.

Are there any side effects of remedies for rashes?

There are no side effects of the natural home remedies for rashes as each of the ingredients is not just effective in clearing up the rashes but also offers a host of benefits. But some people could be allergic to witch hazel or Aloe Vera or calendula or some other ingredients used in the home remedy for rashes, then it is crucial to consult with an expert who can help you choose the best remedies for the rashes.

Also, it is important to use fresh ingredients to make it more effective and stave off any kinds of side effects. Further, following proper procedures is also crucial. For example, in the case of an oatmeal bath, make sure that the water is not too hot as it can aggravate the rashes instead of curing them.

You may try to find out what remedy works best for you, and for that basic understanding of the cause and the right home remedy is the way to go. Home remedies take time before you can notice prominent improvement, so as long as you don't sense any ill effect, keep consistently doing the treatment.

Slowly, you are bound to see a positive outcome. Any ramifications of side-effects will be generally noticeable over the first few tries of the remedy and hence can be stopped at any point and pursue another plan of action. In severe cases, it is better to seek medical help.

Summary: Despite being effective, certain home remedies have some side effects which vary from person to person, so choose your home remedy only if you are not allergic or sensitive to the particular substance. Do not use any home remedies in excess as it may be harmful to health.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

  • It is important to follow a healthy diet if you are allergic to certain food items.
  • Some people are allergic to milk, eggs, shellfish, and a host of other food items.
  • If you know that you are allergic to any particular food item, then you should avoid eating them under any circumstances.
  • If you find that any product is causing skin rashes, then you must avoid using them so that the rashes can go away on their own.
  • If the rashes are caused by conditions such as insect bites, medications, ringworm, rubella, warts, measles, bacterial infections, scabies, or chickenpox, then you should consult with an expert to cure these conditions in the first place.
Summary: Follow the guidelines. Take a healthy diet, Avoid taking substances you are allergic to. Avoid products that can cause rashes.

How long does it take to recover?

The duration that would take to recover is entirely dependent on the severity of the rashes you are suffering from. The general rule of thumb is the earlier you can start the treatment process using the home remedies, the faster the recovery would be. If the rashes start spreading over an extensive area then it would be difficult and time-consuming to cure the condition with home remedies.

So, be proactive and take precautions required, and in case you still get the rashes to take remedial steps immediately since the ingredients for home remedy are readily available to help in a speedy recovery.

Summary: The time of recovery from rashes depends upon the severity of the rashes.

Are the results of the home remedies for rashes are permanent?

The results of the home remedy for rashes can be permanently based on the individual health condition of the person concerned. Some people have no allergic condition but they have rashes when they come in contact with some kind of allergens. Usually, using home remedies and limiting the usage of such products can help in relieving the rashes within a small period.

On the other hand, some people have chronic allergies and they suffer from rashes along with other skin issues during most of the time of the year. Such people should not only steer clear of all such allergens but also make it a habit of using these home remedies.

Is there any training or experts required to perform these natural remedies for rashes?

Rashes are considered a very common disease that appears all of a sudden and tends to go away all by itself with the application of some home remedy. But some people have chronic allergic conditions for which they suffer from rashes most times throughout the year.

Even though the home remedies can alleviate the condition, for the time being, it is important to consult with an expert skin specialist who can help in finding the root cause of the problem and treat it. But in other cases, simple common sense using the easily available substances would be of much help.

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