If you were one of the unfortunate generation who didn’t have the benefit of the chicken pox vaccine, most likely you developed chicken pox, and if you did, you probably remember how good that oatmeal bath felt against your fevered skin. Oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory that has great soothing qualities and is one of the most excellent rash treatments, particularly for those caused by poison ivy, eczema, allergies, sunburn, and more.
Top dermatologists in Michigan agree that cold compresses are perfect for relieving the itchiness and swelling that accompanies rashes due to heat, shingles, poison ivy, and insect bites. You can make your own compress with ice and a Ziploc bag or invest in one found at a drug store, but never put the ice directly against the skin.
One of nature’s best natural rash treatments, aloe vera gel is good for more than just relieving the burning of a sunburn: It is perfect for rashes of all types. If you have access to an aloe vera plant, cut off one of the stalks and rub the cut end against the affected area, leave on for 20 minutes, and then rinse off. Do this three times a day until the rash is gone. If you don’t have access to the plant, you can buy the extract or gel at your local pharmacy.
Applying a compound that consists of baking soda and water to the affected area will dry out the rash and relieve the itch and inflammation, causing it to clear up quicker. Be careful to not leave the compound on the area too long, as it can cause discoloration of the skin; five minutes should be long enough.
All three of these oils are great natural remedies for healing rashes. Olive oil can be mixed with honey and applied to the rash a few times each day until it heals, or mixed with turmeric, which is chock full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and helps soothe the skin and reduce itching. Coconut oil can be used alone or mixed into a paste with baking soda, and castor oil is perfect on its own.
Rashes can be nothing more than a nuisance that will go away on its own in time, or a symptom of something much more serious. If you’ve tried any or all the above and the rash is still lingering, contact Dr. Seiger – one of the top dermatologists in Michigan – and the staff at The Skin & Vein Center and schedule a consultation with your new rash doctor today. We have over 26 years of experience in relieving the pain and itch due to rashes and we want to help you with yours!