Rash Relief

How To Obtain Rash Relief

Seeking rash relief isn't always a simple thing to do in that one method or medication doesn't address all of the causes, of which there are many.  Fortunately, there are a number of topical creams, oils, and ointments that can be applied to the skin that will offer rash relief the majority of cases. The term relief is the key since it is in most cases a symptom that is being treated and not necessarily the cause. Some remedies however treat both the symptom and the cause.

Almost all of us encounter a skin rash at one time or another, and in most instances it goes away nearly as quickly as it came, and unless it is particularly bothersome, there may not be a need to do much of anything about it. Some of us have more sensitive skin than others and tend to acquire a rash more easily. Some of us respond well to common treatments for a rash while others may have to try a number of remedies or even visit a physician to obtain rash relief.

Many Different Causes - The list of things that can cause a rash is long indeed, but some of the more common culprits are bacteria, allergens, irritating substances that come into contact with the skin, and parasites. Some have a propensity towards rashes due to genetics. Bacteria and parasites can often be killed, and allergens and irritating substances sometimes avoided. Sometimes an irritating rash is one of the symptoms of a thyroid condition, and sometimes the rash is the result of taking medications for that condition or for some other condition. Drugs don't always cause rashes directly, but sometimes make the skin more sensitive, opening a door that can allow environmental factors, such as sunlight or allergens, to cause a rash when they normally would not.

Some rashes go part and parcel with various skin diseases or disorders such as eczema, folliculitis, psoriasis, or rosacea. Hives, which can be caused by a number of things, often a food allergy, can result in an irritating and even painful rash.

A treatment for rash relief may be an anti-inflammatory agent, which is usually the case, or simply something to relieve itching or swelling. Many lotions and moisturizers are effective in relieving itching though may not address what is actually causing the rash. Sometimes relief is all a person really wants at the moment. Calamine lotion and antihistamines are generally quite effective in relieving itching, while cortisone usually attacks whatever may be causing swelling. When bacteria is the cause, rash relief is usually obtained through the use of antibiotics.

Three Effective Remedies - Three natural remedies which provide quick rash relief in most instances are Aloe vera, St Johns Wort, and witch hazel. The latter two are astringents, and effectively moisturize and refresh the skin. In addition, witch hazel has strong antioxidant properties which often deal with the cause of the rash as well as providing rash relief. Aloe vera is a kind of all-purpose herbal medication that can be applied topically or taken internally, though for rash relief it is most effective when applied topically, where it is effective in healing wounds and dealing with skin irritations that can cause a rash. Aloe vera also has anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties.  If you live in an area where the plant grows, fresh Aloe vera gel is most effective, but there are many cremes and lotions on the market containing Aloe vera.

If you only suffer from a skin rash on occasion you'll probably get the relief you need from one of the over the counter products. If a rash persists, or you seem to get them frequently, your best approach would be to see a dermatologist.