Rashes are temporary discolorations of the skin and are often inflamed and swollen. They appear in different forms like redness, warm and loose skin, often causing swelling and itching on the skin's surface. Even small, barely perceptible rashes can be troublesome. Rashes, especially on the hands and feet, may come and go, but the inflammation and irritation can be very disturbing. In this article Dr. Ramit Sambyal who is one of the best general physician in Vasant Kunj, Delhi explains to us about skin rashes and how to cope up with it.
You can treat skin rashes by following these simple treatment methods:
- Use creams and medications:
Apply a topical steroid drug, such as the steroid cortisone, to the skin to cure irritated skin rash or inflammation. It will immediately relieve the pain and itching, but it may take weeks or months to treat the rash. Treat warm rashes at home with an anti-itch cream until the rash has completely disappeared.
2. Change your medicines:
Rashes may happen because of some other treatment drugs you are taking, or it could also be a side effect to a treatment (an allergic reaction). Rashes related to side effects come with other side effects like headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Talk to your doctor about the prescribed medications, inform the doctor about your rashes. Your doctor might suggest alternative medicines or some ways to heal and avoid those rashes.
Medication for fungal rashes:
Certain over-the-counter medications like hydrocortisone, a type of anti-inflammatory drug, are useful in treating rash caused due to specific fungus. Calamine lotions can relieve itching, reduce redness and swelling. You can also apply anti-itching lotion or cream containing at least 1% hydrocortisone to treat rashes.
- Apply ice-cold water:
Apply ice-cold water if your skin is itchy and red. Ice soothes the skin, stops the itch, and reduces the redness. Ice provides a lot of relief to the skin, which is affected by the rash.
- Use Oats and aloe vera
Oats and aloe vera have been used for centuries to treat many skin conditions such as eczema and burns. Not only are they helpful in treating acne, but they can also ward off rashes caused by fungi on the skin.
- Coconut oil:
Coconut oil, made from coconut meat and milk, is used for centuries as a skin moisturizer. It has high saturated fats along with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it a perfect solution for skin rashes, but if you are allergic to coconut, apply it first on a small area of your skin affected by the rash. If your skin feels more irritated, don't continue using it.
- Baking soda:
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a home remedy for itchy skin — rashes, poison ivy, or bug bites. Add a little water and create a paste to apply to the affected area. Rashes can also occur due to other diseases affecting different body parts, and show up as irritation or inflammation. Sometimes a rash is due to a problem that affects the skin itself, such as an allergic reaction to medication or food. In such cases, the underlying problem has to be solved.
Skin Rashes in Children
- A recurrent or persistent rash may indicate that your child suffers from a severe skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, or even dermatitis. You can check out many steroids, creams, triamcinolone, clobetasol, and hydrocortisone that promise some relief to the skin rash if you are unclear about its cause.
- Place a damp cloth over your child's rash so that the skin does not break out and to reduce swelling. If you find that none of the home medicines seem to help your child, seek medical attention immediately if the rash gets worse.
- Talk to your pediatrician about using a cream for babies and toddlers, in case of eczema or diaper rashes.
- Although most rashes are not life-threatening, they can be a symptom of something more serious. Sunburns are also a kind of irritating dermatitis, as they can continue to itch even after healing.
- Remember, you can treat mild forms of rashes with over-the-counter medications, lotions, and home remedies. You can use topical ointment or cream that reduces inflammation and irritation. Sometimes the cause of your rash could be your soap or detergent; consider changing them.
- If none of those mentioned above treatments help your skin heal, visit your general practitioner, they would assess your rash, and, based on its severity, give you a suitable treatment.