Skin rashes are a common occurrence and everyone has experienced the discomfort of one sometime or other. Skin rashes generally fall into one of two categories: dermal rashes, caused by skin contact with an allergen, and systemic rashes, caused by ingesting something that causes an allergic reaction. Dermal rashes are normally less severe than systemic rashes and clear up much quicker. When trying to determine the cause of the skin rash, it’s important to take into account where you’ve been and what you’ve eaten in the last little while. If, for instance, you’ve been for a walk in the woods, chances are you’ve brushed against something or were bitten by some insect that caused the rash. If, on the other hand, you went out to a restaurant last night it’s probable that your rash is the result of something you ate. Some skin rashes such as certain types of eczema may be caused by a fungal infection and a shingles rash by stress. Any rash, accompanied by symptoms such as blistering, nausea, difficulty in breathing and dizziness, should be attended to immediately by your medical doctor or health professional.
Here are 12 natural remedies you can use to help alleviate the itch and discomfort of a skin rash:
1. Wash With Cold Water
As soon as possible, gently rinse the affected skin with cold water to remove any oils or irritants that may be causing the rash. This is especially important if you’ve come into contact with something like poison ivy. Remove any clothing that may have come into contact with affected areas as the irritant can be on the fabric and further aggravate the skin. In addition to washing away the irritant, cold water can help take away the ‘heat’ from the rash. For this reason, applying an ice pack to the affected area can also help to relieve the symptoms.