Last Updated on May 19, 2015

Health Tips

The most effective way to prevent any kind of infection, skin rashes included is through maintaining high standards of hygiene and by strengthening your immunity. To reduce your risk of developing skin rashes follow these simple tips:

  • Fingernails should always be kept trimmed and clean, as the risk of scarring and secondary infections is higher when a rash is scratched. This is especially important when dealing with kids.
  • Try to keep a track on and avoid any substances that cause irritation of the skin. Switch to hypoallergenic alternatives instead of using chemical based cosmetics and detergents.
  • Avoid bathing in hot water, instead use warm water. Instead of rubbing yourself dry with a towel, dab yourself dry.
  • Always use sunscreen when outdoors and avoid excessive exposure to sunlight.
  • When venturing outdoors, use insect repellants and protective clothing to minimize the risk of insect bites.
  • Home treatments like oatmeal baths with colloidal oatmeal and the topical application of aloe vera gel have also found to effective in providing relief to patients suffering from severe skin inflammation and irritation.

References:

  1. Rashes - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003220.htm)
  2. Rebecca B. Campen M.D. The Comprehensive Guide to Skin Care: From Acne to Wrinkles, What to Do (And Not Do) to Stay Healthy and Look Your Best. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  3. Gupta AK, Chaudhry M, Elewski B. Tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea nigra, and piedra. Dermatol Clin. 2003 Jul;21(3):395-400, v. Review. PubMed PMID: 12956194.
  4. Reynertson KA, Garay M, Nebus J, Chon S, Kaur S, Mahmood K, Kizoulis M, Southall MD. Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena sativa) Contribute to the Effectiveness of Oats in Treatment of Itch Associated With Dry, Irritated Skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan 1;14(1):43-8. PubMed PMID: 25607907.

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