A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Skin Rash
I had a question the other day about a skin rash.
Skin is your body’s largest organ.
It’s made up of 3 layers – the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous layer (inner layer).
Your skin acts as a shield between your body and the millions of foreign substances existing in our environment.
It also excretes toxins and other substances from your body, like your kidneys and bowels.
Because of this, your skin is prone to various bumps and blisters, as well as changes in color, cracking, dryness, flaking, itching, redness, roughness, scaling, thickening, and lots of other problems.
There are many reasons for skin reactions.
Some of the most common include allergies to molds, foods, chemicals, cosmetics, and other substances.
Insect bites, exposure to certain plants (like poison ivy), fungi, diaper rash, sun and wind exposure, drugs, and alcohol can also pose problems.
Reactions to detergents, jewelry, and fragrances; nervous tension, and friction, either from 2 parts of your body rubbing against each other or from contact with ill-fitting clothing or shoes, also contribute.
A rash shouldn’t be taken lightly, because it can sometimes mean an underlying illness – sometimes a serious illness.
Certain types of rashes can be good early warning signals.
Four of the most serious diseases skin rashes are an early warning signal for are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, meningococcal disease, staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome, and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.
Skin rashes in children are often caused by food allergies, especially to chocolate, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, milk, wheat, fish, chicken, pork, or beef.
Some experts say allergies to eggs, peanuts, and milk account for as many as 75% of all skin rashes in children.
To deal with a skin rash it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 8-10 cups of purified water, broths, and juices daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Aloe vera gel, ginkgo biloba extract, and green tea extract have antioxidant properties helpful for healing.
*Calendula, chamomile, elderflower, and tea tree oil can be used externally as a soothing wash on the rash.
*A poultice made with dandelion and yellow dock root benefits many types of skin rashes.
*Soak a washcloth in malva tea and apply it as a warm compress to the infected area to reduce inflammation.
*Oat straw may be used topically in a bath to reduce symptoms, especially inflammation and itching.
*Olive leaf extract has healing properties for your skin.
*For quick relief of itching and inflammation, soak a clean cloth in cool water, wring it out, and apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary for relief.
*Take lukewarm showers instead of baths, and try not to shower every day while you have the rash. Also avoid using the same washcloth, sponge, or shower pouf each time you shower, because bacteria and fungi can grow in these moist areas.
*Whenever possible, use hypoallergenic skin care products, deodorants, shaving creams, soaps, hair products, cosmetics, household products, and laundry detergents. But remember, hypoallergenic means only a product isn’t likely to cause allergies; not that it won’t. Also, when choosing products, look for “fragrance-free” formulas rather than “unscented” ones.
*Wear cool, loose clothing. Next to your skin, cotton is best.
*Avoid prolonged contact with known skin irritants including chemicals, dust, direct sunlight, and water.
*Radiation and chemotherapy treatments can cause skin to become more sensitive to allergens and irritants. Occasionally radiation can also cause your skin to thin, lose elasticity, and become lighter or darker in color. Emollients and high-SPF sunscreens should be used generously on affected areas.
*Many medications cause skin rashes in people when they’re exposed to sunlight. If your medication causes photosensitivity, ask your doctor for alternatives.
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