Skin rashes are not uncommon, especially amongst children. It is generally accompanied by a host of associated problems such a swelling, redness, itching etc which if not treated quickly can turn into a pus filled wound. Some of the common causes for rashes are mentioned below.
Hereditary – Typically internal disorder.
- Bacterial or viral infection.
- Allergy to certain food and medicines.
- Vitamin deficiency.
- Bug/bee bites.
- External factors such as pollution and exposure to sunlight.
- Diapers – In case of babies.
Treatment for skin rashes may vary from person to person and depend on the cause. The market is flooded with ointments and lotions which are typically developed from active chemicals or compounds. However, you can always opt for safer ways. Some of the natural remedies to treat body rashes are as follows.
1. Vitamin C
One of the best natural remedies is to eat vitamin rich food. For example vitamin C is a great source for skin nourishment. It keeps the skin hydrated and thereby prevents rashes due to dryness.
Fruits such as orange, sweet lime and lime are loaded with vitamin C. Regular consumption will make your skin glow and protect the same from bacterial or fungal infection. Oranges stimulate blood circulation and therefore the skin appears vibrant.
2. Baking Soda
Use of baking soda is typically limited to rashes which have not advanced to open wounds. Simply add 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup half filled with water. Apply the paste on the rash and rub it gently. This method works if the rash is localized and easily reachable. For larger areas and places where your hand does not reach indulge in a baking soda bath. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and add 4-5 teaspoons of baking soda. Soak the body for an hour and air dry.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a wonder plant loaded with innumerable magical properties. It offers relief from aches, improves the immune system and cures skin inflammation. Yes, aloe Vera boasts anti-bacterial attribute which makes it extremely suitable for skin rashes. Simply make a paste and apply on the infected area. It offers immediate respite.
Finely powdered oatmeal can be added to the bath for instant relief from skin irritation and itching. For babies, a single tablespoon is recommended while adults can add 3-4 tablespoons in their bathtub depending on the intensity of rashes.
5. Basil Leaves
The flavnoids in basil leaves not only offer an impregnable shield at the grass root level, typically cellular, it also provides instant respite from itching and skin inflammation because of its soothing ingredients such as camphor. Its highly fragrant leaves are a delight and perk up the spirits of the user. Application is really simple. Crush the round leaves and rub it against the affected area gently.
Cloves and Juniper berries offer a great way to escape from skin irritation. The preparation is easy and quick. Mix these two ingredients with honey and stir the mixture over gentle flame till a cohesive paste is formed. Allow it to cool and apply on the affected area.
Thyme contains an active compound called Thymol which is loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Simply add thyme leaves to boiling water and after the mixture cools down apply the same to the affected part. Thyme is also a very good aesthetic agent which means along with curing rashes it also suppresses the urge to scratch.
Apple cider vinegar contains multiple medicinal qualities which makes it a perfect candidate for skin rashes. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and free from any side effects. The application procedure is also very simply. Pour a small quantity of vinegar onto a clean cloth or few drops on a ball of cotton and rub it against the affected area. Within minutes you will notice the difference in terms of reduced irritation and swelling.
9. Olive oil
One of the amazing properties of olive oil is its penetration power. This happens because of its active ingredient, oleic acid which slips through the top layer and soaks the underlying skin with its healing attributes. Olive oil repairs skin, and reduces dryness and itching. It is also a great anti ageing edible oil which offers an array of benefits such as improved skin and hair texture, and slows down cell damage and thereby aging.
10. Ice cubes
Now this works for certain insect bites. Not recommended for rashes occurring due to food or medicine allergies. Simply rub ice cube on the affected area for 15-20 minutes with intermittent pauses. It will reduce pain and swelling caused by the sting.