Most rashes will go away without
medical treatment. Home treatment can often relieve pain and itching until the
rash goes away.
If you have come in contact with a substance such
poison ivy, oak, or sumac, immediately wash the area
with large amounts of water.
After a rash has developed, leave it
alone as much as possible.
- Use soap and water sparingly.
the rash exposed to the air whenever possible.
- Do not scratch the
If you have a rash, you should not be in contact with children
or pregnant women. Most viral illnesses that cause a rash are contagious,
especially if a fever is present.
Relief from itching
- Keep the itchy area cool and moist. Put cloths
soaked in ice water on the rash a few times a day. Too much wetting and drying
will dry the skin, which can increase itching.
- Keep cool, and stay
out of the sun. Heat makes itching worse.
- Try an oatmeal bath to
help relieve itching. Wrap 1 cup of oatmeal in
a cotton cloth or sock and boil as you would to cook it. Allow it to cool to
room temperature, and use it as a sponge and bathe in cool water without soap.
You may also buy a product at the store, such as Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal bath.
- Avoid scratching
as much as possible. Scratching leads to more scratching. Cut nails short or
wear cotton gloves at night to prevent scratching.
- Wear cotton
clothing. Do not wear wool and synthetic fabrics next to your
- Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, Cetaphil, Dove, or Oil of
Olay, and use as little soap as possible. Do not use deodorant
- Wash your clothes with a mild soap, such as CheerFree or
Ecover, rather than a detergent. Rinse twice to remove all traces of the soap.
Do not use strong detergents.
- Do not let
the skin become too dry, which may make itching worse.
- Take several breaks during the day to do a relaxation exercise,
particularly before going to bed if stress appears to cause your itching or
make it worse. Sit or lie down, and try to clear your mind. Managing your stress by
relaxing every muscle in your body, starting with your toes and going up to
your head, may help your symptoms.