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How do you treat chafing?

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Gently clean the chafed area with water and dry it thoroughly. Put petroleum jelly on the area. If it's very painful, swollen, bleeding, or crusted, your doctor may recommend a medicated ointment.

Give your skin some time to heal from chafing before being active again. If it doesn't get better, make an appointment to see your doctor. You may need an antibiotic ointment if the area gets infected.

SOURCES:

Mailler-Savage, E. and Adams, B. , 2014. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

American College of Sports Medicine: "'Hot' Clothes for Safe Exercise."

Brian B. Adams, MD, MPH, associate professor of dermatology and director of Sports Dermatology Clinic, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; chief of dermatology, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Mailler-Savage, E. and Adams, B. , 2014. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

American College of Sports Medicine: "'Hot' Clothes for Safe Exercise."

Brian B. Adams, MD, MPH, associate professor of dermatology and director of Sports Dermatology Clinic, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; chief of dermatology, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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