How to Treat Chafing Using Home Remedies

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Exercising Can Cause Chafing of the Skin
Exercising Can Cause Chafing of the Skin (Image: Iwan Beijes from stock.xchng-http://www.sxc.hu/profile/iwanbeijes)

Chafing happens when your skin rubs together while walking, exercising or wearing certain kinds of clothing. Chafing irritates the skin and can cause pain. If you are a little bit overweight and your thighs rub together when you walk or exercise, painful and irritating chafing may occur. There are ways to prevent chafing and natural ways to treat chafing when it does happen.

Things You'll Need

  • 100 percent cotton clothing
  • Elastic bandages
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Tight exercise clothes or loose regular clothes
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Talcum powder
  • A and D ointment
  • Vaseline
  • Calendula oil
  • Zinc oxide

Wear 100 percent cotton clothing during sports activities and exercise. Switch to 100 percent cotton when walking, exercising, or playing sports to prevent chafing.

Wrap an elastic bandage around your legs and thighs before you exercise or play sports. If you are overweight, the elastic bandages will help prevent chafing during the activity.

Wrap old sores or sensitive areas in an adhesive bandage to protect skin from further chafing.

Use petroleum jelly to lubricate your skin. Use the jelly between your thighs, around your toes, and under your arms.

Use talcum powder. Talcum powder works just like a lubricant. Use a hankerchief as a powder puff to ensure the powder goes directly onto the skin and not on the floor.

Make a homemade lubricant. Mix vitamin A and D ointment with Vaseline. Also, add ¼ cup each of Vitamin E cream and Aloe Vera cream. The Vitamin E and Aloe Vera cream will provide consistency and ease the pain and blisters from chafing. It will also prevent future chafing of the skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take time out from exercising to give your skin a chance to heal.
  • Wear clean and dry clothing, as chafing can be caused from damp clothes or dried sweat and chemicals embedded within dirty clothes.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Use calendula oil to prevent the fungus that causes excessive chafing of the skin. You might also want to try zinc oxide. Follow with olive oil or mineral oil to remove the zinc oxide.
  • Avoid using any of the products mentioned if you are allergic to them.

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