As annoying, embarrassing, and aggravating as a red itchy rash can be, most people will try anything to help soothe the skin and stop the itch. A red itchy rash can show up at any time of the year and be triggered by a variety of different things, but there are some simple at home solutions to a rash that can help skin restore its own natural balance.
First, stop scratching the rash. This can be very hard to do, but scratching a rash often contributes to the problem by irritating the already inflamed skin. Try covering the area with clothing to discourage scratching or by doing something to distract yourself from the itch.
Take a cool shower. The cool water can reduce inflammation on the skin and calm the intense itching sensation. After the shower, dry off the rest of your body but leave the rashy skin wet.
Apply a fragrance free moisturizer to the rash. This will help trap the water that is on the skin and add soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin. Make sure to choose a moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin or one that does not contain fragrance so that it does not sting the rash. Many red itchy rashes, especially during the winter, are caused by skin that is simply too dry, so this is an essential step in healing the rash.
Place a bottle of aloe vera gel in the refrigerator. When the rash begins to itch, apply the cooled gel to the area. The aloe will help reduce inflammation and soothe the skin so that the redness and irritation can stop.
If the red rash has been caused by an allergy, take an oral antihistamine to treat the rash from the inside out. However, do not take oral medication unless you are sure that an allergy is the source of the rash.