How to Get Rid of a Rash

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Rashes occur for a variety of reasons. Your skin may have come into contact with an irritant, such as poison ivy, or a more serious issue may be the culprit. The University of Maryland Medical Center lists shingles, psoriasis, eczema, impetigo, Kawasaki disease, lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis as a few of the conditions that can cause a rash. If your rash is persistent, visit a health care professional for a proper diagnosis. Consider consulting a professional before beginning any course of self-treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild Soap
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Sterile Bandages

Cleanse the rash and surrounding area with a mild antibacterial soap. Do not scrub or scratch the rash. Pat dry with a clean towel.

Apply hydrocortisone cream. The Mayo Clinic recommends a cream that contains, at minimum, 1 percent of hydrocortisone. This helps stop any itching associated with the rash.

Cover the hydrocortisone-covered rash with a cold, moist compress.

Wrap the entire area with sterile gauze or linen bandages. Tape the bandage into place if wrapping isn't possible. This prevents you from scratching the rash, keeps the wet compress in place, and protects the area from dirt and other harsh elements.

Tips & Warnings

  • Liberal application of chamomile creams may relieve itching. The Mayo Clinic website states that chamomile is as effective in treating dermatitis as products that contain 0.25 percent hydrocortisone.
  • Certain types of rashes, such as heat rash, need to be kept dry. If your rash is a result of clogged sweat ducts, do not apply a moist compress to it.

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