Posted on: November 25, 2008 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 0

You wouldn’t like rashes because the first thing you lose when you get them is confidence. Rashes on your back will take away your guts in wearing a backless top. You can’t wear a sexy skirt with rashes on your legs. You can’t just rely on a concealer if rushes are all over your face. You wouldn’t want to wear a long-sleeved top under the heat of the sun just because red spots are all over your arms.

Then again, these can only be true if you think that getting rid of rashes is impossible.

Rashes: An Overview

Before giving you tips on how to rid yourself of rashes, you should know what rashes are and why they are occupying some space on your precious skin. A detailed overview about rashes will help you determine what treatment or tip is best to employ or follow.

The good news is, rashes do not have to mean disorder or disease. The term “rash” is a general term which doctors and patients use to refer to bumps or outbreaks on your body which change how your skin feels and appears. Rashes can occupy your whole body or be localized to a specific area. People use the term “rash” to refer to different conditions like skin infection, scaly patches of skin or red and itchy bumps.

The good news here is, rashes are not very dangerous unless they indicate a serious health problem. Usually, rashes are caused by irritation which you can easily get rid of once you know what the root of the problem is. If you think you self-diagnosis is safe because skin rashes are not always dangerous, you are wrong. You still need to consult your doctor to properly evaluate the rashes. Only a health care professional can help you know if the scaly patches on your skin are caused by infection or not, or if these represent other skin conditions like eczema among many others.

Why Seek Doctor’s Opinion?

You need to seek your doctor’s opinion because aside from bacterial or fungal infection, your rashes may be caused by any of the following:

1. Atopic Dermatitis – Out of all the forms of eczema, atopic dermatitis is most common. Atopic dermatitis is hereditary. Kids with scaly patches on the torso, arms, scalp and legs show signs of this condition. If you experienced these symptoms as a child along with chapped cheeks, then you surely have carried atopic dermatitis with you as you grow old.

Later in childhood, this skin condition affects other parts of the body like the knees and elbows. As a child grows to be an adult, he or she develops rashes on his or her eyelids, hands and even the genitals. When worse comes to worse, atopic dermatitis affects the whole body.

Counter Attack: You can’t get rid of atopic dermatitis or eczema in general by changing your diet, since eczema comes and go anytime. The outbreaks come out of your skin are not related to usual suspects like detergents, soaps and foods. You also can’t just apply moisturizing creams and lotions since your skin is actually inflamed even when it feels dry. You can minimize irritation by using cortisone creams and other prescription-strength steroids. Pimecrolimus, tacrolimus and other nonsteroidal creams are not used that much these days because these are said to be lacking of effectiveness. You can buy over the counter products like Burrow’s solution and mix it with tap water where you will soak the affected area to dry up atopic dermatitis.

2. Contact Dermatitis – You may have acquired contact dermatitis through contact with a material which caused the allergy or irritation. In fact, the simple act of hand washing, when done too frequently, will give you contact dermatitis. Among the common causes of contact dermatitis are reactions to jewelry and poison ivy. Now you know that you can’t wear just any type of jewelry because some minerals may cause irritation or allergy on your skin, nickel being the most common irritant found on jewelry.

Unlike atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis affects only the part of the skin exposed to the irritant. With this, the rashes you get from having contact dermatitis do not spread.

Counter Attack: Getting rid of the rashes that contact dermatitis gives you is as easy as avoiding the substance which caused you this condition. If not, then minimize exposure to that allergen. Sometimes, allergens can be found in the products you use while in some cases, you can develop rashes by lip licking (because of the saliva on your mouth), solvents at work and water on your hands.

You can also buy over-the-counter topical steroids like creams and hydrocortisone or nonsteroidal creams like pimecrolimus and tacrolimus. You can use Burrow’s solution the way you can use it when treating atopic dermatitis.

3. Fungal and Bacterial Infections — Having rashes because of fungal or bacterial infection is not a surprise. The first sign of infection is a rash which doctors may refer to as “fungus”. If you think you lack proper hygiene practices which is why you acquired this condition, you re wrong. People who clean themselves as often as they can remember get fungal or bacterial infection, too. You don’t catch these infections from animals, nor in locker rooms, pools or showers as your parents may have told you. Fungal and bacterial ifnections are not contagious.

Counter Attack: Treating fungal infection is straightforward: buy antifungal creams and use them as directed or prescribed. Usually, these antifungal creams are no longer prescribed sicne these are over-the-counter treatment products. Buy 1% terbinafine (Lamisil) and 1% clotrimazole (Mycelex, Lotrimin) as these are known to be effective. You can rid yourself of rashes from bacterial infection with Neosporin or bacitracin but some people won’t recommend you these products. If you are going to treat your infection, you might as well buy Bactroban and other prescription-strength creams or oral antibiotics to get your money’s worth.
Finally, Goodbye Rashes!

You just learned that different conditions need different treatments. Now you know how important it is to stay away from self-diagnosis, unless, of course, you are a doctor. Only your health care specialist will know what condition you are having and only that way will you know what cream or antibiotics to use. Keep these tips in mind if you want to wear the sexy clothings you can’t wear with rashes all over your skin.

If you follow these tips, you shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see your rashes earlier than expected. It only means that you bought the right creams, did the right thing and of course, read the right tips.

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