Aug 10, 2016
What Is a Rash?
The skin is the largest organ of the body and works as a shield between the interior of the body and the external environment. As such, the skin is exposed to a wide range of environmental factors and irritants every day. The result of this exposure often results in irritation or a rash. By definition, a rash is a change in the skin in some form ? color, appearance, or texture.
Rashes can appear anywhere on the skin and affect just one part of the body or the entire surface of the skin. Depending on the severity of a rash, the condition manifests in different forms. A rash may be a slight discoloration or small bumps if minor. More severe rashes are accompanied by extreme dryness of the skin, cracking, blistering, and pain. Some rashes may even cause fever and general ill feeling throughout the body.
Just as diverse as the presentation of rashes, the causes of rashes are quite varied. Typically considered to be contact dermatitis, rashes are usually the result of a foreign substance contacting and irritating the skin. Common irritants include poisonous plants, soaps shampoos, detergents, makeup, lotion, jewelry, fabrics, and latex. Rashes may also result from viral infections, exposure to a parasite, or a chronic skin condition such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis.
Natural Treatment for Skin Rashes
Most rashes are relatively minor and respond well to at-home treatment. Aloe Vera has a cooling effect and can soothe most rashes. Other treatments include topical application of apple cider vinegar or coconut oil daily to the affected area daily or as needed. Keeping the rash clean and dry will also help prevent further spread and speed the healing process.
Remedies for Rash
Aloe Vera is safe to use and can offer some relief from diaper rash. It's antibacterial, antifungal, and very soothing for many types of skin irritations. To make your own Aloe baby wipes (it's easy, not to mention cheap) check out: http://www.aloeplant.info/aloe-for-diaper-rash-2/
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Posted by Cocoandrico (Kingston, Ny, Usa) on 07/14/2011
The most common mistake with heat rash is the use of lotions or oils to relieve dryness. Heat rash results when sweat glands are clogged and this just makes things worse. Aloe gel straight from the plant is 96% water and allows the skin to breath while fighting bacterial infection and reducing pain. Applied every few hours, Aloe addresses the causes of irritation in the deeper layers of the skin while fighting bacteria at the surface, decreasing the duration and severity of the rash. For instructions to use the fresh plant at home, check out: www.aloeplant.info/beat-prickly-heat-with-aloe/
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Posted by Christopher (Kirkland Lake, ON) on 03/30/2008
A few years ago i worked in a kitchen environment and a candy store. Ok obviously i had a bad diet... i developped a rash on the side of my hand. water made it worse and perhaps the plastic gloves for candy didnt help. this rash persisted for over half a year and disappeared only by moving up my pinkie. there it became obvious that aside from cracking skin that there were tiny pimple like bumps.
My dad got me cortisone cream and it flared. apparently i found out at that time that cortisone feeds yeast! i got to thinking i had a yeast infection on my hand!!! i did try ACV it brought relief but i think the infection was too deep. Or that the ACV would of worked better mixed with a cream... it would clear to reemerge once the skin became dryer again. I was so convinced it was a yeast infection...
One day i told my dentist what i thought and she helped me get some cold sore medication... nyaderm/betaderm.. just to say it was antifungal!!! after 3 days the rash never came back.... i know its not a natural cure but just to say had i made a something with garlic or you know something antifungal the rash would of left.
since that time ive formed a belief that almost all health problems stem from mycotoxins or fungus/yeast living in human tissue. i still have a coated tongue and in my best efforts have only been able to partially clear it up. sucking on a tablet for candida did clear it up for a few hours, enough for hope but yeah thats expensive.
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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, US) on 08/29/2014
Just dropped in for some advice about a rash. ACV, no more itch. I don't know why it didn't occur to me, as the little dog gets a hot spot under his chin, every once in a while, and all I have to do is spray some ACV on a cotton ball and touch it once. Which is a good thing, because one chance is all I get, LOL! One touch and he's off like a shot! But the hot spot is dry the same day and gone the next. So I just dampened a paper towel with water, sprayed on some ACV, dabbed it on, no more itch! I used a damp paper towel so I wouldn't have to do the ouchy, ouchy, ouchy dance, LOL. Didn't feel anything but the coolness of it! Yeah! LOVE you guys!! Thanks again!!
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Posted by Ladyp (Nj) on 08/10/2013
Had an awful rash on the back of my neck. It started out as heat rash but because I kept rubbing it against my clothes and my hair which has hair product, it got itchier and itchier. Finally I came to Earth Clinic where everyone said ACV is the cure.
NOPE! It only made my skin worse and the rash spread from the back of my neck to the front. Now I looked terrible and the rash was painful. So I figure if ACV is the cause then the opposite must be the cure.
I took some coconut oil and baking soda and made a paste. Put that all over the rash and let it set for about five minutes. It stung and burned but I was already suffering from the ACV treatments which were worse.
Well I took a shower, washed away all residue of the paste and gently dried my skin. Once it dried it was very DRY. The rash was already healing from drying out. That night it crusted over with scabs and today my skin is still dry and by tomorrow I should be able to peel the scabs away. Hope so because the scabs are stiff and look horrible.
Thank goodness I didn't keep up with the vinegar thinking it will work eventually. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. I just want people to know that if you have a bad reaction to something STOP and rethink the situation. Don't just keep going because other people said it works for them.
Anyway, the type of skin irritation I had didn't take to ACV, but ACV still works for other ailments for me.
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Posted by Sheila (Rolla, Mo) on 06/23/2012
First, I AM SO THANKFUL TO HAVE FOUND THIS SITE. After spending hundreds of $$$ at my vet, and my poor 2 little shih tzu's scratching till they bleed, (on top of that, I am battling chemotherapy) I was desperate. NO KIDDING........... ONE RINSE OF THE ACV AND I COULD SEE A NOTICABLE IMPROVEMENT. Get this, I AM AN RN BY TRADE, AND IT DIDNT EVEN OCCUR TO ME. Their hair is growing back, no itching whatsoever, and their hair is shiny! on top of that, my father in law, who has battled dandruff for 40 years is now rinsing in ACV and all signs of his dandruff is GONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP, AND ESP MY POOR PUPS THANK YOU! MAY GOD BLESS!! SHEILA :)
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Posted by Sarah (Seattle, Wa) on 05/16/2012
I started breaking out in a rash all over my torso a month and a half ago. After two weeks of ineffectual colloidal oatmeal baths, rewashing all my laundry (twice! ) and a few days with groggy head from benadryl, I went to the doctor. She and the other doctor in residence had no idea what my rash was, nor did the resident skin specialist, nor did a dermatologist. Over the last month, I've been scraped and poked, been given prednisone (for 20 days! ), perscription strength steroid creams, and all kinds of anti-histamines. All of this cost me tons of money -- I'm an uninsured college student -- and nothing worked. The swelling would decrease for a few days, then nothing! In the meantime, the rash continued to grow and coalesce and spread to my breasts and legs. I stopped wearing undergarments (too painful! ) and couldn't sleep at night. The steroids gave me a vaginal yeast infection and made me so hungry all the time, I put on 12 pounds! Needless to say, I was absolutely miserable, itchy all the time, depressed and reduced to rubbing ice on my body. Finally, I googled "cure for rash" came here, and TA DAH!!!! In six days of treatment with ACV, I am COMPLETELY CURED.
I started with ACV from the grocery store. It was $5.00. I mixed 1/2 cup ACV with 1/2 cup water, grabbed a paper towel and dabbed it all over my body. It stung badly, but my rash was pretty itchy at the time. In literally TWO MINUTES, the swelling of my bumps decreased dramatically, so much so that I started taking pictures to send my mom.
I went to bed, woke up in the middle of the night itchy again, so I dabbed myself liberally again (it still stung), and the itching stopped again after about 2 minutes of hopping around and swearing. Thye next morning I woke up to a very diminished rash! Over the next three days, the big bumps flattened and dried. Then they started peeling and fading to nothing. The second day, I stopped dabbing with paper towels, and started taking 15 minute luke warm baths, morning and night, with about 4-5 cups of the good apple cider vinegar (_____'s). I also got a spray bottle for any itching emergencies that came up during the day. After the thrid day, there haven't been any! The transformation has been so rapid and so remarkable that I went back to my doctor. She confessed she has pretty severe eczema, has been on steroid reams for a long time to very little use, and will now try ACV!Thank you, so much, all the people who contributed their stories! If there hadn't been so many people who told of their success, I'd never have tried it myself. I'm a changed woman! And now, I'm curious -- what other home remedies are there that I never knew about?
Below, I've included my phone photos of the first days of treatment -- nothing explicit. This is the same area of rash over the course of four treatments, about two days worth. The rash goes from red and bumpy to almost completely flat and pink. The bumps also dried out, but not the skin around the rash. Three days later, the pink is faded, the itching is gone, and I'm sleeping through the night!
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Posted by Drumjohnston (Charlottesville, Va Us) on 11/25/2011
I started to notice my skin feeling like it had been rubbed with sand paper. When I got up the next morning I had a blistery rash on my left side. It started to spread and got painful and very itchy. I later went to the doc and was prescribed meds. I had been continuously applying anti itch cream which didn't seem to work. I tried the ACV and it instantly worked!
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Posted by Cindyg (Orange County, California, Usa) on 11/15/2011
I have a skin rash that has come and gone several times over the years. In the past, it's gotten so bad it covered my entire torso, with multiple large spots on my arms, legs and hands. It's extremely itchy, scaly and gross. I've tried every remedy you can think of -- but with such a large amount of my body covered, it was hard to consistently apply anything. I worked on my diet, going super low-carb, and spent ridiculous amounts of money going to a naturopath & taking lots of supplements. It finally went away. Now, it's come back on my hands with a vengeance, and I can't afford the supplements.
I tried Tinactin, b/c I thought it was ringworm, but no-go. Vick's vaporub did nothing, and I tried ACV one time on a small spot on the back of my hand, and it made the rash spread and take over my whole hand and start creeping up my arm. After using neem oil, neem leaf extract, coconut oil, tea trea oil and fresh garlic, I still couldn't get rid of it!! I came back here and re-read all the ACV comments. At this point, my hands were so swollen from washing, scrubbing and itching I was having trouble typing -- and I write for a living.
ACV straight from the bottle, on a cotton ball, is what finally worked. It didn't make the rash spread this time; it dried all the tiny blisters out and the awful itching and pain have stopped. In the past, the itching has always gotten so bad the only way I could avoid clawing my skin off was to run my hands under hot water or blow a hot hair dryer on them. This kept me from making things worse :( Now, it's the second day of 3x/day ACV applications, and the healing is miraculous. My skin is still thick and "bubbly" and my fingers still look like sausages, but the skin is dry and flaking off and the little blisters are all popping and healing. The itching stopped for the most part after the first application. I'm definitely glad I tried ACV again. I was losing sleep every single night because my hands felt so itchy and painful.
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Posted by Don (Lakeland, Fl) on 08/15/2011
I have been combating an underarm rash for many years, especially during the sweltering humid summers here in Florida. I try to stay in the ac to avoid excessive sweating. During the winter I can control this rash with several under arm washings with a neutral soap and foot powder. This summer my rash got out of hand and it was about the size of an apple in my armpit with huge ridges and valleys. I was using various creams, ie. Hydrocortizone, zinc, but it wasn't helping.
After visiting this site I applied apple cider vinegar after washing my arm pits 3 times a day and let it stay for about 1/2 hour and then dry. It stung like hell for the first couple of days and took about a week to clear up, but the rash is about gone after two weeks of this treatment. I still put the Apple Cider Vinegar on two times a week followed by drying & foot powder. I'm using a bottle with screw top and home-made dabber with handle that fits inside the bottle. This way I can use it daily with little prep by keeping a little Apple Cider Vinegar in the bottle at all times. My wife says I smell like Italian dressing, but who cares when your in your 70s. Not much else matters but feeling good! Thanks for your website. I use it often and recommend it to everyone I know.
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Posted by Angie (Toronto, Canada) on 03/13/2011
I suffered a scald burn on my right forearm, and after a few days of dressing (parafin/vaseline coated) I have rashes appeared on the area where the gauze patch was placed. It's getting uglier, and I went to see the doctor. HydroVal 2% was prescribed for the rashes and Antibiotic cream for the burn area. I took benadyrl at the same time.
It calms for a day and the rashes is on and off feeling itchy and so does the redden and swelling. I guess it's when the antihistamine worn off.
I read about ACV rememdy on rashes, so after shower, I bathe my arm in diluted ACV water to wash off any soap/creme/topical medicine residue I might have on my skin.
Then I dapped undiluted ACV on my rashes. It calms down the itchiness in about 15 mins after application. I dont' know yet if it will go away completely, but it feels better to use it then to apply the HydroVal again.
Hopefully it will help. I just found most doctors have trouble diagnose skin rashes. They like to prescribe Cortizone cream, but from my past experience with allergic rashes, that only works for the first 2 days, and if the rashes presist, the condition will almost reversed if not getting worse.
People like me is desparate, I am so sensitive, and I have no clue what cause my allergies at most time. Besides, I am sure my immune system is extremely over sensitive.
Posted by Ellen (Dundee, United Kingdom) on 01/15/2011
I developed a skin rash whilst on holiday in Tenerife and was relieved to get home believing that something I was eating had caused it. However the rash just got worse and had spread all over my sides and back. After visiting my GP I was given 2 kinds of anti-histimine tablets and a base cream which didn't make any improvement so after 2 weeks went back and seen another GP. She gave me more creams and rinitadin to take in conjuction with the anti-histimin, again no change. I was desparate by this time and decided to "surf the net" and found this site.
I took the advice given for ACV and dabbed it neat on the rash, left it for 15 mins. Then put 1 cupfull in my bathwater nightly, also I drank a solution of 2 tablespoons in water twice a day. I cant beleive that after 4 days only the rash has gone completely. I am going back to Tenerife in 4 weeks time and will definately be armed with my ACV just in case. Thank you to everyone who posted their wonderful advice.
Posted by Suzanne (Bridgetown, Barbados) on 01/15/2011
My daughter had a rash all over her skin a week ago for the first time and since we knew that she has sensitive skin and has had rashes in her neck area before, we simply put it down to something she ate and basically said it would go away. That was until it started itching last Saturday and then stopped. During the week it didn't itch much so we paid it mild attention and simply moisturized her skin. Today, a week later she cried and cried and complained for the itchy skin, just when her doctor's office was closed. We moisturized with thick cetaphil lotion believing that the more we put on, the more moisturized her skin would become and the itching would stop. She cried until 12:00 a.m. until I decided to check this site and used apple cider vingar simply put on her skin. She continued to cry for another five or so minutes, then I diluted it in some warm water and based it on her skin again. IMMEDIATELY and almost simultaneously she stopped crying and went asleep. I now believe in apple cider vinegar. Not only will I be sure to get her and her siblings an allergy test, but I will the first to use it if met with a similar problem again. Thank you for posting this site!
Posted by Randy (Brazoria, TX) on 07/08/2009
I lost my left leg below the knee a little over a year ago. My silicone liners and sleeves that pad my residual limb from my prosthesis and secure it to my leg have always irritated my skin somewhat, but it has been tolerable. About a week ago I began developing a rash on my residual limb. I tried several treatments, but nothing seemed to do much good with it. When it became impossible for me to wear my prosthesis I began researching treatments and came across this site with the testimonials on ACV. I gave it a shot and within a day (3 treatments yesterday and 1 this morning) the rash is almost completely gone. After the first treatment the pain and itching was gone, and after the 2nd much of the redness and irritation was gone. I realistically anticipate the rash being completely gone by tomorrow at this rate. I am a believer after one day. It hurt when I put it on the first time, but it was worth it because now I can put my prosthetic leg on and be active again instead of being confined to a wheelchair because of a stupid rash. Thank you for this site!!
Posted by Ange (Clarkston, WA) on 02/13/2009
My 1 year old daughter had an odd rash, at first I thought it was a diaper rash, but it ended up looking more like a heat rash or something- big red (big bug-bite like) bumps spread out on her bottom, legs and trunk. Nothing was making it go away, so I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar. I diluted it to 50% water and applied it with a cotton ball on all the infected areas. The dots had shrunk by 90% by the end of the day. Worked great!