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Rash Remedies

| Modified on Oct 03, 2023

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.

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Posted by Dawn (Canada) on 03/29/2021

I had a reaction to antibiotics that was like a serve sunburn all over my body. It did not go away. I tried so many things. What relieved it finally, after 3 months of suffering, was charcoal capsules. I took 6 - 450 mg activated charcoal capsules in one dose and started feeling better the next day!

I took that for about 5 days.

Make sure you drink enough water and follow directions on bottle (if you take medicine and supplements take them 2 hours before or after).

Replied by Bill
(Boston, Ma)

I have had a rash or red spots on various parts of the body they come and then go then come again. Now pain in feet but not spots there. Very strange trying to diagnose this. Had this for 45 days or so never thought of the charcoal which I do have.

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Posted by Cocoandrico (Kingston, Ny, Usa) on 10/17/2011

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/

Replied by Mhoneybee
(Airdrie, Alberta, Canada)

I have a tip for treating diaper rash; clean the baby as you normally would, then use an antibiotic wipe (like Wet Ones) over the rash area, THEN apply the rash ointment. The rash will clear up within no time.

Replied by Marsh57
(Denver, Co)

Been noticing that 3-4 hours after going to the bathroom, the skin on my bottom forms an uncomfortable red rash. Started researching and found a site where contributors said they experienced the same with the Mr. Wipple brand. Ours is Nxxxxxxx brand but something's in it that I must be allergic to as we have a bidet and use it daily. Scary to imagine what manufacturers are putting in these products. Time for TP research!

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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/

Replied by John
(Bacolod, Negros Occidental)

Good day.... I'm John from Philippines.. , last week ( saturday) I've accidentaly cut myself and then on Thursday I've had a fever with headache and can't sleep. Then the following day I noticed there were tiny red spot in my skin and then the fever continues for about 5 days on and off. Maybe because in the 4th day I decided to take antibiotics and paracetamol... Today its 2nd day of fever free, but still can't sleep and my urine is kinda green, and the redspot or rashes for some are reducing. By the way, the red spots are in my neck, forehands and feet...

Thanks, please help me know my health problem.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

John, the best thing to apply to the rash is Iodine. It will kill most bacterias on contact. I would also take some internally (lugols) to kill off any infection you may still have.

Replied by Suzanne G
(Thousand Oaks, Ca Usa)

I have horrid prickly heat all over torso upper back few on arms. I'm allergic to aloe and benedryl so I'm super excited to try Apple Cider Vinegar. I've used hydrocortisone, anti fungal which dried some out but the heat and sweating with lotions on made it worse. It's awful and my stomach looks disgusting with scabs and peeling skin. Thanks for the great info. With puffy eyes, my dogs mange and this rash I'm stocking up on ACV first thing in the morning xx

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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.

Replied by Aw
(Santa Fe, Nm)

For your mouth and body as a whole try Oil Pulling. Google it. It is great for the entire body because it removes toxins. Continue doing it twice daily. Go on a yeast free diet. Clean every single thing in your home and continue to disinfect everything as the days pass.

Continue to treat the candida with a variety of potions including oregano oil, coconut oil, epsom salt and baking powder poltices, etc. Yeast is a living organ that mutates and mimics other diseases. You have to be persistent. Eventually the balance is struck.

Replied by Crystbear
(Virginia, U.s.a.)

Hello.. I'm really big on home remedies, which is why I come here a lot. When you said fungus/yeast I thought of this.. Candidas infections are caused also by what is in regular food supply.. Sprayed on vegetables and injected in animals.. I.E. Antibiotics and hormones! ... Causing all kinds of maladies.. Including rashes. I went organic.. The white on my tongue is gone now.. And, I no longer get chapped hands in winter which is odd, .. Since I'd get really bad just a few days when weather turned cold here. And, my son's allergies are gone. I still have a skin rash, but it's getting better without doing anything else to it. Detoxing would be a good thing to try. That's the thing.. we're 'detoxing' from the toxins we get from our own regular food supply itself, which is why I went organic.

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Posted by Mike (Kent, Uk) on 09/09/2020 26 posts

Apple Cider Vinegar seems to work great for stinging nettle stings yeah. Just rubbed some fairly cheap ACV with the Mother on my legs where the stings were and they stopped hurting instantly.


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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, US) on 08/29/2014 426 posts

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!!

Replied by Tusshay

So I just put some ACV on and the rash intensified. Is that normal ?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Tusshay,

If the rash intensified, I would probably try a different remedy. Extra Virgin Coconut oil, perhaps. If you want to describe your rash more, some here may have ideas for what you might try.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Joseph
(Abbotsford, Bc , Canada)

Heat rash: The stuff I'm reading hear sounds like what I have. Itchy as heck, bite like marks. When I picked them, the scab went really hard after a day. Strong scabs too.

So I'm trying the Apple Cider Vinegar now. Thank goodness for this site. I have been a fan of Earth Clinic for a couple years now.

Whoosh, I was thinking that this stuff was really bad. LOL

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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.

Replied by Anne
(Portland, Or)

Please be sure to dilute the vinegar with water for the first few treatments especially for babies with diaper rash. You can slowly decrease the water with each application.

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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 noticeable improvement. Get this, i am an rn by trade, and it didn't 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 are gone.

Thank you so much for all your help, and esp my poor pups thank you! may god bless!! sheila :)

Replied by Elizabeth
(Lautoka, Fiji Island)

Could you please advice me on what home remedy to use as I have been suffering from quite some times from itchyness all over the body and when it starts to itch I really need to sratch and the funny thing is it usually starts in the afternoon. please can you help me

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hey Elizabeth,

I have seen success by using coconut oil applied topically. You might also make sure you are getting some internally.

Lots of causes to skin itching. Lack of minerals to chronic liver issues or kidneys not functioning properly; and taking medication the body is allergic to.

No nausea...right? If poisoning, you'd likely find organ issues and I'm presuming there are not other serious matters going on.

Could be something you are allergic to ... clothes you are wearing being washed with a perfumed soap.

What foods might you be allergic to? Since this is during the day...later in the day, it sounds like something you are around or consuming during the day and then the reaction occurs.

Keep trying out by process of elimination. You'll figure it out.

Replied by Adc
(Phoenix, Az)

Elizabeth - it could be your laundry detergent. It happened to me - as the day wore on, I'd get itchier and itchier all over. This went on for about 2 years. I finally tried an all natural detergent in lieu of my beloved Tide ... problem solved!

Replied by Boomchicka24

Hey listen! Quit chemotherapy! Please I have seen people's health deteriorating using that poison! Please use anoda/graviola juice. I would prefer fresh. Type anoda fruit on google. That's harmless obviously and a beautiful cure. I just want to help at least one person if I can't help the whole world :)

Replied by Teege

I don't know why folks say stop the chemo. In my case, I'm not the one taking it but I am the one trying to fix the things I have control over. My loved one chose chemo. I just want to know how to relieve/ease his pain. Also, you can't undo a lifetime of bad influences just by starting today to take good care of yourself. My loved one was exposed to agent orange, asbestos, jet fuel, starvation as a pow--I'm just trying to make his last year(s) comfortable.

Replied by Louwrence
(Rustenburg South Africa)

Hi Teege, Try THC oil, look it up on the net eg Rick Simpson oil.

Replied by Sunscape

Question for Louwrence Rustenburg, South Africa: how much THC oil is used for the rash? Is it used topical or internal? If drops are used, how many drops? Thx.

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Posted by Coko Brown (Monroe, Louisiana) on 06/20/2012

ACV worked when nothing else would. I have a rash on my face from detoxing. I tried coconut oil, oil of oregano, and black castor oil. I then remembered Earth Clinic and came to the site to see what others have tried with success. The ACV has reduce the rash by 30-40% in 1 day. I will continue use it 2-3 time a day until it's gone. Thanks Earth Clinic! I've gotten great suggestions from this site.

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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 organic 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. I also got a spray bottle for any itching emergencies that came up during the day. After the third 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?

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Posted by Jewlez (Brooklyn, New York) on 05/12/2012

My 1 yr old has been with a so call "wild rash" for the past 2 weeks I took her to her Dr. and was given Atarax and Clotrimazole which did little to nothing but make her dig her skin out till it bleed as well as start talking in her sleep and sleep walking. I was at my wits end until I read about ACV. This has become my savior after reading about it I went asap to the nearest supermarket bought the biggest bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and started working on her. When I first applied it she screamed so loud she started to tremble and drool she said Ma its burning please stop it but I kept applying within "and I timed it" 7 mintues she said Ma I'm not burning or itching anymore. So its now 15 mintues later and the kid is playing and haven't scratch not one time. I'm so happy I read this article cause I'm so sleepy from the past 2 weeks. Thanks for the help I'm greatful.

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Posted by Fiascot (Piti, Guam) on 03/19/2012

Definitely ACV is a solution to a rash. This evening I found that I had a rash on my whole face. Basically traumatized by the fact that it was instantaneously itchy and burning, my sister gave me an antibiotic gel for the skin. I had that for about 25 minutes yet still had the urge to scratch and the burning sensation spread to my neck. So I decided to dilute ACV with water, dabbed the affected areas with a cotton ball and instantly the burning and itching went away. It has been a whole hour and no symptoms of the above has come about. The countless red bumps along my face and neck are rapidly smoothing out.

Back to bed for me! Thank you earth clinic and the many people who have posted of your experiences. ACV is definitely a need to have, not only in your kitchen, but also in your bathroom cabinet.

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Posted by Ashly (New York, Ny) on 03/12/2012

I discovered this weird extremely itchy, bumpy, red rash on the back of my legs at 23 weeks pregnany. It spread to my butt cheeks as well. Apparently there is this pregnancy induced rash called PUPPP. You can google it. I tried a bunch of medicated products that DID NOT WORK! Including: cortisone cream, A D ointment, prescription topical steroid cream, poison ivy cream, sarna lotion, and aveno oatmeal bath.

Finally, after reading these posts, this worked for me is 1) 2x day lather rash with Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap. It gives temporary relief due to the ingredient coconut oil. 2) natural aloe vera gelly (as close to 100% as you can get) and 3) apple cider vinegar COMPLETELY CURED the rash! I applied it with a cotton ball to the rash 2x a day and it has dried up. After the first use, my rash was not itchy within 1 hr. The next day it was 50% better. Now after 4 days of use, my skin is not bumpy and the rash is disappearing.

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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.