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Natural Cures for Skin Rashes

Updated on August 25, 2011

Skin rashes are fairly common conditions in many population groups. These kinds of rashes can be cause by irritants, bacteria, fungi, and allergic reactions to certain substances in the surrounding environment. People with allergies are often much more sensitive to skin rashes caused by irritants. These types of rashes can manifest themselves as contact dermatitis or eczema. Psoriasis is also a common skin condition that is caused by stress and internal autoimmune response. People with psoriasis may experience increased symptoms during times of illness or stress.

Fortunately, there are a number of natural cures and home remedies for itchy, scaly skin that can reduce itching and inflammation. These remedies can often treat many common skin rashes much more efficiently than over-the-counter medications. In more severe cases, however, prescription medications, such as steroid injections or prednisone tablets, may be necessary in order to stop the spread of the condition and reduce inflammation. This is often the case with allergic reactions such as poison ivy or poison oak, especially in people that are much more sensitive to these two types of plants.

For minor skin irritation, a cold compress is one of the most beneficial home remedies. The cold in the compress has been shown to reduce inflammation under the skin and can help prevent the rash from spreading. Oolong tea is derived from natural plant extracts, and is often used to treat skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Natural health practitioners recommend consuming one liter of oolong tea per day until the rash is no longer visible.

Aloe vera gel has been widely used in the treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions for centuries. Experts advise that it is the natural gel contained in the plant leaves that is the most beneficial element of the plant. However, aloe vera juices are also commonly used to treat stomach conditions such as ulcers or acid reflux. Aloe vera gel can be extracted from the plant simply by removing a leaf from a live plant and squeezing the gel from it. The same gel is also one of the most popular home remedies and natural cures for burns, cuts, scrapes, and even dry skin.

Milk is another home remedy that works for itching. A warm towel soaked in milk can be applied directly to the affected area of the skin. The compress should be held in place for 10-15 minutes in order to soothe irritated skin caused by hives, dermatitis, or eczema.

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