Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Rash Adult Home Care

Home care for rashes in adults includes:

  • Avoid substances that trigger rashes.
  • If the rash is red, itchy or flaky:
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
  • Use hypoallergenic soap.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
    • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
    • Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
    • Wear a hat.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Keep the skin dry if the rash is moist.
  • Wear cotton clothing.
  • Take oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take your medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

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Skin Rash Adult Itching

Home treatment for rashes that cause itching in adults include:

  • Cleanse itchy skin with mild soap and water.
  • Massage itchy areas with an ice cube or apply a cold compress.
  • Take a cool bath or shower to reduce itching.
    • Consider oatmeal (Aveeno) baths.
  • Try to avoid the substance that caused the reaction.

Medications for itching include:

Skin Rash Adult Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a rash and any of the following:

Seek medical care immediately for:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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