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How to deal with skin rashes

This is a continuation from an earlier article, The Possible Causes of Sudden Skin Rashes.

First thing first, if you consistently develop skin rashes and the rashes are quite serious, you really need to get yourself checked by a doctor- because constant recurrence could mean other things like fungal infection, compromised liver function, skin diseases, STDs (if it happens at the genital areas).

But for those that comes on and off, especially if after you notice you’ve eaten a certain food, then here’s the quick kill:

1. Clean up the affected area and keep it dry

If you are outdoors and sweating, it could make the condition worse. Clean up the area with soap- if it is your face, wash it clean and don’t apply moisturiser or make-up.

2. Apply talcum powder.

This simple remedy really works. Especially the medicated or anti bacteria talcum powder- it works better. But if you don’t have it, then any normal talcum powder would do. But you have to make sure you are not allergic to the talcum powder too :)

If you get the rashes at night and apply it before you go to sleep, the rash would normally dissapear when you wake up. Talcum powder keeps the area dry and no bacteria activity can take place in a dry area.

Long term prevention

Symptoms like this also gives an indication of our health condition. As mentioned earlier, our body have to deal with allergens, bacteria and viruses all the time- when our immune system is strong, our white blood cells will settle with all this allergens. But when it is weak, then these conditions manifest itself.

Personally for me, I know for a fact that drinking my favourite brands of coffee help to set off rashes, itchy throat, etc. Still, I can’t seem to quit coffee- I need the constant caffeine boost. But I’ve learn to cut down on the gourmet coffee like espressos, lattes or cappuccinos and stick to the more normal ones. I also try to drink not more than 2 cups a day- if I can, sometimes I try to stick to one cup.  I also notice that the rashes tend to reoccur more often or it gets worse when I:

  • become dehydrated- not drinking enough of water or drink cold water (cold drinks compromise our immune system)
  • not eating well enough- especially when I do not take enough fruits and vegetables but take a bit too much of processed/fried food
  • skip exercising sessions- even though gyms are bacteria breeding ground, the health benefits we get from exercising far outweighs the bacteria concern. When we exercise, our circulation system works better- the digestive system functions well, toxins are more efficiently removed, nutrients and oxygen gets delivered to our cells- making them healthy
  • am stressed, upset or feeling down- when your emotions are in the dumps, so is your immune system. There is a connection between the two.  That’s why now I constantly learn to relax, and learn to lead a simplier life, including taking a pay cut but having more inner peace.

Therefore a seemingly innocent condition like rashes could be your body’s message to you- that you are not that well inside and it’s time you start taking care of your health. We cannot avoid the allergens unless you breath fresh air, drink clean water, take 100% organic food. Since some of it may not be possible for those of us staying and earning a living in cities, we have to do what we can to improve our immune and both our physical and mental health. We can’t change the world, but we can certainly change ourselves.

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