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What To Do About SkinRashes


If you get a rash as a side effect of treatment:

  • Ask your doctor:
    • For an over-the-counter or generic medication, cream or ointment that will help heal the rash and stop any itching. For example:
      • Coreticosteroid creams
      • Sunscreen
      • Calamine lotion for itching
      • Antihistimines to treat an allergic reaction
      • 100 percent pure sea butter
      • Analgesics (pain medications) if the rash is painful
    • Whether you can continue to use whatever lotions oils, or creams you generally use.
  • Wear loose, non-irritating clothing
  • When bathing:
    • Use a mild soap without performe and lukewarm water.
    • Do not use a cleaning brush or otherwise scrub the rash.
    • When drying the skin, gently pat the area instead of rubbing with a towel or wash cloth.
  • Avoid scratching the rash or area around the rash.
  • When outdoors, cover the rash with sunscreen or protective clothing to keep it from the sun - even on days when it is not sunny. 
  • Avoid tanning booths

Call your doctor or other healthcare professional:

  • If you get sweeling, chest pain or difficulty breathing. These could be signs of an allergic reaction that should be treated without delay.
  • Fever of 100.5 Degress Fahrenheit (38 degrees centigrate) or higher (which could indicate presence of an infection)
  • Itching, pain or other troubling symptoms accompanying a rash
  • Rash affecting the mucous membranes in the mouth or nose
  • Any blistering, peeling or open areas in the skin
  • If you suspect an infection in the skin or nails.



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