Skin rashes may be caused by infections or other diseases, however, some rashes can be caused by an allergic reaction to a prescribed medicine. If this is the case you should stop taking the suspected medicine right away. The rash may continue to get worse for one to two days. It should begin to get better after five to seven days. See doctor if:
- The rash does not improve or gets worse
- You have fever or feel like you have the flu (loss of appetite, Nausea)
How can you treat the rash?
For rashes that are itchy:
- Cool the skin with a lukewarm shower several times a day. You can also try a bath, adding an oatmeal bath preparation or 4 tablespoon of baking soda to the water.
- Ask your pharmacist for advise about creams and lotions to relieve the itch. Ointments can be used for dry areas and creams are recommended for moist areas. Lotions are useful for the scalp and other hairy areas.
Examples of nonprescription products:
- Plain Calamine lotion or Zinc Oxide
- Hydrocortisone 0.5%
- Unscented Moisturizing creams
*** Follow the Pharmacist instructions on how to use these products
- Keep creams and ointments in the fridge. The coolness will help control the itch
- Avoid tight clothing or rough fabrics
- Avoid getting your body overheated, dress lightly
- Check with your pharmacist whether you can take antihistamine to relieve the itching.
- The use of antihistamine creams (Benadryl cream) is not recommended