Rashes are small red bumps that appear on the skin where as hives are raised white or yellow bumps surrounded by red, inflamed skin. Both rashes and hives usually start as a burning sensation followed by itching. They can be caused by an allergen or irritant from food, clothing, or other household chemicals. Medications, poor digestion, or illness may also cause rashes or hives.
Some rashes come out of no where while others take several days to form on your skin. How long does it take for a rash to go away? Well it depends on a few factors including what type of rash it is and how quickly the inflammation can be reduced. Some will go away as quickly as they appeared while others may linger for longer periods of time. The good news is there are many rash natural remedies that can work fast without adverse side effects.
What is a Rash?
A skin rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, appearance, and/or texture. A rash can also be defined as an area of irritated or swollen skin. A fancier, medical word for a rash is dermatitis. An itchy rash is called allergic contact dermatitis. (1)
Signs and Symptoms
Rashes can occur all over the body. Sometimes they are very localized while other times they are widespread. There is a wide variety of symptoms and characteristic of skin rashes including: (2)
- Red or discolored skin
- Raised, red welts
- Red or discolored blotches
- Red or discolored bumps
- Ring shaped
- A lacy and slightly raised patch of skin
- Oozing sores that become crusty
- Pus-filled, crusty swellings
- Scaly or flaky skin patch
- Thick and leathery skin patch
Causes and Risk Factors
In general, rashes are caused by skin inflammation which in turn can have many causes. One of the most common forms of a rash is contact dermatitis which is caused when a substance of some sort irritates the skin. Contact dermatitis may cause mild redness of the skin or a rash of small red bumps. A more severe reaction may cause swelling, redness, and larger blisters.
Common causes of contact dermatitis include:
- Poison ivy or poison oak
- Soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes and lotions
- Latex allergy
- Food allergy
Rashes may also occur from viral infections like herpes zoster, fungal infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, lyme disease, bug bite or a heat rash.
Rash Home Remedies
Top Foods to Reduce Rashes
Organic foods – Help reduce your exposure to toxins and chemicals. Avoid fruits and vegetables that trigger an allergic reaction.
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables – These provide carotenoids which can help improve resistance to hives triggered by sun exposure.
Clean lean protein – Sufficient protein helps the immune system. Aim for 3-4 oz at minimum per meal. Shellfish can be problematic for some people, so it is best to avoid if it causes a reaction.
Flax and chia seeds – Can reduce systemic inflammation leading to a reduction in symptoms. Add ground chia or flax seeds to salads or add to a smoothie.
Cold-pressed oils – Look for oils that are not heated above 129 degrees during pressing such as olive oil, coconut oil, or palm oil.
Foods to Avoid
Any food that causes an allergic reaction – This can vary from person to person. Some common allergens include: gluten, nuts, shellfish, and dairy.
Conventional Dairy – Many people find that eliminating conventional cow’s dairy helps decrease symptoms.
Trans fats and hydrogenated oils – These fats increase inflammation which may lead to immune reactions.
Fried foods – These foods are difficult to digest and may make hives worse.
Processed foods – Many processed foods contain additives (under the term natural flavors or certain food dyes) that can cause allergic reactions in certain people.
Top 6 Rash Natural Remedies
#1 Vitamin C (2,000mg daily)
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has antihistamine properties.
#2 Nettle leaf (300 mg 3x daily)
Shown to be effective in reducing hives because it reduces overall histamine production.
#3 Quercetin (1000 mg 3x daily)
Anti-inflammatory flavonoid found in red wine, green tea, and onions. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.
#4 Vitamin B12 (800 mcg daily)
Vitamin B12 can help reduce the severity of acute hives.
#5 Green superfood drink
Supports detoxification and alkalizing the body.
Essential Oils for Rashes
Putting on essential oils topically like geranium, rose and lavender may improve rashes. Simply rub 3 drops of oil on the area 3x daily and if you have sensitive skin you can mix 3 drops with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil.