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Rash

Any form of irritation on the skin can be classified as a skin rash, and its incidence can be due to a lot of different factors. Additionally it may even signal more severe and hidden underlying disorders like the viral chickenpox and the measles, conditions like lupus and even many forms of allergies and other immune reactions, this is particularly so when the rash appears accompanied by other symptoms in the affected person. However the cause of common conditions like diaper rashes are due to localized inflamed tissue, and some rashes are always present from insect bites or reactions to chemicals. Internal metabolic disorders and or external factors may equally play a big part in the incidence of serious skin problems such as those witnessed during eczema, or psoriasis and even conditions like seborrhea in a person, these conditions can be caused by underlying inner or outer factors.

A great deal of importance must be attached to different symptoms that accompany the onset of the skin rash and this criteria is used to establish and confirm the type of skin disorder that has set in, aside from outward signs such as appearance and persistence of the rash or even where in the body it appears. The culprits are usually some form of fungal infections or eczema whenever the rashes are intensely itchy and have well defined regions that are affected on the body of the patient. For example, the welts and the extreme itch that occur during conditions like hives, make it easy to spot the disorder and take appropriate steps in its elimination. A receding infection of eczema or psoriasis is the typical suspects when the skin undergoes some scaling or if scaly areas appear on it. The intense heat in the summer may bring on prickly heat on the skin, and in particular any form of sunburn during the intense heat of the day can also cause it to appear. The typical signs of prickly heat are the development of intense itching in areas of the skin with minute pimples. The regions of the body that are well endowed with sweat glands are the usual area this condition affects, places like the inner thighs, and the condition in general commonly afflicts children during the summer.

The first line of the body's defense is the integumentary system or the skin, as it blocks almost all external agents from entering the body. The metabolic system of the human body is very completely connected to the skin and the integumentary system as such forms the body's single largest organ and covers the entire human frame, having active functions in excretion, thermal regulation and immunity. Therefore the onset of any form of inner metabolic disorder, changes in the levels of hormones and chemical imbalances, a deficient diet and nutrient intake, even incidences of impaired digestive functions and constipation can all easily contribute to the appearance of external and obvious rashes on the skin. A defective diet and nutrition, can lead to liver dysfunction and impairment of the digestive tract, both these factors are the usual causes or underlying reasons for skin rashes in the individual.

Immune reactions such as allergies and allergenic substances are also typical reasons for the appearance of rashes on the skin in many people. The presence of emotional stress and psychological problems in an individual tends to aggravate the condition and leads to a worsening of the symptoms. Skin conditions such as impetigo and even scabies are brought on due to invasion of the body by pathogenic and virulent bacteria. The skin's own defensive function can be strongly disturbed when artificial means such as the application of cortisone and antibiotic ointments are done to rid the body of rashes, the detoxification and other natural abilities of the skin must be given priority, as the organ can with sufficient time rid itself of most disorders.

Supplements and herbs

A deficiency of some essential fatty acids from the diet of a person can be the reason for the appearance of rashes on the skin in many cases of the disorder in a person. The anti-inflammatory functions of the essential fatty acids as well as there excellent and important role as nutrients is the reason why, a depletion of these acids can bring about rashes, therefore supplementing these fatty acids in the diet is a very important step during the treatment of skin rashes and other similar disorders of the integument in the human body. The essential fatty acids as such abound in the oil of many herbs, and especially so in the oil sourced from the evening primrose herb, or even a mixture of essential herbal oils, and these can all be used as supplements to restore the essential fatty acid balance in the body. Health in the skin is also promoted by classes of other substances such as the vitamins A and E and related compounds like the beta-carotene, abundant in carotene rich plants. The poison ivy plant can also bring about rashes on the skin due to an allergic reaction, in these cases massive doses of the vitamin C combined with plant based natural substances called bioflavonoids can be used as successful supplements to deal with the rash. All allergic responses of the skin to the allergens present in the poison ivy can be cured using the vitamin C as a supplement. As a bonus, the connective tissues in the body are also restored and bolstered by the vitamin, aside from its role as a nutrient. Detoxification is an important role that the skin plays, to this end, the minimization of levels of toxic compounds through the cleansing of the liver and the kidney, washing the bowels assumes importance, as toxic substance accumulation is a factor in all cases of chronic skin problems and skin disorders of many types. The chlorophyll present in large amounts in many green food supplements, can cleanse blood and aid in detoxification aside from restoring cellular function.

The stimulation of the liver and the kidneys, including the performance of a detoxification action on the blood and a cleansing action in the body, all of which is provided by the combination juices and herbal remedies given below will be extremely successful in dealing with skin rashes and other disorders of the skin.

The functioning of the gall bladder and the stimulation of the liver, along with a purification of the blood can be achieved by the supplements using the herbal juices of the dandelion and nettle herbs. Dosages can include the consumption thrice daily of a tbsp. of the fresh juices on a regular basis during the treatment period. Renal function and the kidneys in general are stimulated by drink a tea made using the sage. To prepare this tea, use some water to boil sage leaves for about three minutes, the resulting liquid can be strained and used as an herbal supplement. Because of its excellent value as an astringent and analgesic agent, and due to its additional benefits as an anti-inflammatory and bactericidal agent, the bark of the white willow plant remains one of the most effective herbal remedies as far as the treatment of the majority of disorders of the skin are concerned. Drink about two to three cups of the herbal tea made form the bark, every day. The tea can be prepared by steeping a tsp. of the powdered bark in a cup of boiling water. A topical ointment can also be made form the bark by combining two cups of boiling water with 4 tbsp. of the bark powder, precautions should be taken to ensure that this topical wash does not get into the eyes of the user. An analgesic and disinfectant ability is also inherent in the herb called the wild daisy, and this property can be utilized in treatment. A tea can be made form this plant using a cup of boiling water to steep two tsp. of the flowers and leaves of the plant, the resulting liquid can be strained and drunk two times a day as a herbal tea. Applying the tea externally onto the rash is another good option. The skin can be stimulated by the application of a salve made form the rosemary herb, this herb can also be added to bath water as a further external measure against skin conditions. Diluted solutions of the oils of the chamomile, and the violet or the tea tree oil and even extra diluted virgin olive oil can soothe inflamed skin and heal rashes, these can all be applied topically onto the affected regions of the body as a final herbal measure.

Homeopathy

In order to alleviate the inflamed tissue and to minimize the discomfort caused by the itching sensations, the homeopathic remedies given below will prove to be of use.

  • Anacardium or.
    Anacardium or. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of people affected with skin rashes where the incidence of the rashes is due to allergens present in poison oak, or where the rashes are caused by other forms of contact dermatitis and external agents. Some of the first outward physical symptoms of the condition in such individuals are the appearance of an intensely itchy rash, usually accompanied by immense swelling and fluid-filled blisters on the affected regions of the skin. Such symptoms can worsen when hot water or some source of heat comes into contact with the affected area, the itching sensation typically increasing under such conditions. The appearance of any of these symptoms requires the utilization of Anacardium or. as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Apis
    Apis is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of person affected with skin rashes where an allergic response from the body to an allergen was the cause of the rash, resulting in a condition like hives, this treatment must also be followed where the rash is pinkish in color and is accompanied by a swelling in the affected area usually appearing with burning and or stinging pain and discomfort. Further more the application of external cold compresses can alleviate the swelling and the discomfort in the affected regions of the body. The appearance of any of these symptoms in the body of the affected person requires the utilization of Apis as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Belladonna
    Belladonna is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of afflicted individuals where the appearance of the skin rash is sudden with a hot and throbbing sensation in the affected region of the skin, often turning a bright red in color. The presence of a fever may also be another physiological symptom of the condition. The presence of any one of these symptoms signals the need to use Belladonna as a homeopathic remedy in the patient.
  • Bryonia
    Bryonia is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of afflicted individuals where the skin rash that appears has a bumpy feel, sensations such as a hot feeling may be present, this remedy is also preferred in treating dry rashes, such symptoms usually respond well to this herb. The patient may display typical symptoms of the condition such as worsening rapidly when exposed to heat and even slight pressure, such as a tender touch, however, the itchy sensation may be alleviated when the person lies down and pressure is applied onto the affected areas to topically soothe the pain as in a massage. Psychologically the person may prefer being alone and lying stock still, for long periods of time, if there is any illness accompanying the rashes on the skin. The appearance of any of these symptoms in the person signals the need to use Bryonia as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Graphites
    Graphites is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals affected by skin rashes where the rashes come one with eruptions on the surface oozing a sticky golden colored fluid, these fluids then dry and encrust the rash. Other symptoms are the presence of intense itchy sensations that may worsen from exposure to warmth of any kind and can rapidly aggravate in intensity during the night, causing great discomfort to the person. The appearance of any of these symptoms requires the utilization of Graphites as a homeopathic remedy by the person.
  • Ledum
    Ledum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with a skin rash, where the rash is given to swelling and puffiness along with itchy sensations. The application of cold compresses may soothe the discomfort felt from the swollen and itchy areas. The appearance of any of these symptoms in the affected person requires the immediate use of Ledum as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Natrum mur.
    Natrum mur. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with skin rashes where the rashes are of the chronic type, typically appearing on the edges of the scalp or in areas where the knees and elbows are bent. The appearance of the rash is scaly and dry, however all the other regions of the skin of the affected individual is very oily in appearance. The other signs of the condition are the worsening of the person when he or she is exposed to direct sunlight, the person may also aggravate the symptoms greatly if undertaking any form of physical exertion during the occurrence of the condition. Emotionally caused problems can also be alleviated by Natrum muriaticum, especially those concerned with romantic disappointments, as such psychosomatic factors can cause, conditions like hives to appear on the skin, due to the emotional stress felt by the person, factors like grief can also be contributory psychological conditions. The chances of herpes occurring as an accompaniment are also high in such individuals. The appearance of any of these symptoms in the individual requires the use of Natrum Mur. as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Rhus tox.
    Rhus tox. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with skin rashes where the formation of blisters is often seen accompanied by severe burning and itchy sensations, these affected areas of the skin can be alleviated through the application of heat or by bathing using heated water. Other symptoms in the affected individual are restlessness and a constant need to move around. The appearance of any of these symptoms requires the utilization of Rhus tox. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the rash.
  • Sepia
    Sepia is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals with rashes on the skin that show a scaly appearance with a reddish or brownish coloration of the affected area of the skin. The condition of the person improves in warm areas and on wearing warm clothes, however, excessive warmth may induce perspiration and this resulting sweating can aggravate the sensations such as the intense desire to itch. The appearance of one or any of these symptoms in the individual requires the utilization of Sepia as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Sulphur
    Sulphur is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals with skin rashes that show a red coloration on the affected area, the skin undergoes intense irritation and itchy sensations are uncontrollable, heat seems to worsen the burning sensations, while contact with water may also aggravate the itchiness on the skin. Affected persons also complain of a worsening of the symptoms when they are accidentally touched or brought into contact with woolen clothes and to a lesser extent other types of clothing. While some relief may be obtained from the itchy sensations by scratching the affected area, this is not advisable as the skin can break and the itch can worsen as a consequence. The types of symptoms seen especially the forms of the eruptions on the skin can be scaly or dry in appearance, on the other hand the appearance can also be moist and susceptible to infection as a result. The appearance of any of these symptoms will mean the necessity of Sulphur as the homeopathic remedy.
  • Urtica
    Urtica is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of a skin rash afflicting a person having all the symptoms of a nettle rash in appearance as well as in the sensations, the skin is covered by blotches, accompanied with an intense stinging and burning sensation. The symptoms can in general worsen greatly when the person can no longer control his or her desire to scratch, such activities aggravate the symptoms in the affected parts, often brining on fresh blotches elsewhere. The condition can generally be alleviated though the external application of cold compresses onto the affected region. This particular homeopathic remedy is also effective and useful against all skin rashes induced by allergies to foods like shellfish, in rashes that come along with conditions such as rheumatism and also in symptoms induced by the body heating up due to fever or because of exertion. The appearance of any of these symptoms calls for the use of the Urtica as a homeopathic remedy onto the affected regions of the body.

Additional things you may do

To improve the chances of the natural ability of the body to heal on its own, rest and regular periods of relaxation are necessary and important as part of the treatment. Tension and all forms of activities that may generate intense stress must be avoided as a rule. Other treatments like using liquid whey or clay and bran masks as external or topical treatment options may also greatly reduce the symptoms. The absorptive capacity for toxins in clay is very high and this substance must be used as a soothing massage and coating from time to time to relieve symptoms.

Usual dosage

  • Oil of Evening primrose, 2x500 mg capsules thrice a day
  • Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids) 1,000 mg
  • Vitamin E (with tocopherols) 400-800 IU two times a day
  • Beta-carotene, 50,000 IU or vitamin A, 25,000 IU (warning: avoid during pregnancy)
  • Green food supplements - one tbsp.

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