How to Stop an Itchy Rash With Home Remedies

Updated April 17, 2017

Skin rashes are fairly common afflictions that can be attributed to a variety of causes. Although they may sometimes be indicative of a more serious ailment, they are often easily treated at home using everyday items that will help ease skin rashes' itchiness and redness. Persistent skin problems should be reviewed by a medical doctor as they might be caused by a serious allergy or by disease. More minor rashes can be alleviated with simple solutions prepared in the home.

Apply aloe vera gel, olive oil, peppermint tea, chamomile tea or baking soda to the affected area. All of these substances have healing qualities that will soothe the skin and relieve the itch. Rub the aloe vera gel or olive oil directly into the rash. Wash the area with peppermint or chamomile tea or hold a wet teabag in place on the skin for a few minutes. Pat dry baking soda onto the rash. Alternatively, make a poultice using baking soda and just enough water to create a paste. Apply this mixture directly to the rash and wash it after a few minutes.

Prepare an oatmeal bath. Fill your bathtub with comfortably warm water and add in 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal. Make sure the oats are evenly distributed throughout the tub; climb in and settle down for a long soak. The oatmeal-infused water will soothe your skin, encouraging healing more quickly.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C, or take vitamin C tablets. Rashes are often the result of a compromised immune system. Vitamin C is known to bolster the immune system's capabilities. Increasing your intake of the vitamin will encourage your body to more quickly overcome the problem causing any rashes.

Don't use regular soap when washing the area. Instead, opt for a gentler body cleanser. Regular soaps are often harsh on sensitive skin. Using them on a rash can worsen the conditions and reverse any healing that has occurred.

Things You'll Need

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Olive oil
  • Peppermint tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Baking soda
  • Uncooked oatmeal
  • Vitamin C
  • Gentle body cleanser
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Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.