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Rash Treatments

Rash: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for a rash are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of a rash and the desire to scratch and decreases the risk of developing complications, such as a secondary bacterial infection.

Treatment for a rash due to an allergy or such causes as contact dermatitis or eczema includes a combination of treatments that include lifestyle changes with medications and other treatments as appropriate. This includes avoiding exposure to irritants and allergens and minimizing skin dryness. Typical skin irritants and allergens include soaps, chemicals, cleaning products, weeds, and some metals, such as nickel. Skin dryness can be avoided or treated by using a perfume-free moisturizer, avoiding scratchy clothes, and using a home humidifier. Other important steps include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using mild soaps, not over washing or scrubbing skin, and avoiding hot tubs, steam baths, saunas and chlorinated swimming pools.

Ice bags or cool wet compresses may be helpful to help relieve a rash. Therapy can also include taking an oatmeal bath and using oatmeal soap, such as Aveeno. More severe cases of a rash may be treated with a corticosteroid cream, which reduces inflammation and an antihistamine, which reduces a rash. These medications can have side effects, so they should only be taken under the direction of a licensed health care clinician.

Allergy shots may be needed for people with moderate to severe allergies. Parasitic infections, such as pubic lice, are treated with medications that contain a pesticide. Fungal infections, such as athlete's foot, are treated with medications that contain an anti-fungal medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat a secondary bacterial infection cause by excessive scratching of the skin.

If a rash is caused by a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, treatment generally includes a shot of epinephrine and hospitalization and close monitoring.

Treatment of infectious disease that can cause a rash varies depending on the type of the disease. Meningitis generally requires hospitalization.

Rash: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Rash from various sources may include:

Treatments for Dermatitis

The following treatments are listed for Dermatitis in our knowledge base:

Alternative Treatments for Rash

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Rash in various sources may include:

  • Ayurvedic cleansing program (panchakarma)
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Neem herbalized oil- topical, on exposed body parts
  • Ayurvedic dietary changes
  • Ayurvedic herbal remedy for pitta-type allergies
  • Bloodletting, or donate blood periodically
  • Blood-cleansing Ayurvedic herbal remedy-by mouth
  • Triphala (Ayurvedic medicine)-by mouth
  • Burdock tea
  • Ayurvedic tea for skin allergies
  • Tikta ghrita (bitter ghee)-topical
  • Oatmeal bath
  • Selenium
  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Lavender oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Acupuncture
  • Horsetail compress
  • Hua Tuo (Chinese herbal supplement)
  • Lukewarm water bathing
  • Maintain skin moisture
  • Cold water compress
  • Cold milk compress
  • Avoid antiperspirant
  • Calamine lotion
  • Sarna lotion
  • Avoid synthetic clothing
  • Cotton clothing
  • Avoid rapid temperature changes
  • Avoid baby lotion
  • Urea-containing moisturizer
  • Oregon grape tea-by mouth
  • Rinse clothing twice after washing
  • Humidify environment
  • Nambudripad's allergy elimination technique (NAET)
  • Turmeric and sandalwood in milk paste-topical
  • Cumin, coriander and raw sugar-by mouth
  • Melon
  • Melon rind (flesh side)-topical
  • Unscented moisturizers
  • Non-soap cleansers
  • Comfortably warm, not hot water for bathing
  • Avoid getting overheated
  • Close-fitting pajamas with flat seams
  • Green (organic) cotton clothing
  • Keep a food diary to link diet to skin problems
  • Reduce stress

Drugs and Medications used to treat Rash:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Rash may include:

  • Dexamethasone
  • Clobetasol
  • Clobevate
  • Clobex
  • Cormax
  • Embeline
  • Embeline E
  • Dermovate
  • Gen-Clobetasol
  • Novo-Clobetasol
  • Clocortolone
  • Cloderm
  • Lidex
  • Lidex-E
  • Fluocinonide
  • Lidemol
  • Lyderm
  • Lydonide
  • Tiamol
  • Topsyn
  • Flurandrenolide
  • Cordran
  • Cordran SP
  • Lidocaine and Hydrocortisone
  • Lida-Mantle HC
  • Bufexamac
  • Paraderm
  • Fungo Soothing Balm
  • Paraderm Plus
  • Fenugreek
  • Ichthammol
  • Egoderm Cream
  • Ichthammol Ointment
  • Eogerm Ointment
  • Saint John's Wort
  • Aveeno Anti-itch
  • Caldecort
  • Caldecort Light
  • Cortaid Intensive Therapy
  • Cortaid Maximum Strength
  • Cortaid Sensitive Skin w/aloe
  • Cortixaine
  • Cortizone-5
  • Cortizone-10
  • Cortizone-10 Plus
  • Cortizone 10 Quick Shot
  • Dermarest Dricort
  • Dermarest Eczema Medicated
  • Gynecort Anti-itch
  • Hytone
  • Ivy Soothe
  • Ivy State Dual Action Poison Ivy Exfoliant and Treatment
  • Lanacort
  • Massengill Medicated Towelettes
  • Nupercainal HC 1%Scalpicin
  • Chamomile

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Rash:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Rash may include:

  • Disulfiram - mainly used to treat dermatitis caused by nickel exposure
  • Antabuse - mainly used to treat dermatitis caused by nickel exposure

Latest treatments for Rash

The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Rash:

Treatments for Causes of Rash

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Rash:

More causes: not all possible causes for Rash are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Rash.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Rash:

The following list of conditions have 'Rash' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Rash:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Rash' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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