We have some great baths for hives and rashes, these rash treatments are not only soothing, they're very effective and should be a part of your home remedies for hives and rashes.
Treatments for hives and rash treatments are basically the same. We'll offer some great bath treatments below but first some simple basic 101 on the subject.
Some people wonder how can you tell the difference between rashes and hives? Hives typically appear as raised, itchy bumps. Rashes typically appear as inflammation that changes the color and texture of our skin with only a slight raise on the skins surface.
There are numerous causes for both - Hives often are the result of an allergic reaction but they can also be due to stress, heat, sun exposure, medicines, shots, infections, pollen, thyroid disease and even insect bites.
Rashes can also be triggered by allergic reactions but there's many other causes as well. Rashes could be the result of a fungal, bacterial or viral infection, anxiety, even menstruation.
There are also several conditions that will result in rashes. Eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, shingles and of course childhood illness such as measles, rosella, chicken pox and rubella being the post common.
You're probably itching just reading this and ready for some relief, so Bath Treatments, here we come!!
Add 1/2 - 1 Cup to warm bath
The baking soda helps to stop
Soak 20-40 minutes
Oatmeal - Add 1 - 2 Cups to warm bath. It's best to grind oatmeal finely or buy colloidal. Another option is to let it soak in a pan of warm water (not hot, you don't want to cook it!) Then strain and pour the water into your bath. Another option is a drain screen over your bathtub drain.
The oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to normalize your skin's pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.
Baking Soda & Oatmeal - You can combine the two above for your bath.
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda and 1 Cup of Oatmeal (following the recommendations from above)
Cornstarch - Add 2 Cups of cornstarch to 4 Cups of warm water, mix well and pour into your warm bath.
Cornstarch absorbs moisture without drying skin (which is why it's used for baby powder) and helps prevent the recurrence of itching in body places that are susceptible to moisture. It also possesses anti-inflammatory benefits, it calms itchy skin, rashes and burns.
Cottonseed Oil Bath - 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Cottonseed oil added to bath
Cottonseed oil contains high levels of Vitamin E which is healing to the skin and helps stop itching as well as moisturizes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add 2 Cups of ACV to your warm bath.
Option: 1 part ACV 2 parts water - use as a spritz.
If you choose the spritz, use a clean spray bottle and spray yourself. Allow it to dry before putting on lose clothing.
Acetic acid from the apple breaks down and has proven helpful in both healing and itching relief.
Basil - Add 1 0z dried basil in approx. 1 qt water and bring to a simmer - allow to steep. Strain and add to bath. (you can also apply this tea mixture directly on your hives or rash - spritz or saturate cloth and apply.
Basil contains Eugenol which is a topical anesthetic effective against itchy skin rashes
These baths for hives and rashes are great but I would be remiss leaving out Aloe Vera.
Although aloe has nothing to do with baths, it's a great treatment for skin. I've mentioned this on a few other bath treatment pages because I've seen and experienced the healing properties of this great plant!
If you don't have fresh aloe, you can apply Aloe Vera gel directly on your rash or hives, it's soothing and very healing!
Wishing You A Speedy Recovery!
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