Occasional rashes may be the result of a minor skin irritation or signal an infection, illness or allergy. Rashes are more common the older we get and possible underlying illnesses more threatening. Treatment methods can be doctor prescribed, over the counter or nutrition-based.
Below are some common rashes and ways to treat them, including dietary remedies. Important: We do not give medical advice, please always consult a doctor
Rashes & Immunity
Skin is our protective barrier from a lot of diseases, infections and irritations that would seek to invade the body, and once that barrier is compromised and our immunity weakened, we are more open to disease invasion. Rashes occur more frequently among seniors for this reason. It’s a process that occurs with age, as the skin thins out and becomes less elastic.
In senior citizens, becoming more sedentary and immobile, prolonged periods of time in soiled diapers, malnutrition and side effects from prescription medications can all contribute to rashes too. As common as rashes are, when they last for more than two or three days a red flag should be raised.
Common Rashes and Symptoms
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease characterized by an itchy, scaly rash that occurs as a faulty immune response. Skin cells are produced in abundance and accumulate in patches all over the body, causing the typical unsightly, itchy and flaky rashes. This condition could signal heart problems, or may occur in diabetics and depressed individuals.
Shingles occurs when chicken pox pops up again later in life. It’s essentially the adult version of chicken pox, but the symptoms include a painful, red, itchy rash. Though the shingles rash is short-lived, it is sometimes followed by postherpetic neuralgia, once shingles has wreaked havoc on nerves in the body.
Eczema is similar to psoriasis in appearance and the two are often mistaken for one another. Eczema also produces a red, itchy, scaly rash on the arms, legs and armpits.
The primary way rashes are treated is by applying topical creams, and that usually does the trick. In addition to creams and ointments, doctors may prescribe antiviral drugs and steroids or administer treatments by injection. Milder forms of treatment include soaking in baths treated with aloe, oatmeal or other similar agent to relieve itching and soothe the pain from inflammation.
Dietary Treatment for Rashes
Some of the main symptoms with rashes are itching, dryness, and inflammation – all of which can be alleviated with proper diet.
For itch relief, you can apply oatmeal or honey directly to the skin or soak in a bath of chamomile tea. You should also eat more foods rich in vitamins A, C and E.
To hydrate the skin and eliminate dryness, the first line of defense is water – and lots of it. You should also eat more foods that contain lots of water like cucumbers, watermelon and other fruits. Cucumbers can even be applied to rashes for soothing relief.
To reduce and eliminate inflammation, eat more fruits and veggies (and particularly bright-colored fruits, dark leafy vegetables, beans, and sweet potatoes), fatty fish, dairy products like yogurt and cheese, virgin olive oil, nuts, garlic, herbs (like chili peppers, parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil and ginger) dark chocolate, green tea, milk and water. Processed foods and drinks exacerbate the problem.