A rash is an eruption of the skin that is usually temporary.
The eruptions are typically spots on the skin or areas of redness and inflammation.
Although most rashes are not symptoms of a serious health problem, they can be signs of allergies, liver and gallbladder problems, lupus, bleeding disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.
Rashes can also be due to the elimination of toxic wastes through the skin, or of an active immune reaction to an invading organism. Suppression of such a rash can lead to chronic disease states. Rather than try to suppress the rash, in such cases watchful waiting may be more advisable.
Caution: If your rash becomes chronic, forms a “butterfly” shape over your cheeks, or is accompanied by high fever and joint pains, seek immediate medical attention to rule out more serious illnesses.
Some common, non-infectious rashes are listed below:
Seborrheic Dermatitis: The single most common rash affecting adults, Seborrheic dermatitis produces a red, scaling eruption that characteristically affects the scalp, forehead, brows, cheeks, and external ears.
Atopic Dermatitis: Often known as eczema, this is a common disorder of childhood which produces red, itchy, weeping rashes on the inner aspects of the elbows and in back of the knees as well as the cheeks, neck, wrists, and ankles.
Contact Dermatitis: A rash that is brought on either by contact with a specific chemical to which the patient is uniquely allergic or with a substance that directly irritates the skin, some chemicals are both irritants and allergens to contact dermatitis. This rash can also occasionally be weepy and oozy, and affects the parts of the skin which have come in direct contact with the offending substance.
Diaper Rash: This is a common type of contact dermatitis that occurs in many infants who wear diapers when faeces and urine are in contact with skin for too long.
Stasis Dermatitis: A weepy, oozy dermatitis that occurs on the lower legs of individual who have chronic swelling because of poor circulation in veins.
Psoriasis: This bumpy scaling eruption never weeps or oozes and tends to occur on the scalp, elbows, and knees. It can lead to silvery flakes of skin that scale and fall off.
Nummular Eczema: Also weepy and oozy, it’s a dermatitis that tends to occur a coin-shaped plaques in the winter time and is associated with very dry skin.
Avoid using scented or heavy products on and around the rash to give it ample time to heal.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Juicing and adding cereal grasses to your diet will help to add vital nutrients to the body. Choose fresh vegetable juices, such as spinach, parsley, cilantro and dandelion are great for the blood. Green foods are rich in chlorophyll and iron, which helps cleanse the blood.Cereal grasses such as barley grass and wheat grass are powerful cleansers. Juicing these grasses in addition to vegetable juices will help to energize and restore the body to health.Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how.
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system: Click here to find out more.
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Steam baths have been in existence for thousands of years, and are used to promote good health and well-being. Many people use steam therapy as a part of their normal health routine. Another term for steam is hyperthermia and the technique can be beneficial for rashes, as it cleanses the skin.
Benefits of Steam:
Some of the known health benefits of steam include:
- Detoxification of the body
- Easier breathing
- Stress relief
- Muscle aches and pains
- Increased circulation
- Cleansing of the skin
- Boosted immune system
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
When it comes to diet, it is very important to avoid eating toxins and. Your diet should contain foods that heal, unrefined salt, vegetable juices, fats that heat and fruits.
Certain rashes react rather violently to the intake of eggs or chicken products. To avoid the possible aggravation of the rashes, it would be best to avoid these foods for the duration of the rash treatment.
Screen for and eliminate any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid all processed foods and chemical food additives.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Rashes can be caused due to a deficiency of some essential fatty acids from the diet. Essential fatty acids as such abound in the oil of many herbs, especially in the oil sourced from evening primrose.
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 following nutrients can be helpful to speed healing: vitamin A and vitamin E (both orally and applied topically over the affected areas), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (EFAs), flaxseed oil, and amma linolenic acid (GLA). In addition, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drink every fifteen minutes. Do this three times, and then every two to three hours for two to three days or until the reaction subsides.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
The first step in the Ayurvedic approach to skin care is identifying the Ayurvedic skin type. If Vata is predominant, for example, skin is dry, rough, cold and wrinkled. Skin care products for vata skin types should include essential oils or herbs in combination. Sufficient sleep and regular meals can help balance vata and nourish the skin, thus avoiding emotional and physical strength, too.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine, a diagnosis of skin rashes based on the characteristics of the lesions.
If the skin feels dry, this means the condition involves blood deficiency. If it looks red, this means the patient has heat (inflammation) in the blood. The redder the skin, the more heat in the blood. This will get worse in hot weather. Almost all cases of eczema involve heat (inflammation) in the blood.
If the lesions have any purple color present, however, this means the condition involves blood stagnation.
Research shows that acupuncture can treat a variety of skin conditions.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Essential oils are naturally extracted from plants and used in aromatherapy to treat the symptoms of various health problems. It is believed that essential oils possess a wide number of therapeutic properties. Essential oils that are suitable for treating skin rashes contain properties that are antiseptic, anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-infectious. Essential oils with these properties can help to calm the skin and reduce redness, itching and pain.
Although essential oils are used to treat skin rashes and skin irritations, be aware that some essential oils themselves may cause skin irritation.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sulfur, Graphites, and Calc carb.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
You could also try any of the following home remedies:
Natural Remedy using Margosa Leaves and Turmeric Powder:
1. Crush some margosa leaves
2. Take 1 tbsp of this pulp
3. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder
4. Mix well to make a paste
5. Apply on the affected areas
Remedy with Mustard Oil and Margosa Leaves:
1. Take 200 g of mustard oil
2. Add 50 g of margosa leaves
3. Heat the mustard oil
4. Stop when the leaves turn black
5. Allow the oil to cool
6. Strain the oil and apply on the affected area 3 times a day
Natural Home Remedy using Aloe Vera:
1. Remove the outer skin of aloe vera leaves
2. Extract gel from inside
3. Apply this gel on the affected skin
4. Leave it for 30 min
5. Do this 2 times a day
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Purifying your body on the inside is a great way to start to help alleviate symptoms of rash. Fasting, detoxifying, modifying your diet and the use of herbs are a few ways to naturally cleanse your body and reduce skin rashes.
Detoxifying with herbs is another way to cleanse and purify the blood. Some purifying herbs include:
- Yellow Dock Root
- Burdock Root
- Dandelion Root
- Red Clover Tops
- Pau D’Arco
- Cranesbill (Alum)
The following herbal remedies can speed healing: A tincture of equal parts burdock root and gentian root, the fresh juice of coriander, and/or aloe vera juice or gel.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically to the affected areas.
Juice Therapy – Juicing and adding cereal grasses to your diet will help to add vital nutrients to the body. Fresh vegetable juices such as spinach, parsley, cilantro and dandelion are great for the blood. Green foods are rich in chlorophyll and iron which helps cleanse the blood.
Cereal grasses such as barley grass and wheat grass are powerful cleansers. Juicing these grasses in addition to vegetable juices will help to energize and restore the body to health.
Drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices on a daily basis, especially carrot, beet, radish, and garlic juice.
Yoga – Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be triggered or worsened by emotional factors as well. Bouts of depression and stress often lead to an outbreak of skin problems. A regular yoga practice can help keep your moods stable. WomenFitness.net suggests incorporating yogic breathing exercises, called pranayama, into your yoga practice as well as relaxing postures such as child’s pose and corpse pose.
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Home remedy for eczema: www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-eczema.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Essential oils for skin rashes: www.livestrong.com/article/201500-essential-oil-for-skin-rashes/
Herbs for skin rashes: dherbs.com/articles/skin-rash-108.html
Home remedies for rashes: www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=173
Thorsons Natural Health – Skin Problems: Safe alternatives without drugs [Paperback] by Leon Chaitow
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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