How to alleviate skin rashes
HOW TO ALLEVIATE SKIN RASHES
I have suffered for years from a skin rash I’m going to call " overhang skin rash", since I know of no other medical term that completely describes it. It happens in women who have overhanging stomachs and under the breasts where it’s warm and damp.. It’s very like jock itch in men. I’ve been to doctors who have recommended various expensive prescription creams and antibiotics, which helped for a while, but the rash always came back, worse than before.
One of my doctors told me to use Selsun Blue medicated shampoo for bathing and medicated Gold Bond powder to keep it dry, but it’s been a constant battle to prevent further outbreaks. Just when thought I had it under control I’d suddenly experience itching under my stomach or breasts, and it was back again. Sometimes it would be cover with a slimy mucous and when I washed that off it was as red as a sunburn. Painful too.
Another doctor told me to use anti-fungal products like Ting (anti-fugal spray powder) and I found an anti-fungal medicated soap, Fungi-Cure which helped — for a while. The rash had continued to return, so bad now I could barely walk at times and was spreading. I got to the point where I just felt I couldn’t live with it any more. I tried EVERYTHING from hydro-cortisone creams, aloe, burn medication, feminine hygiene products, Benedril anti-itch spray and bandages. Some of these actually made it worse. Finally I asked my new doctor to put me on diflucan, which had once helped a fungal infection I’d had on my back. Usually it took just one dose to get relief from the rash; this time it took four doses to start feeling better. She also told me that when I bathe to make sure the area is COMPLETELY dry, even if i have to use a blow dryer. She also said to cover the area with a cloth to keep it dry and avoid friction. I tried cut-up wash cloths, bandages and cotton, but it either it was too thick to be comfortable or not absorbent enough.
One day I was putting laundry away and, as usual. the dryer had eaten some of my socks. I never threw them away, hoping the mates would turn up one day. I tried using one in the crease of my stomach. It was perfect! It was soft and caused no friction, and absorbed the heat and moisture perfectly. I still use the powders and the Ting, bathe with unscented or medicated soaps, but the main cure has been using the socks.
I really hope this information is useful to women who suffer from the "overhang skin rash." It took me a long time to find something that worked. Who would have thought it would turn out to be un-mated socks? And it doesn’t cost an arm and a foot!
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