Aloe Vera For Rashes
So we’re back once again with another update on the wonders of Aloe Vera and how this plant can possibly help you! Today we are going to have a look at Aloe Vera for rashes and ask if there are any benefits.
We will delve into how Aloe may be able to treat rashes, itching skin, and allergic reactions, who should avoid this idea, and all the necessary precautions you may need to take. (if any)
What Is A Rash?
There are so many different causes of rashes; which can include changes in skin color, texture, and appearance. Each of these symptoms can be referred to as a rash but are not to be confused with bruises. (they come from beneath the skin, rashes are usually external or atop of the skin)
What Causes Rashes and Itchy Skin?
That is a very open-ended question too; there are several types of rashes that can be caused by a lot of various factors. A rash is a general term and is often described as a change in the color or texture of your skin. It is always wise to book an appointment with your doctor or a general practitioner if you are worried about any rashes that have formed.
Sometimes the cause of rashes can be unknown but they are often not harmful or serious
Common Cause Of Rashes
- Allergic reactions to a certain type of food or medication that has been digested in your body.
- Symptoms of a genetic condition such as psoriasis or eczema.
- Contact with foreign external objects- bleach, fungus, etc.
- A bite from an insect or a sting from a plant/ bush.
Are Rashes Contagious?
Rashes are not usually contagious and are often localized to the person who has been affected by the rash. People often panic when they see rashes and want to avoid them like the plague- or even worse think they have caught the plague or something particularly nasty.
However, one should be aware of the types of rashes that can be infectious/ contagious. The safest bet is to avoid skin contact with other people who have them, especially on the parts of your skin that may have.
Different Types Of Rashes
It would take forever and a day to name each and every rash to you but here is a list of the main types of rashes people get. This way you can cross them off your list before your doctor’s appointment and relieve some stress and worry and know the best course of action to take.
This is another name for eczema and affects a lot of people. It is not contagious but a genetic disorder. The dry, scaly skin can happen as a symptom of different levels of severity. This can become very uncomfortable when it covers the body and cause pain and psychological problems.
This often requires prolonged medical treatment as it is a lifelong condition- one can treat it but not cure it.
This type of rash can happen to literally anybody and is NOT a genetic condition. (Although some rashes can form from allergic reactions that others may not be prone to) Contact rashes could be caused by many different foreign items including natural or unnatural objects.
The rash is usually a reaction by the immune system or harmful bacteria/ chemicals caused by the foreign material. Some of these rashes will form instantly whereas others may take 24- 72 hours to appear. These can include hives, welts, and blisters.
This type can be caused by a reaction to over-the-counter meds, recreational drugs, or prescribed medication. This type should always be reported to a doctor as soon as you see signs of it. You may need to change your medication to something more suitable and one that gives you fewer side effects.
Symptoms of a drug rash to appear could be anytime between an hour and up to 72 hours. Don’t listen to the advice of friends on these type of things as their body is completely different from yours; anecdotes are NOT to be trusted as scientific proof.
This is an autoimmune disease that creates patches of dry, scaly uneven skin. Similar to eczema- symptoms and severity can vary greatly among sufferers, with some people being barely affected and others suffering the condition all over their body.
Stress and other factors can make the condition even worse. There is no cure but symptoms can be treated and alleviated. Aloe Vera is a great natural therapy to possibly help reduce this condition to comfortable levels.
This happens as part of a bacterial or fungal infection and is usually located under folds of skin. This could be under female breasts or found in fat folds of people who are overweight. These areas are prone to chaffing and rubbing and commonly happen around the thighs and genitalia also.
The area gets very hot and becomes a breeding ground for infection.
This is a non-infectious type of rash that can affect any area of the body, including the mouth, genitalia, etc which often means people mistake this for a sexually transmitted disease.
Purple blotches that can get quite large and patchy are quite common things to see with Lichen planus. This is another autoimmune disease that can be treated but not cured.
Food Allergy Rash
Sometimes your immune system can flare up in hives or a red rash when you have an allergic or adverse reaction to certain types of foods. The easiest way to avoid this happening over and over again is to get a food intolerance test but also keep a diary of what foods you have eaten- that way you can track and locate the cause, preventing it from happening again.
How Can Aloe Vera Treat Rashes, Itchy Skin, And Allergic Reactions?
The two main components in Aloe Vera that can help treat some rashes are Mannose and Glucomannan- they play a solid role in the healing properties offered by Aloe Barbadensis.
They provide your skin with an environment that is suitable for healing- with nourishment and hydration. The sterols found in aloe can also lessen a response from your immune system, phenylalanine and tryptophan are two of the main amino acids that can do this. (yes, they are found in Aloe Vera also!)
What Else Is Good For Treating Rashes?
Vitamin B and C are essential for healthy skin and Aloe is packed with them, they play a vital role in fending off infections that may have been caught or caused by foreign substances.
Anthraquinones are a top player in restricting damage caused by flared skin from allergic reactions to food and some over-the-counter medicines.
So Which Of The Rashes In This Article Can Aloe Vera Help With?
All of them!
Fresh Aloe gel can be used as a stimulator of the immune system and acts upon topical contact with your skin- which is where all rashes will be located too. This means that the aloe gel calms and soothes the nerves that are responsible for the immune system outbreak.
Using true aloe to treat rashes caused by Immune response can neutralize color and also burning sensations that sometimes happen- it really is an amazing plant.
Can Aloe Vera Even Help Treat Eczema?
Yes! Aloe Vera is safe to use on most skin types and can stop the irritation or uncomfortable feeling that dry, flaky lesions can cause from Eczema. Many other things can aggravate the sensitive skin of somebody with Eczema but still check with your doctor to see if Aloe is OK for you to use.
Some Rashes To Be Careful Of That Aloe May Not Treat
Some things like shingles or pox- can be very serious and needs antibiotic medication. Shingles are caused by the herpes virus and get inside a nerve path that Aloe cannot treat the cause of, but might still be able to help relieve external symptoms alongside medications.
Seborrhea rashes are also stubborn to Aloe Vera and is usually a condition found in infants. These rashes are usually hereditary problems and need medical supervision and advice.
Aloe Vera is fortified with many amazing bioactive nutrients that can help treat rashes. We have made a list for you that explains which of the components found in Aloe gel are the ones that work nature’s healing magic.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies For Rashes
More good news is there’s not a great deal of difficulty in making your own remedies or recipes using Aloe Vera for rashes.
We honestly found the best way to possibly treat rashes and inflammation with true Aloe gel was to use it raw and fresh. Simply prepare your leaves, remove the fleshy meat and apply it generously to the affected area that you wish to help.
Check back with us soon for more amazing information on what Aloe Vera can do to possibly improve your life and health!!!