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Chafing

Chafing

Chafing is another name for irritation and abrasion of the upper layers of skin that is caused by repeated rubbing. It most frequently occurs in the groin, under the arms, around the nipples and other areas that are close together. The best way to treat the condition is to prevent it. Try to keep areas prone to constant rubbing dry by using corn starch or talcum powder. Wear loose clothing that is airy and comfortable to allow good air flow. Cotton is also absorbent.

Symptoms

Skin that is broken can get raw and sore if not treated. The affected areas may sting or burn and the skin will appear reddened.

Causes

Skin can become red and sore by rubbing against rough or tight clothing or skin rubbing against skin. Moisture from sweat makes the condition worse.

Cautions

If you are doing all you can to prevent it and it occurs anyway, see your doctor to check for a fungal infection. Fungal infections can cause similar symptoms. Treat the fungus before it gets worse. Skin problems may persist even after you are finished with the treatment.

Herbal Treatments

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Aromatherapy

You can use essential oils from chamomile, frankincense (boswellia), and lavender in a bath or massage either individually or in combination by adding a few drops to carrier oil.

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