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Old 06-11-2002, 08:33 AM   #1
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Question Tropical Rash

Hi,

Following a move to a new tropical country a couple of months ago, I have started to develop a very uncomfortable rash on my upper inner legs. I am assuming this has been caused from the change in climate (esp. humidity)

Can anyone recommend any natural remedies to help me out?

 
Old 06-11-2002, 09:36 AM   #2
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Before you try any herbals, try to find out whether you have an allergy to something growing/used locally, a skin infection or are wearing the wrong clothing [fibers] for the climate.

According to some herbal sites, you can treat a skin rash internally and/or externally.

The internal herbals for skin conditions:

1- red clover [immune booster with some antibacterial properties]

2- sarsparilla [anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial action, and anti-diuretic]. This herb has some toxic effects and is not safe for everyone, esp. pregnant or breastfeeding women.

3- kelp - anti-infective

4- cayenne - anti-inflammatory, anti-infective

5- yellow dock - astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic

6- licorice root - anti-inflammatory

7- echinacea - immune stimulant [don't take if you're allergic to ragweed, marigold, etc. which are related]

8 - burdock root - diuretic, diaphretic [induces perspiration], anti-biotic and some anti-inflammatory properties

9- dandelion - immune-booster, antibiotic

Biggest problem is that the above list includes mostly European and North American herbs which may not be available in your area.

External:

1- aloe vera

2- oatmeal bath/lotion [e.g. Aveeno]

3- onion poultice - mostly used as an anti-bacterial but has some anti-viral properties

4- capsicin - the active 'hot' ingredient from cayenne pepper, acts on the nerve endings to relieve burning sensation [key ingredient in shingles/herpes meds]

5- banana peel - the inside [white] portion of the banana peel supposedly contains ingredients that help soothe and feed the skin. [Not too sure about this because banana peel doesn't show up on very many sites.]


 
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Old 06-11-2002, 09:59 AM   #3
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For most people, aloe vera solution should work just fine. It's great to have when traveling, camping or on vacation. It can help with rashes, mosquito bites, and sunburn.

 
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