Some people have a lot of pain and discomfort from the light touch of their clothing across the area of their skin rash. You should keep the area uncovered most of the time to promote drying of the rash. If you are having difficulty sleeping because of the rash, talk to your doctor about covering the most sensitive areas with an elastic bandage.
The bandage must be wrapped loosely to prevent constriction of blood flow.
Effective comfort measures tend to vary from person to person. What helps one person may be irritating to another. Trial and error will help you find comfort measures that are soothing to you. Always check with your doctor before trying home remedies.
Call your doctor if you: Develop a feverHave increased redness and swelling or streaks of red around the area of your skin rashHave pus coming from the rashNotice an odor associated with your skin rashHave a rash on your face, which increases the risk of a serious eye infectionHave severe pain that is not relieved by the measures recommended by your doctor
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Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD
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