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Treatment for Chafing

Skin Chafing is a common problem and it usually occurs in places such as the thighs, the groin, the armpits, the nipples, and generally any area that is rubbed constantly. It is particularly common in athletes and people who wear really tight clothing and it can be a frustrating problem.

There are usually no gradual symptoms that lead up to chafing, it is generally a condition which appears suddenly, and it is followed by a stinging or burning sensation. It is important that you do get the condition treated, as if you simply just carry on allowing the skin to rub together, the condition could worsen and even start to ooze.This can then cause the skin to become infected and you could have an even more painful condition to deal with!

Treatment:

1. Chafed skin will heal faster if it is left uncovered and allowed to breathe. While this may not be possible during the day, make sure that your sleepwear is loose and comfortable so that your skin can get some "airtime" while you snooze.

2. If you want to prevent chafing, you should wear loose fitting shorts, preferably knit, such as long gym shorts. What causes chafing is your upper thigh rubbing against the material in the clothing you're wearing. It's not something you really notice until it's too late.

3. When you do your laundry, be sure to thoroughly rinse the soap from your clothes. And it is recommended not to use strong detergents or heavily perfumed fabric softeners. These products can cause skin irritation and make the chafing even worse.

4. Chafed skin will heal faster if it is left uncovered and allowed to breathe. While this may not be possible during the day, make sure that your sleepwear is loose and comfortable so that your skin can get some "airtime" while you snooze.

5. Using ointment or treatments such as Vaseline and Noxzema will really help to soothe the affected area. They help to keep the skin slippery, which allows the skin on the legs for example, to slip past each other, rather than rub against each other. These treatments can be really inexpensive, yet they are also really effective.

6. If you really want to stop chafing, you need to lose weight. Luckily, as obesity rates climb, the possibility of weight loss becomes more tangible. Weight loss is a good thing. It makes you more healthy, makes you look better, and it stops chafing! As I previously mentioned, losing weight is becoming easier.

7. A second option is to wear sweat pants. They're not really "cool" anymore, but if you're not worried about that, and you want to prevent chafing, they're great. That's because they have no seams. Seams are usually the culprit in chafing. They're the part of your pants that are rubbing up against your leg. Some people have found that lathering their thighs up with petroleum jelly works wonders. The jelly makes the sweat pants actually stick to your thigh, so there's no rubbing at all.



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