Tips for Treating Chafing
Posted by Jack Miller on 29th Jan 2023
Chafing is a common problem that can become quite uncomfortable quickly. Chafing can be painful and unsightly, but most importantly, it can lead to serious infections if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and treat chafing so that you can stay active without pain or embarrassment, so read on for our top tips for treating chafing.
Wear breathable clothing
If you've been experiencing chafing and are ready to take measures against it, the first step is to make sure that your clothes are well-suited for being worn during physical activity. While some types of clothing may seem like a good choice when you're standing still, they might not support your body when you're moving around.
A chafing rash usually occurs under your arms or between your legs where clothing tends to rub against your skin over time. To avoid this problem, consider choosing fabrics that allow air to flow through them easily.
In addition to making sure that what you wear isn't too restrictive or too loose (both of which can cause problems), try wearing underwear that fits snugly but comfortably.
Change out of wet clothes
As soon as you can, change out of wet clothes. Use a towel to dry off and change into dry clothes. If you're riding in the rain or getting caught in a sudden downpour, take extra care to keep your skin dry.
Talcum powder or anti-chafing gel can help prevent chafing as well. If all else fails and there's no way around it, then try these tips as chafing remedies:
• Apply pressure over any irritated areas with a clean cloth (like an old t-shirt) for about 20 minutes before going about your day.
• Apply petroleum jelly or another lubricant on affected areas if you're especially sensitive.
Wash with a gentle cleanser and pat dry
Wash with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. You should wash your skin with warm water and mild soap twice a day. But don't use any products that contain alcohol or fragrances, because they can irritate your chafed skin even more.
Instead, try using a soft washcloth to gently massage the area while taking a hot shower or bath. Use lukewarm water, which will help soothe irritated skin without drying it out further—and avoid hot water altogether! Hot water can actually increase itching sensations on chafed areas of your body because it causes blood vessels under the surface of the skin to dilate (get bigger) temporarily before contracting again afterwards—which means more redness and swelling around those areas due to inflammation caused by heat exposure.
Apply an anti-chafing product or gel
You can prevent chafing by applying a lubricant (usually petroleum jelly or baby powder) to the area where your skin is rubbing. Some people prefer to use products designed specifically for this purpose, such as anti-chafing creams, gels, and powders.
If you do experience chafing, it’s important that you don’t try to treat yourself. Remember, this is a medical condition and could get worse if left untreated. If you think that your case of chafing is serious enough for professional help, contact your doctor or seek medical care immediately.