Chafing: how to treat

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Many suffer from chafing; the annoying feeling of your skin rubbing against skin or your clothing. Rough skin can occur anywhere on your body; however, your groin, thighs, underarms and nipples are the most vulnerable.

Ways to prevent chafing

There are several ways to prevent rough skin such as staying dry. This can be achieved by applying talcum and alum powders to the area that becomes sweaty such as under the arms and under the breasts. To hot areas, apply petroleum jelly. Lubricants can lessen friction to the skin. In addition, when you exercise, wear clothes that fit well; clothes that are made of synthetic fibers.

How to Treat Chafing?

Keep in mind; when rough skin occurs, it should be treated by gently cleaning the chafed area with water and then drying it thoroughly. After cleaning the area, apply a lubricant such as petroleum jelly. However, if the area is painful, crusted, bleeding or swollen, talk with your doctor about a medicated ointment. In addition, before becoming active again, give your skin time to heal from the chafing. If your skin doesn’t improve and remains painful, you may want to see your doctor.

To conclude, chafing is annoying is sometimes painful; however, proper treatment will restore and heal your skin.