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Stinging nettle rash

Stinging nettles can cause a rash and other symptoms if people touch them. The reason for this is that stinging nettles contain fine hairs and chemicals that irritate human skin. One of these chemicals is formic acid, which causes the painful rash. In some cases, people may have a severe allergic reaction to a nettle sting. This complication can be life threatening and require immediate medical attention. The best way to prevent a stinging nettle rash is to avoid stinging nettles touching the skin. Recognizing the plant and teaching children how to distinguish it can help avoid stinging nettle rash. If people want to clear stinging nettles from their backyard or local area, wearing thick, full length clothing and thick gardening gloves can help prevent stinging. Those who work outdoors and are likely to come into contact with stinging nettles may wish to consider wearing protective gear to help avoid the plant brushing against bare skin and causing a rash. Home treatments, such as washing the area with soapy water and taking OTC pain relievers, may help ease the symptoms. If people have severe, long lasting, or worsening symptoms, they can see their doctor. Anyone who has a severe allergic reaction to stinging nettles will need immediate medical care. (Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Foot rashes

A foot rash can occur as a result of an allergic reaction or infection. Most types of foot rashes, such as athlete’s foot and contact dermatitis, are treatable with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. However, other types of foot rashes, such as cellulitis may require medical intervention. People should contact their healthcare provider if their foot rash is painful or significantly interferes with their daily activities. Parents and caregivers should see a healthcare provider if a child or infant develops a skin rash or blisters. It is important for a person to seek medical attention straight away if their rash does not improve with treatment or they develop a fever. Most cases clear up on their own, but OTC medications can help relieve swelling, itching, and pain during recovery

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