7 Possible Causes around Your Home Which may Cause Seemingly Mysterious Rashes
A rash doesn’t usually give you a warning indicating that it is going to appear. As such, you may go to sleep and wake up with one wondering what could have caused it, how long it will last and how much it will cost you to treat it. A rash becomes more uncomfortable if it’s itchy and on an exposed surface of the body.
Finding out the cause of a rash will help you get rid of it faster. Below are 7 common causes of a rash that occur around the home:
Nickel is a common product in jewelry, zippers, watchbands, and belt buckles, among other accessories. Many people in the world are allergic to nickel. Nickel rashes develop within 48 hours and may take up to 3 weeks to disappear.
2. Household Cleaners and Detergents
Household cleaners should not come into contact with human skin. They are very harsh on the skin and you should, therefore, wear protective gloves before handling them to avoid getting rashes.
You may also be allergic to laundry detergents and fabric softeners, especially scented ones. In such a case, you should stick to non-scented detergents.
Latex is found in condoms, bras, and rubber gloves, among other household products. If you are allergic to latex, you end up with red, itchy, skin because the body responds to it the same way it would react to a toxic substance.
In such a case, stick to non-latex products and cotton clothing.
4. Hot Tubs
You can get a hot tub rash due to bacteria found in hot tubs, which infect hair follicles resulting in a red, bumpy rash.
To avoid this rash, your hot tub should be properly maintained using the right mixture of spa chemicals. These spa chemicals keep the bacteria in check.
5. Cosmetic Products
Some facial creams contain common irritants such as ascorbic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. If you get a rash due to the facial cream you are using, stop its use immediately.
You may also get rashes due to the lotion or sunscreen you are using.
The rash could be because the skin feels dry despite moisturizing it with lotion, especially during colder months when there is less humidity in the air. You should switch to a lotion with more moisturizing content.
In the case of sunscreen, you may get a rash if you use one that contains PABA-based chemicals. Switch to one with PABA-free chemicals to prevent further allergic reactions.
Avoid using sunscreen and insect repellents together as this combination can also result in a rash.
You could get rashes from fabrics such as wool. Rough wool has been linked to eczema in some people.
You should, therefore, stick to cotton clothing. If not, you may get allergic reactions due to formaldehyde resins in some fabrics and elastics. As such, when your body gets into direct contact with the material in question, you end up with a rash. You should avoid such fabrics.
However, if the fabric is washed many times, it may not affect you anymore.
Plants around the home such as poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak could also give you a rash.
The only way around such a rash is becoming a plants’ nerd so that you can easily identify and avoid them. The component in these plants that results in red, itchy rashes is called urushiol.
Just washing the affected area with cool water and applying antihistamines should help you deal with the rash quickly.
Even everyday foods such as bananas and kiwi can give you a rash. If you notice that whenever you use a product or eat something you end up with a rash, avoid the product or food moving forward.
Some rashes clear out on their own, simple home remedies work on others, but at times you have to visit the doctor for a drug prescription. Certain rashes also take longer than others to disappear.