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How to Deal With Sweat Rash

How to Deal with Sweat Rash

Maybe you've experienced a sweat rash before and just took it as a fact of life and dealt with it, but there are ways around it.

This extremely annoying side effect of sweating can happen any place that perspiration accumulates: under your arms, behind the knees, in between the legs, under or between the breasts, or even in the groin area. This irritating condition is caused by yeast and bacteria that occurs naturally on your skin. Sweat rash typically happens where chafing occurs or when sweat gets trapped between two layers of touching skin (or between skin and clothes). Believe me when I say it is not fun when you get it, but don't freak out, sweat rash is a totally normal occurrence.

You can minimize your risk of sweat rash by always showering immediately after exercising, not wearing brand new workout clothes for a long run, and by using a method of chafing prevention like BodyGlide. Wear clothes that wick the sweat away from your body. If you do end up getting a rash, treat it with an anti-fungal lotion or cream (get one combined with hydrocortisone to reduce redness and itching). Also, tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal agent that you may want to consider, but a lot of people shy away from using it because of its strong smell.

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Terri2342669 Terri2342669 4 years
Thank you for the advice. I stopped exercising because I didn't know what else to do. I'll try an anti-fungal and hopefully that does the trick.
SU3 SU3 9 years
I've used the BodyGlide stuff for open water swims too. Works good!
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