Chafing is a problem for many active people. It starts out as a slight reddening of the skin and can quickly get worse. Movement can become awkward seemingly out of nowhere. Is there a way to prevent or treat this problem and keep the body healthy? This page will cover the details of the causes, how to treat and minimize this irritation. There are a few simple steps to take that will prevent irritation before it has a chance to take hold.
What does rubbing mean?
Chafing is caused by skin rubbing against surfaces such as loose or tight clothing, excess moisture, or objects. Rubbing causes friction and damage by leaving small abrasions on the entire affected surface. Irritated skin tends to look red or like it has a rash. Scuffed areas tend to hurt and are quickly noticeable. Excess weight can be the cause of chafing without much activity during the warm months.
Friction-induced rubbing can be experienced by anyone at any age. Most diaper rashes are caused by rubbing of the skin due to the moisture of the diaper surface against the skin. Older people often have to deal with chafing problems when clothes don’t fit. Whenever you are faced with constant friction, rubbing will occur. It is only a matter of time before you start to feel the effects.
What is Neosporin ointment?
Neosporin ointment, which contains antibacterial drugs, can be used to treat skin chafing as it can prevent the affected area from becoming infected. The ointment can also hydrate the affected skin area, prevent cracking, and relieve pain caused by dryness. It is especially important to use ointments like Neosporin to treat particularly deep and severe skin irritations that have open wounds and bleed as the area can become infected.
One should read the instructions, ingredients, and warnings on the Neosporin package carefully before using it, as it may contain ingredients to which one is allergic. Before applying Neosporin, the irritated area should be cleaned and then dried with soap and clean water. After applying the ointment to the affected area, a bandage can also be applied over it to protect it from further friction and irritation. Refraining from activities that may further aggravate the rub will promote timely healing of the rub.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment. A medical professional should be consulted for health diagnosis and treatment.