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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Chafing
By Raymond Lee
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You have just bought a new shirt, and boy, are you irritated. No, it has nothing to do with the color, the size, or the fact, that it is now non sale for 50 percent off. The collar has literally rubbed you the wrong way, leaving you with raw, red skin on the back of your neck. Blame this painful patch on the friction that is created when fabric and skin come in contact. The constant rubbing causes chafing. Tough chafing is most likely to occur on the neck, some women experience it beneath their breasts, where a bra’s elastic meets tender skin. The insides of the thighs can also become irritated when they rub against each other or against a pair of pants. A case of chfed skin can make you miserable enough to want to burn your entire wardrobe. Therefore, here are some tips that you can consider to adopt for to resolve your irritation.
- Expose Your Skin
Chafed skin will heal faster if it is left uncovered and allowed to breathe. While this may not be possible during the day, make sure that your sleepwear is loose and comfortable so that your skin can get some “airtime” while you snooze.
- Choose Chafe-Proof Fabrics
If you are prone to chafing, it is recommended to avoid wearing clothes made from scratchy synthetic and woolen materials. Instead, opt for fabrics that breathe well, such as soft cottons.
- Soothe The Soreness
It is recommended to apply an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the affected area. Skip the petroleum jelly, though. It can block the pores and aggravate chafing.
- Take A Powder
Dust areas that are prone to chafing with baby powder. Powder adds some slip to the skin and helps prevent rubbing. Powder also absorbs moisture, which helps reduce friction.
- Rinse Well
When you do your laundry, be sure to thoroughly rinse the soap from your clothes. And it is recommended not to use strong detergents or heavily perfumed fabric softeners. These products can cause skin irritation and make the chafing even worse.
- Examine Your Inseams
It is recommended not to wear pants with heavy inseams, especially when you exercise. Wear loose sports briefs or jogging pants made from satiny material. They will diminish the friction between the skin and fabric.
- Keep It Clean
Cleanse the affected area with a gentle, non-irritating soap such as Cetaphil. You should avoid strong deodorant soaps because they can leave an irritating residue on the skin.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: December 29, 2007