Identifying the Cause of Your Chronic Skin Rash

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Do you have a skin rash that just keeps coming back, time and time again, no matter what you try? Most skin rashes are temporary inflammatory responses that resolve themselves relatively quickly, so if you have a skin rash that doesn’t subside, it is essential to figure out the cause. That way, that you can respond appropriately and stop the rash from interfering with your daily life. Read on for more information about three possible causes of chronic skin rash–and what you can do to deal with each one.

 

Possible Cause #1: The Summer Heat

If you’ve been mysteriously breaking out in rashes during the hot Atlanta summer, you may be suffering from heat rash. Heat rash is the result of blockages in the sweat glands and hair follicles, which prevent sweat from reaching the surface of your skin and evaporating into the outside air. Responding to this unfamiliar layer of sweat, your body mounts an inflammatory response, and you end up with little red bumps in particularly sweaty areas. One of the telltale signs of heat rash is that it tends to feel more prickly than painful, so if your skin has been prickling in the Atlanta heat this year, you may be able to identify heat rash as the culprit of your chronic skin rash.

There’s nothing you can do about the summer heat in Atlanta, but you can take action to prevent heat rash. Here are a few tips that can help you make heat rash go away:

  • Take cool baths and showers regularly when it gets hot and humid.
  • In the middle of the day, when you don’t have time for a shower, use cool, wet cloth to wipe away moisture from particularly sweaty areas of your body.
  • Instead of going outside for your workout on particularly hot days, head to the gym so that you can exercise in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics and tight-fitting clothes, especially in settings where you expect to be sweating a lot.
  • Keep your body cool by staying hydrated at all times.

Possible Cause #2: Mold Sensitivity

Have you ever been evaluated for mold sensitivity? It’s possible that your rash is a response to chronic mold exposure. If you have one of the genetic variants that can make you particularly susceptible to fungal infections, your immune system will react when you’re exposed to mold, and it may be taking the form of a chronic rash. According to some estimates, there is a genetic variant that is present in 16 percent of the population and causes the majority of fungal infections, so it’s definitely worth getting checked if you’ve been dealing with chronic rashes.

In order to figure out if mold sensitivity is the cause of your chronic rash, the first step is to get a mold sensitivity test. Your results can give you valuable insight about your mold sensitivity level, which you can discuss with a healthcare provider like a chiropractor. From there, you can work with your provider to develop a plan of action that can help you get rid of your rash, along with any other mold sensitivity symptoms you might be experiencing. For instance, you might decide to:

  • Start using laundry soap that attacks fungal spores so they don’t stick to your clothes and make your skin break out in a rash.
  • Clean your house from top to bottom in order to get rid of the mold spores on floors, counters, and other surfaces.
  • Keep a candle burning in your home to combat mold spores in the air.
  • Take an all-natural supplement or use a specialized nasal spray designed particularly for mold sensitivity.

 

Possible Cause #3: Food Sensitivity

Not all food sensitivities arise during childhood. You can develop a food sensitivity well into adulthood, and one of the symptoms may be a chronic rash. Each time you eat the food, your immune system will rebel, which can result in a painful rash. It’s tough to identify a food sensitivity on your own, but you can rely on the help of a nutritional counselor like a chiropractor to help you figure out which food is the source of the problem. For instance, you may develop  a strategy in which you eliminate foods from your diet, one by one, until you figure out which food (or group of foods) has been causing you to break out in a rash.

Living with a food sensitivity can be a challenge, since it requires you to carefully tailor your diet to avoid the source. Again, a chiropractor can help you plan out nutrient-dense meals that simultaneously support your health while ensuring that you won’t be eating whatever you’re sensitive to. They may also help you find the nutritional supplements you need to take in order to make up for any potential vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

No matter what is causing your chronic rash, Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness is here to help you get your health back on track. We offer mold sensitivity testing and nutritional counseling, along with a wide range of other services. Contact us today to learn more!

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