Comfort Measures for Managing Pain and Itching

Compresses and Baths

Some people find that the following treatments are soothing to their itchy, painful skin rash:

  • Ice or Cold Compresses —can be applied to the rash for five minutes at a time, several times a day
  • Compresses Soaked in Burrow’s Solution (Domeboro) —can be applied to the rash for five minutes at a time, several times a day
  • Oatmeal Baths —can improve itching, although some people find that the warmth increases their itching

Elastic Bandages

Some people experience a lot of pain and discomfort from the light touch of their clothing across the area of their skin rash. Although you should keep the area uncovered most of the time to promote drying of the rash, talk to your healthcare provider about covering the most sensitive areas of the rash with an elastic (Ace) bandage if you are having difficulty sleeping due to hypersensitivity of the rash. It must be wrapped loosely to prevent constriction of blood flow.

Special Considerations

Effective comfort measures tend to vary from person to person; what helps one person may be irritating to another. Trial and error will help you find those comfort measures that are soothing to you. Always check with your healthcare provider before trying home remedies.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you:

  • Develop a fever
  • Notice increased redness and swelling, or streaks of red around the area of your skin rash
  • Notice your rash is producing pus
  • Notice any unpleasant odor associated with your skin rash
  • Notice the rash is on your face, which increases the risk of a serious eye infection
  • Experience severe, unrelenting pain that is not relieved by the measures recommended by your doctor