Chafing is a problem for many active individuals. It begins as a slight redness on the skin and can get bad quickly. Movement can become uncomfortable seemingly out of the blue. Is there a way to prevent or treat this problem and keep the body healthy? This page will cover the specifics of what causes, how to treat and minimize this irritation. There are a few easy steps to take that will stop chafing before it has a chance to take hold.
What does chafing mean?
Chafing is caused by the rubbing of skin against surfaces like loose or tight clothing, excess moisture or objects. The rubbing causes friction and damage by leaving little abrasions all over the affected surface. Chafed skin tends to look red or as if it has a rash. Areas experiencing chafing tend to get sore and it becomes noticeable quickly. Excess weight can be the cause of chafing without much activity during the warm weather months.
Friction induced chafing can be experienced by anyone at any age. Most diaper rashes are caused by the chafing of skin from moisture on the surface of the diaper against skin. Elderly people often have to deal with chafing problems when clothes are ill-fitting. Any time you are dealing with constant friction chafing will happen. It is only a matter of time before you begin to feel the effects.
What is Neosporin Ointment
Neosporin ointment, which contains anti-bacterial medication, can be used to treat skin chafing since it can prevent the affected area from becoming infected. The ointment can also moisturize the affected skin area, prevent it from cracking and alleviate the pain caused by dryness. It is especially important to use ointments like Neosporin to treat particularly deep and severe skin chafing that have open wounds and bleed as the area can become infected.
One should read the instructions, ingredients, and warnings on the package of Neosporin carefully before using it as it may contain ingredients that the one is allergic to. Before applying Neosporin, one should clean and then dry the chafed area with clean water and soap. After applying the ointment to the affected area, one can also apply a bandage over it to protect it from further friction and irritation. Refraining from performing activities that can further aggravate the chafing will promote the chafing’s timely healing.
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. One should consult a medical professional for health diagnosis and treatment.