Raw Skin

Almost everybody experiences raw skin once in a while, and after intensive research, we have committed ourselves in outlining facts about raw skin that everybody should know in this article.

What Causes Raw Skin?

Have you ever experienced raw skin? No one loves the discomfort and pain that comes with a raw skin. Many factors such as constant rubbing of materials against your skin are known to cause a raw skin. Sometimes, the skin gets peeled off and you even start bleeding. Other factors like a simple sunburn or an allergic reaction top the list for causing raw skin. Other conditions are known to cause raw skin as a symptom. It is therefore very crucial to identify the cause of your raw skin for successful treatment. Here are some of the conditions:

1. Diaper Rash

If not treated early enough, a diaper rash graduates into a raw skin. The affected area becomes very irritating and makes your baby very uncomfortable. You may need not to ask why your baby cries throughout if she/he has a diaper rash.

2. Burns

It is a no-brainer; a burn will cause a raw skin, even the mildest of them all as it will destroy the first layer of your skin.

3. Allergic eczema

It is a condition characterized by itchy skin and is similar to a burn. It occurs mainly on your forearms or hands, and the itchiness or blisters leads to raw skin.

4. Rosacea

It’s a chronic skin illness featured by relapsing and fading cycles. The relapses get triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Intestinal bacteria (Helicobacter pylori)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spicy foods

The red bumps, facial flushing, and the skin dryness can cause raw skin if not treated well and in time.

5. Contact Dermatitis

It occurs a short while after encountering with an allergen. It is characterized by the following which leads to raw skin:

  • An itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Weeping Blisters

6. Skin infection

Different infectious agents are known to cause skin infections. They include:

  • Fungi
  • Parasites
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria

A delay in treating the affected area may cause raw skin.

7. Bites and Stings

It’s a condition considered a medical emergency where immediate care is mandatory. The main features include:

  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Itchiness and soreness
  • Pain
  • The affected area feels hot.

8. Psoriasis

It is defined by sharp skin patches on the knees, scalp or at the lower back. The affected area becomes itchy and if not treated in time can cause an irritating raw skin.

9. Ringworms

Ringworms forms circular-shaped rashes characterized by scales and with raised borders. Frequent itching causes raw skin as the victim keeps on scratching the affected area.

10. Shingles

With this condition, the victim develops very painful rashes filled with fluid and characterized by itching. The affected area easily develops raw skin from the breaking blisters as a result of scratching due to the itching. If suffering from this condition, you are advised to seek medical help immediately.

The Symptoms of Raw Skin

Here are the symptoms of raw skin you should focus on keenly. Though the redness on the skin is the primary symptom, the following too are signs of raw skin:

  • Rash
  • Blistering
  • Sores
  • Warmth in the skin
  • Itching
  • Bumps
  • Hives
  • Burning
  • Flushing

As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”, it’s always advisable to take precautions to prevent you from suffering from raw skin. In case you experience raw skin, consult your doctor immediately.

Also, there are a few remedies to treat raw skin at home. They include:

1. Olive Oil

Use the following procedure to treat raw skin with olive oil:

  • Put some olive oil in a bowl and dab it with a ball of cotton wool.
  • After cleaning the affected area with disinfectant and warm water, apply the olive oil gently. Allow the olive oil to penetrate into the affected skin. Repeat the procedure daily for a week.

2. Oatmeal Bathtub

Carry out the following process:

  • Clean and disinfect your bathtub and pour in some warm water.
  • Add handfuls of oatmeal and allow it to mix well for a short while.
  • Enter into the tub and let the mixture soothe your raw skin for 25-30 minutes. Do not rub the mixture on the affected area as it will cause pain and irritation.
  • Then apply cream consisting of vitamin E on the affected skin.

Here are some more extra tips:

1. On the sensitive areas like around your private parts, place a large band-aid to prevent irritating or to rub the affected skin.

2. Always keep the affected area well moisturized. You can use petroleum jelly and other recommended nourishing skin oils like olive oil.

3. Use an anti-bacterial soap to clean the affected area, especially if it’s bleeding. Peroxide and alcohol are useful in killing germs in the skin.

4. Wear loose fitting clothes to allow adequate air circulation around the affected skin area. Tight garments cause irritation and skin chafing.

Diagnosing a Raw Skin

On seeking medical advice, your health care provider will examine your raw skin. Here are some of the questions that he/she will ask you in a bid to give the best diagnosis:

  • What were you doing that led to raw skin?
  • What medications are you on currently?
  • What skin care and cleaning products do you use?
  • Does your family have a history of skin conditions?
  • Is it the first time that you are suffering from raw skin?
  • Are there people around you with raw skin?

On answering the above questions, the healthcare practitioner may immediately discover the cause of your raw skin. If not, the doctor will have to do additional tests like a biopsy of the affected skin and allergy testing. Always inquire if your raw skin is contagious and seek advice on how to prevent it from spreading to the people around you.

Though raw skin can get treated, it is advisable to be responsible for your own skin. Once you’ve suffered from raw skin, take notes of the cause/s. Avoid the allergen or irritant that may have caused raw skin in the first place. In case your raw skin is as a result of a condition, seek medical advice immediately.

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Last Reviewed:
June 23, 2018
Last Updated:
June 24, 2018