Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent Nappy Rash?
The following information is for humans with Nappy Rash
Introduction to Nappy Rash
Also known as Irritant diaper dermatitis or Diaper rash.
This is a skin rash on infants which is red, itchy and swollen. Very often it is because the skin has been wet for a prelonged period of time.
For more information on Nappy Rash see the Wikipedia page on Nappy Rash
Using Aloe Vera for Nappy Rash
Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Aloe Vera penetrate the outer layer of the skin so if it has not been cleaned impurities will be pulled in and the condition may worsen temporarily.
If using a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera cut the leaf open but do not remove the skin. Apply the leaf, gel side down, onto the affected area of skin and bandage in place. Replace regularly (at least every 24 hours).
If using a cream choose one where Aloe Vera is the first ingredient. Massage the cream onto the affected skin. Repeat several times a day to accelerate healing and stop itching.
Where the skin has broken flush the wound with Aloe Vera gel or a mix of Aloe Vera gel and water to remove any dirt.
If the skin is too sensitive to touch mix some Aloe Vera with water and spray it onto the affected area.
How long will it take for Aloe Vera to work with Nappy Rash?
Aloe Vera has well known anti-inflammatory properties so it will help reduce the swelling and stop the itching immediately. If it does not you are either using an immature leaf, the wrong type of Aloe or a poor quality cream.
If the skin has broken the anti-bacterial properties of Aloe will stop any secondary infections which may prevent or slow healing.
Aloe vera also accelerates the rate at which cells in the skins tissue divide and so healing of any cuts should be faster.