Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
The following suggestions may help relieve discomfort, speed healing and prevent the infection from spreading:
- Apply warm compresses. A warm washcloth or compress can help reduce swelling.
- Keep the affected area clean. Gently wash the affected areas with antibacterial soap. After washing, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic.
- Wear loosefitting clothes. Loose clothes and underwear can help prevent skin irritation, while tight, synthetic clothes may irritate your skin.
- Lose weight. Excess weight increases the number of areas where skin rubs together — for example, between skin folds — causing friction, increased perspiration and bacterial growth. Though weight loss won't cure the disease, it may improve symptoms.
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