The symptoms of irritation from a wet bathing suit are typically itchiness, redness and swelling. The rash may be localized to the area where the swimsuit was worn or it can be more generalized.
How To Avoid Irritation From Wet Bathing Suit?
If you want to avoid getting an irritation from a wet bathing suit, there is a few things that you can do:
use a rinse-out conditioner, like X Conditioner after swimming to help protect your hair.
immediately shower off when you get out of the pool/ocean/lake.
wear a rash guard to help protect the skin. This is especially good for those with sensitive skin who are more at risk of an irritation from wet bathing suit.
wear a bathing suit that is made of material that does not absorb as much water, such as polyester or nylon. These fabrics will help to wick away the moisture and avoid an irritation from wet bathing suit.
always shower with soap after swimming in order to remove any bacteria and chlorine residue on your skin before it has time to dry up and cause you problems. This is especially important if you have already had reactions from wearing a wet suit before.
If this doesn’t work, then maybe consider talking with your doctor about other options such as oatmeal baths, taking oral antihistamines (before getting into the pool) or steroids cream for those really stubborn rashes caused by irritated due to wet bathing suit.
How Do You Treat A Bathing Suit Rash?
A bathing suit rash can be treated at home or with a doctor’s visit depending on the severity of it. The following are some over-the-counter remedies that may work for you:
If your skin is red and irritated, then an oatmeal bath might help to reduce the itching, inflammation and irritation caused by having an allergic reaction to wet bathing suit. You should look for colloidal (finely milled) oatmeal as opposed to “whole oats” which won’t disintegrate in water.
Oats have been used for centuries because they contain something called avenanthramides which helps stimulate collagen production under the skin thus promoting healing even though it doesn’t actually penetrate below surface level itself. Use two cups of oats per bath and make sure to moisturize after the oatmeal bath.
If your rash is really stubborn, then you may want to consider using a steroid cream like hydrocortisone which will help reduce inflammation caused by the allergic reaction. You can use this for up to five days before having to worry about it thinning out your skin or causing other problems (like pilling on fabric).
researcher recommended cream in top of the list.
Leave on until fully absorbed into the skin so that it doesn’t rub off onto clothing or sheets while you sleep. Make sure not apply more than three times daily as overuse could cause side effects such as stretch marks/stretch marks during pregnancy, easy bruising, facial hair in women and shut down of the adrenal glands.
Usually oral medication isn’t used to treat a bathing suit rash, but it may be prescribed by your doctor if the symptoms are severe enough. There is some evidence that taking orally before swimming can help prevent this from happening in those who have had reactions with wet suits before and/or tend to get irritated skin whenever they wear one for too long.
Ask your pharmacist about using an OTC topical anti-itch cream like Benadryl or hydrocortisone along with allergy medicine as well just incase you want relief ASAP while waiting for the pill to kick in. If you experience drowsiness after taking it, then avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until fully awake again so you don’t put yourself or others in danger.
Bringing the conversation full circle, it’s important to remember that if you wear a wet bathing suit too long without showering immediately then your skin can become irritated and dry up thus creating an allergic reaction which could lead to hives, swelling of the face/tongue/throat due to mast cell degranulation (allergic response) and even difficulty breathing at times depending on severity.
Can You Go Swimming With Jock Itch?
You can go swimming with jock itch if you shower immediately after getting out of the pool or lake. The main concern is to avoid sharing a wet bathing suit with other people as this could lead to growth of bacteria and fungi that won’t be removed from your skin even when taking a bath/shower afterwards.
Since it’s been embedded into clothing fibers already. If someone else gets what you have on their skin, then they will get an infection too which might not be curable without prescription medication so try to prevent others from being exposed whenever possible.
The information in this blog post should be helpful if you are experiencing irritation from your wet bathing suit. We have provided some solutions to help with the problem so that you can enjoy being at the beach or pool without all of the discomfort.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in comment section for more advice on how best to handle your situation.