Home Remedy for a Common Rash

Underarm Rash

Yeast infections can be pretty annoying … and painful, too!

Disclaimer:  Please do not take this essay as medical advice.  It is presented as “food for thought” for other camping enthusiasts.  It’s always best to check with your doctor for medical conditions.

In speaking with diabetic friends, I’m surprised how many have had trouble with occasional yeast infections in the armpit and crotch areas – particularly those of us who go camping, hiking, perspire a lot from working, etc.  Elevated sugar levels contribute to the problem in a big way.  Left untreated, the affected skin area can become very painful in short order and limit movement.  But for many of us, a home remedy can quickly and easily bring relief.

vinegarOne caveat – I would only use this remedy externally because the concentration is stronger than what I’ve read is used for feminine cleansing.  It could throw off the internal PH value, etc.

But for this old caveman, an effective external mixture is 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water.  Even in a painfully inflamed area, two or three applications of the vinegar / water per day (allowing it to air dry) has been effective… even where baby wipes and antibiotic creams did not help.  It’s worth a try!

I hope this information helps other campers… Men (myself included) don’t like to talk about yeast infections because people often equate the condition with hygiene.  A person would be amazed at how many of us get them occasionally… and how easy it can be to treat the infection yourself.  There are great articles on the net discussing a number of different remedies.  It’s worth checking them out!

Take care and enjoy the upcoming weekend.  Serena and I are [hopefully] going to head to Decorah over the weekend and do some trout fishing.  The weather sounds perfect!

Bradford, the “Van Trekker”


About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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One Response to Home Remedy for a Common Rash

  1. Zil says:

    Yeast loves a high pH. The diluted vinegar is an effective defense. My diaper rash responded to a soaking bath with enough vinegar to lower the pH. My dermatologist gave me a cream that took care of the residual, triamcinolone acetoide 0.1%, good stuff to have on hand.