Healing a Boot Chafing Rash
In early December I noticed pain in my legs and redness right on my mid-calf. It took me about a day to figure out it was coming from wearing my mud boots! All I ever wear in the winter is boots so this presented a problem.
I started by just using a bit of lotion thinking that would do the trick. Not so much! The pain and redness continued and just got worse. Even through socks and pants, my boots still caused that awful pain on my legs. Plus once it got worse it just hurt to wear jeans or other rough fabrics that rubbed against the rash.
Has that ever happened to you? There isn’t much you can do when you need to wear boots during the winter like I do (either for the mud or for the snow!). After a few weeks and some trial and error I was able to figure out how to solve my boot chafing rash problem so I thought I should share in case anyone else is going through the same issue!
First, every time I was in the bathroom I grabbed some of my Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion and put it all over the rash. This helped with the pain and inflammation from my clothing during the day.
At night I went a step further and slathered on a thick layer of my Homemade Lotion Bars around the effected area. This lotion is much thicker than my regular daily lotion and helped with the healing process all night long. On nights when the rash was really painful I would place a very thick amount of Lotion Bar on my leg in the effected area then I used first aid gauze and tape to help keep the extra moisture in.
Finally to make sure it would never come back, I added an extra layer or protection. I took an old, thick sweater and cut the sleeves off. (I cut about half the sleeve since my legs are pretty short, you might want to cut more or less). I made the cut with my pinking shears to help it resist fraying. You could sew the end you cut to have a little hem if you really wanted to. Now when I go outside in my boots I slip on these sweater arms over my legs (either under or over pants) and it keeps the boot from rubbing against my legs. And bonus, it’s a nice leg warmer too!
Have you had any trouble with this issue this winter? What other winter issues do you struggle with?