Home Remedies To Beat Prickly Heat Rashes With Regular Home Kitchen Ingridients
In many ways, summertime spells misery! The sweltering heat, humidity, rising temperatures, tempers, problems relating to sunburns, suntans, along with increased sweating often culminate in heat rashes prickling away to cause a great deal of irritation and discomfort. A universal occurrence in summer, heat rashes though not a very serious condition, nevertheless requires a lot of care to assuage the symptoms.
Prickly Heat Rashes – Definition
Heat rashes medically referred to as Miliaria’ is commonly known as ‘Prickly Heat’. Prevalent in babies generally, adults too suffer from this irritating condition during summer.
Areas of Occurrences
Prickly heat in all probability appears most commonly in the crevices and folds of the neck, upper chest, back, underarms, hands, abdomen, inner thighs and legs.
Causes of Prickly Heat
- Heat rashes occur during hot humid climates and mainly in tropical countries. The rise in temperatures, heat and humidity result in excessive sweating which leads to clogged sweat glands. This produces heat rashes as the clogged sweat ducts (pores) lock in sweat, within the skin. Nonetheless, when the blocked pores open up these cause inflammation and hence break out into a rash.
- Underdeveloped sweat glands especially in newborn infants and bacterial infections too contribute to eruption of heat bumps.
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight are also one of the factors for these tiny red rashes.
Other Common Factors
- Wearing synthetic clothes
- Alcohol consumption
- Usage of electric blanket
- Stress factors
- Hectic lifestyle
Symptoms of Heat Rashes
Most common symptoms of prickly heat include tiny eruptions with reddish bumps, with a prickling or stinging sensation often causing itchiness, tenderness and prickliness.
Duration of Existence
The tiny reddish bumps like rashes often resolve on their own naturally. These recede with a drop in temperature, heat and humidity. On the other hand, in some extreme cases these tend to get worse and prolong post summer too. Under such circumstances, certain natural remedies come in handy and prove beneficial to ease the irritating symptoms. Here are a few remedies using natural at home ingredients straight out of your kitchen shelves recommended for their antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compounds
Home Remedies for Heat Rashes
1) Neem Leaves
Neem (Margosa) leaves contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic substances that help control the symptoms of inflammation and severe itching. To achieve this effect, simmer two cups of water with a handful of neem leaves for about fifteen minutes. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Use this as an antiseptic solution on the affected area using a soft cloth. Repeat this procedure four or five times every day for a week to find respite from the symptoms. As an alternative apply ground neem paste on the affected areas or mix the paste with gram flour and leave it for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing with cold-water.
2) Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera besides being a naturally cooling agent contains similar substances as Neem Leaves and therefore proves effective for prickly heat. Apply Aloe Vera gel and leave it for ten minutes. Follow it up with a cold bath to find relief from inflammation and skin rash.
3) Raw Mangoes
Contrary to popular belief, the seasonal raw mangoes are one of the best remedies for getting rid of heat rashes. Boil a couple of well-washed mangoes in two cups of water until they become soft and pulpy. After allowing them to cool, remove the soft mangoes, extract pulp and add the same to the cold water in which the mangoes were boiled. Add sugar and a pinch of rock salt and consume twice for positive results.
Apply watermelon pulp, sans the seeds on the rashes. This cools the body and provides immediate relief from rashes. Besides this, consuming fresh watermelon juice too helps keep the body hydrated.
Place slices of fresh cucumber on the irritating and inflamed rashes for about twenty minutes to find relief from burning sensation. Another way is to either rub cucumber juice or apply mashed cucumber on the affected regions for long-term relief.
6) Raw Potato
Rub potato slices on the prickly heat rashes to ease the symptoms. Repeat this procedure continuously until they heal completely.
Soak in an oatmeal bath for about half an hour and scrub the affected regions well. This releases the closed sweat ducts and removes the dead cells from the skins surface thus alleviating irritation and itching.
8) Indian Gooseberry
Filled with exotic nutritious and healthy substances, Indian gooseberry (amla) is one of the healthiest natural sources for promoting resistance. Hence, soak a few gooseberries in water overnight and the following day mash them well and consume the concoction with a few drops of honey. This prevents occurrences of prickly heat by fortifying the immune system.
9) Baking Soda
Baking soda, a natural exfoliant has the ability to release the blocked sweat ducts, remove dirt and dead cells from the surface of the skin. Hence, this ingredient makes one of the best natural remedies to eliminate rashes. Combine one-tablespoon baking soda to a cup of cold water. Mix well and soak a soft cloth into the solution. Squeeze out the excess solution and dab the soaked cloth in the affected areas for a few minutes. Follow this process four to five times a day for a week to reap excellent benefits.
10) Cold Compress
wathe a few ice cubes in soft cheesecloth and use it as a cold compress on the heat rashes for about five minutes. Repeat this process every three hours for a week to prevent the rashes from getting worse.
Prickly heat usually resolves on its own. However, under certain conditions it would be advisable to seek medical help… The following are the symptoms that require medical attention…
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin or underarms
- Pus formation or oozing from the lesions
- Redness on the affected area
- Wear light and loose cotton clothing during summer to keep moisture away from the skin
- As far, as possible remain under ceiling fans, coolers or air conditioners to remain cool and avoid heat
- Have a Bath or shower in cold water and instead of toweling let the skin dry by itself
- Take a shower after workouts to prevent bacterial infections and rashes
- Use a mild soap that does not make the skin dry
- Consume coconut water to first thing in the morning to keep the body cool and hydrated
- Drink plenty of water and buttermilk during summer to cool off
- Consume fresh vegetable and fruit juices to remain healthy
- Keep the bedroom well ventilated and cool
- Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes that can irritate the skin
- Avoid the afternoon sun from eleven to four in the evening to avoid the heat
- Avoid harsh soaps that have a tendency to dry out the skin
- Keep away from oil based cosmetics, instead use natural products for beauty purposes
- Stay away from spicy food, coffee and red wine as they are likely to worsen the condition
- Limit physical activity to prevent excessive sweating
- Avoid scratching the rashes