Home remedies for prickly heat
May 12, 2018 | 6:34 PM
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Prickly heat rashes which are red in colour disappear after 5-7 days, and fresh ones may appear.

Prickly heat is an inflammatory condition of skin in which the skin develops spotty rashes or eruptions that give one a feeling of burning or pricking. It is a non-contagious common skin problem in the hot and humid summer months. People sweat profusely in a hot weather. Sweat combines with sebum, dust, bacteria and dry skin to make a thick, sticky substance that clogs the sweat glands, resulting in prickly heat. It is also called heat rash or sweat rash.

It can occur to all irrespective of age and gender. It crops up in areas where sweat cannot dry up easily. Thus it is common in neck, chest, waist, back, underarms, etc. The rashes are red in colour. If scratched violently, pustule formation or blistering may occur. A heat affected skin looks like the skin of a jackfruit. The rashes are highly itchy and cause much restlessness and irritability. Prickly heat rashes disappear after 5-7 days, and fresh ones may appear.

The factors triggering prickly heat may be listed as follows:

1. Sun exposure or exposure to UV rays

2. Excess sweating during strenuous exercises

3. Over-clothing

4. Dearth of hygiene or not wiping away the sweat

5. Wearing non-porous or synthetic garments that trap sweat.

6. Acidity

7. Food poisoning

8. Medicinal side-effects

9. Stressful life

10. Excessive intake of junk food

11. Untimely food consumption

Home remedies

1. Taking bath with chilled water is the simplest way to deal with this problem.

2. Soak sterilised, soft gauze in a mixture of one part spirit and three parts of boiled water. This allows fast healing and rules out the possibility of infection.

3. Mix little oatmeal powder in to your bath water and soak in the bathtub for an hour. Oatmeal bath is an effective home remedy for prickly heat.

4. Application of non-perfumed talcum powder 4-5 times daily takes off the moisture and keeps the skin dry, thereby preventing this condition.

5. Dust the body with baking soda or sandalwood powder. This heals up rashes.

6. Rub ice cubes on heat rashes. This punctures the bumps and gives fast relief.

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