Prickly heat is irritating are painful. It was also known as prickly heat rashor miliaria, is caused when sweat accumulates in certain parts of body and results in a small red bumps on the skin.
These red bumps are irritating and cause severe itching. Prickly heat may attack people of any age. Small children are also affected with this disease as sweat in their body does not dry easily. They feel great discomfort during the prickly heat rashes. However, it does not cause any harm to them, nor it cause any other skin disease. Prickly heat can usually be found in folds of skin, or in on neck, chest or shoulders. If you develop prickly heat, you mainly want to keep area cool and dry. The rash should go away in 7-10 days.
What Causes Prickly Heat?
While prickly heat is common in summers, they could lift their ugly head in winters too. The excessive sweat clogs the skin pores, which, in turn, trigger these rashes. This happens when your perspiration gets trapped under the skin, instead of evaporating. That is why prickly heat rashes are seen commonly along skin folds, such as neck, waist, armpits, and groin. Researchers have not found the exact reasons behind the clogging of sweat ducts, but there are several contributory factors involved.
Common factors triggering prickly heat (miliaria) could be –
- Wearing clothes made from synthetic fibers that prevent perspiration from evaporating
- Intensive exercising or physical activity that involves high levels of sweating
- Using oil-based cosmetics leading to clogged sweat glands
- Wearing excessively warm clothes in winter triggering perspiration
- Certain medications, such as those for ADHD or blood pressure
Home Remedies for Prickly Heat
1. Oatmeal bath is one of the very effective home remedies for prickly heat. Add some oatmeal powder in to your bath water.
2. The common treatment for prickly heat is to apply non-perfumed talcum powder or the specially made prickly heat powder for four to five times a day.
3. Take some neem (margosa) leaves and make a paste by grinding with water. Apply this on sweat rashes. Neem has antibacterial properties and can heal the infectious blisters of advanced rash.
4. Apply aloe Vera gel on prickly heat to get relief from itching as well as to heal them. It contains excellent healing properties and will provide a cooling effect
5. Prepare a cooling compress for your itchy and dreadful prickly heat. Dilute 1 tsp of baking soda into 1 cup of cold water. Soak a clean washcloth into the solution and squeeze it out to remove excess water. Apply the cloth to the rashes. While the water will reduce inflammation, the baking soda will work towards easing itching and irritation. Repeat 4 to 5 times a day for best results.
6. Prepare a smooth paste by mixing cornstarch or flour with water. Smudge the paste over the affected areas and allow it to dry for about ½ hour. Thereafter, go for a cold water bath and wash off the paste.
7. Rub an ice cube on heat rashes to get quick relief from the burning sensation. You can also use cold compress or ice pack.
8.Take two tablespoons each of coriander powder and sandalwood powder. Add enough rose water to make a thick paste out of it. Apply the paste on your prickly heat rashes and let it dry. When dry, wash it off with cold water.
9. Dust your body with baking soda or sandalwood powder. Their cooling effect heals up the heat rashes fast.
10. Gooseberry: Take an earthen vessel and fill with water, then put some gooseberries cut in pieces in the pot and cover it. Leave as it is for the whole night. On the next day, mash up the berries in the pot, then filter the water, add sugar or honey and drink. It removes heat from the body and helps for digestive system.