Summer time is always a tough season for all of us. Summer season becomes a nightmare to those who experience prickly heat. Adults, children and infants can be affected by this kind of skin problem. In the terms of medical it is known as miliaria. People living in a humid and hot climate are affected by prickly heat. It is also known as sweat rash or heat rash. Living in the humid and hot climate causes excess sweat which causes the sweat gland to block. When these sweat glands are blocked, it burst out and results as an irritation in the skin which is commonly known as prickly heat. Other causes of prickly heat can be bacterial infections and undeveloped sweat glands. Below are some home remedies you can try that can be very effective as they do not have any side effects.
Best Cures For Prickly Heat:
The property of sandalwood is that it acts as a soothing agent that can be very effective in the prickly heat. It also helps in cooling down the temperature of the body which is very essential to have a fast recovery from prickly heat. Mix sandalwood and rose water in equal amount and apply this paste on the affected area, rinse it off with cold water after the paste has completely dried.
Baking soda works as a gentle exfoliating agent that is very helpful in unclogging the pores by removing the dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities that have blocked the pores of the sweat glands. Baking soda helps in relieving from the itching and inflammation that is caused by the prickly heat. Add a teaspoon of baking soda in cold water, soak a cloth and wring the excess water. Place the cloth on the affected area and repeat this process 4 times in a day for a week.
Multani mitti is also known as Fuller’s Earth. Multani mitti is full of medicinal properties which will help to treat the prickly heat, lessen the irritation and inflammation. Make a thick paste of multani mitti mixing with rose water. Apply this paste on the area affected by prickly heat and wait until it dries to wash off with cold water.
Neem also known as Margosa in English, have the properties as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that is very helpful in controlling prickly heat. The Margosa leaves can be used in various ways to treat prickly heat. Make a paste of neem leaves by crushing them apply this paste until it dries and wash off with cold water; another way is bathing with neem water.
Cold compress gives instant relief from the itching and inflammation caused by prickly heat. Wrap few ice cubes in a piece of cloth and place it on the affected area, this can be repeated several times in a day. Cold shower can also reduce the intensity caused by the symptoms of prickly heat.
Oatmeal is one of the most popular home remedy for prickly heat as the properties of oatmeal is anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory as well as soothing. It gives a soothing effect which gives instant relief from the prickly heat. Soak your body into the mixture of water and grounded oatmeal for 20 to 30 minutes; repeat this twice in a week to get relief.
Aloe Vera is a cooling agent which is very helpful in relieving from the irritation and inflammation caused by prickly heat. All you need to do is extract the Aloe Vera gel from the aloe leaf and rub the gel on the affected area. Leave this gel for about 20 minutes and wash off with cold water.