Prickly heat is also known as miliary, an itchy rash, small red spots arise that cause stinging or puncture of the skin. The rash can develop anywhere on the body, but most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and thighs.
Symptoms of prickly heat
If the sweat gland duct, clogged, then the sweat that stuck causing inflammation, which in turn will cause irritation and itching.
Prickly heat usually appear as blisters that are very small or very small reddish bumps on the skin.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Prickly Heat
Oatmeal is an effective home treatment for prickly heat. Add some oatmeal into the bath tub and stir it well. Step into the bath tub and lie in there for 15 minutes to ease the tenderness and soothe the skin. Repeat this twice a day.
Ice is another great solution for reducing prickly heat caused due to hot and humid temperature. Rub small ice cubes over the rashes to reduce inflammation and ease prickly sensations.
3. Sandalwood powder
Take 2 tbsp each of sandalwood powder and coriander powder. Add 2-3 tbsp of rose water and stir to form a smooth paste. Smear the paste over the affected areas and leave it to dry. Rinse off with cold water thereafter.
4. Fuller’s earth
Fuller’s earth or multani mitti is yet another great home remedy for treating prickly heat. Prepare the pack by mixing 4-5 tbsp of fuller’s earth, 2-3 tbsp of rose water and plain water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste over prickly heat and allow it to dry for 2-3 hours. Henceforth, wash it off with cold water.
5. Cold water
Soak a cotton cloth or sponge into cold water. Place the cloth over the pretentious area until all the water has been absorbed. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day. This will give you instant relief from inflammation and prickly heat.
6. Banyan tree barks
Banyan tree barks also help in treating prickly heat effectively. Take dry barks of the banyan tree and grind them into a fine powder. Apply this powder on affected areas for quick relief from prickly heat.
7. Margosa leaves
Take some margosa leaves and mash them a fine paste using water. Smear the paste over affected areas and leave it on the skin until completely dried. The antibacterial property of margosa helps in killing the germs and providing immediate relief from other skin diseases as well.
8. Baking Soda
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.
9. Lime Juice
Drinking lots of lime juice also works well in treating prickly heat. Consume 3 to 4 glasses of lime juice daily and you are sure to see the effects in one fortnight itself.
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.
11. Aloe Vera
Consider yourself to be lucky if you have an aloe vera plant at your home. Apply the gel of the aloe vera leaves on the affected regions. Leave it on for some time and go for a cold water bath.
Diet for Prickly Heat
The following dietary measures help in dealing with prickly heat :
- Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. While an average recommended intake of 8 glasses is recommended, this varies greatly depending on various factors.
- Consume cooling foods such as cucumber, lettuce, celery, beetroot, carrots, apples and lettuce.
- Drink an herbal tea made with nettle leaves. This helps to cleanse the liver and serves as an excellent remedy for heat rash.
- Drink buttermilk during hot summer months as it helps to increase the hydration levels in the body.
- Add coriander powder to water and drink daily. This helps to combat various types of heat rash.
- Make it a habit to drink coconut water on an empty stomach daily.