Heat Rashes Home Remedies | What are Prickly Heat Rashes? | What Causes Prickly Heat Rashes? | Tips to Spend Sweat Free Summer
What are Prickly Heat Rashes?
Prickly Heat also known as Miliaria (Scientific), Sweat Rash, Heat Rash (Common English), Ghamori (Hindi/Urdu), Ghamole (Marathi), Verkkuru (Tamil), Feizi (Chinese), Sarpullido (Spanish), Brotoeja (Portuguese), Ghamaci (Bengali), Potnitsa (Russian). Prickly heat occurs as a result of sweat duct blockage. Excessive dampness of the skin for long period can also cause prickly heat rashes. Hot and humid weather at tropical places and in summer can contribute sweat rash. The main symptoms of miliaria are itchy rash on the face, red spots on body (papules), and patches of eczema. Prickly heat rashes usually disappears within hours of the sufferer moving into the shade, or his or her acclimatization. Children, babies, the elderly and the obese are all particularly susceptible to heat rashes. Generally Miliaria crystalline, Miliaria rubra, Miliaria profunda and Miliaria pustulosa are different levels of heat rashes.
What Causes Prickly Heat Rashes?
Sweat gland blockage is the main cause. This blockage can be caused by dead skin cells or by bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis. This can cause itching, irritation and small blisters on body. Rashes can occur anywhere on body but upper chest, neck, elbow creases, back, under the breasts and under the scrotum are some common places for heat rashes. Tight cloths can rub against the sensitive body and can also cause prickly heat. Try our simple home remedies to get rid of prickly heat rashes. But if rashes start getting develop into open blisters or pustular lesions consult your doctor right way.
Prickly Heat Rashes Home Remedies
9 Best prickly heat rashes and miliaria natural home remedies for babies and adults. Also there are tips to enjoy sweat free summer.
- Neem Leaves: Neem leaves makes the powerful natural remedy as it has bacteria fighting properties. Grind fresh Neem leaves to make a paste. Apply on rashes and wash once dried completely. Its antiseptic properties will fasten the healing process.
- Sandalwood and Turmeric: Sandalwood and turmeric has anti bacterial properties which is effective on red rashes. Make a paste of sandalwood and turmeric by mixing equal amounts of these herbs with a little cool water. Apply gently to the rash area. Sandalwood will give you a cooling effect where as turmeric is considered as anti bacterial. Also keep your clothes clean. If you sweat easily, then change your clothes more often.
- Aloe Vera: Apply Aloe Vera cream to the itchy rashes. You can also use some pure Aloe Vera gel (with no preservatives added), or if you have access to an aloe plant, lightly rub a piece of the plant on the infected area.
- Fullers Earth: Fullers earth clay with it’s cooling effect makes perfect Indian cure for heat rashes. Mix fullers earth (multani mitti) with rose water to make thick paste. Apply it on rashes and let it dry. Wash with cold water once dried. It will absorb the heat and will lessen the irritation.
- Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant: Try a homemade herbal deodorant. Take cloves, myrrh, coriander seeds, cassia, lavender flowers, and thyme, in equal amounts and ground into a powder. Use in the bath, or under the arms. This may cause a rash in sensitive people.
- Calamine Lotion: Calamine lotion is effective to relieve itching and irritation. Calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream can relieve itching and irritation. Avoid oil based products.
- Chickweed: Make cold compress for heat rash with chickweed. Chickweed infusions can be made into cool compresses and applied to the affected area. If possible also apply it’s ointment.
- Cypress Oil: Cypress oil is astringent and refreshing, and can be massaged into the feet for excess perspiration, or combined with lavender oil in a light massage oil and massaged under the arms. A cool bath can be soothing for sufferers of prickly heat, but use mild soap.
- Marigold: Marigold infusion can be drunk to produce a perspiration increase, when necessary.
Tips to Spend Sweat Free Summer
- Wear light clothing which offers proper air circulation.
- Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to absorb moisture. Your feet will stay drier longer. Like cornstarch, baking soda will absorb sweat and hinder the fungi that thrive in damp conditions.
- Fill an empty box of your favorite scented powder with baking soda, a natural odor eliminator. use the puff to apply the newly scented baking soda to underarms.
- Use air conditioning to cool the house.
- Manage stress. A person’s psychological state affects body sweating. You may have noticed that, when nervous, not only do you sweat more, but you also smell worse than after a carefree run on a tropical beach.
- Avoid activities that induce sweating.
- Under arm antiperspirants contain aluminum salts, which temporarily block sweat gland ducts. Aluminum can alter DNA and the binding of estrogen to breast cells. Test-tube studies indicate possible cancer-causing effects. So be careful while using such products.