Summer is a great time to relax and have fun under the sun. However, this isn’t always true, particularly for people suffering from prickly heat or heat rash. Medically known as miliaria, prickly heat results when blocked pores trap sweat under the skin. It’s a common skin condition that affects not just babies but adults as well, particularly during hot, humid weather.
Though rarely a serious condition, prickly heat can be quite irritating and unbearable. Good thing there are things found in your house that could quickly relieve the itchy and prickly sensation brought on by prickly heat.
The best way to relieve prickly heat is to cool your skin. Applying cold compress to your skin will immediately do that, providing instant relief from inflammation, prickly sensation and itching.
Wrap several ice cubes in a dish cloth and place this over the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure every four to six hour for two to three days. This will help heal the rashes and help prevent the rash to spread further.
Baking soda acts like a gentle exfoliator, gently unclogging pores by sloughing off dead skin cells and other impurities. This in turn relives the itchy and prickly sensation brought on by the rash.
Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of cold water. Soak a small towel or a washcloth in the water and wring off the excess. Place the washcloth over the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure four to five times a day for a week.
Aloe vera provides natural relief to prickly heat because of its anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing properties. Just extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf, apply it on the affected area and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Take a cold bath after. Do this twice a day within a week.
Just like aloe vera, cucumber’s natural cooling effect makes it a perfect relief for prickly heat. Cut a cucumber into thin slices then soak them in a bowl of cold water with two tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply the cucumber slices on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes. Do this three times a day for a week.
Papaya is a moist, fleshy fruit that can provide relief from prickly heat. Mash a papaya and place the pulp over the affected area. Leave it for 25 minutes then wash it off with water. This should cool the affected area and relieve the itching.
Chick pea or gram flour
Chick pea flour, a.k.a. gram flour, effectively absorbs extra moisture off the body, thereby providing relief from the itching and prickly sensation.
Add a little water to two 2 to 3 tablespoons of chick pea flour to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this procedure once a day for about a week.
Oatmeal is often used to relieve prickly heat due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritating properties. It has a soothing effect on the skin and provides instant relief to inflammation and itching brought on by the rash.
Simply add one cup of finely ground oatmeal to a bathtub filled with cool water. Stir the water until it turns a milky color. Soak in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes then pat yourself dry with a towel, Do this twice a day for a week to get instant relief.