Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Prickly Heat

prickly heatSummer has its share of skin woes. One of the commonest skin problems happening in this weather is prickly heat, which is a burning sensation and an uncontrollable urge to scratch the tiny, red, bumpy rashes on the surface of the skin. Prickly heat begins from neck but can affect other body parts too. Scientifically, it’s called miliaria rubra. It can happen to anyone but usually children are more prone to get it.

Why prickly heat happens?

Sweat is the body’s in-built cooling mechanism. Prickly heat happens when the sweat ducts get plugged due to bacteria or dead skin cells. This results in sweat being retained on the skin, which causes the rash. Now, you get it. To keep the uncomfortable itch at an arm length it is advisable that you bathe twice a day. Use a bath loofa and a gentle soap or body wash to scrub your skin in circular motion. This will help you get rid of the dead cells from the sweat ducts and let your internal cooling mechanism work well. If you wish to indulge a bit, add a few drops of EDT in your bath-water.

Home remedies for prickly heat

Normally, prickly heat goes away on its own with a small dose of TLC. You need to baby the  area a bit where the rash has developed and apply cool compresses on it.  Ice cubes are an effective way to soothe the inflamed skin. The cool cubes will provide relief from the itcy rashes. You can also use calamine lotion to earn instant relief. Prickly heat powders are effective too against the rash.

  1. If you have some time in hand, you can make a paste of sandalwood powder in rose water and apply it on the affected area. It works like charm.
  2. Fuller’s earth is a tried and tested remedy for prickly heat. Make a paste of thin consistency with fuller’s earth, rosewater and cucumber juice and put it on the affected area. Catch up on some reading while it dries and then wash it off.
  3. Ayurveda suggests to get rid of the body heat. Green coconut water is an excellent option to cool the body heat. You can also apply some of it on the prickly heat to earn relief.
  4. Eat watermelons. It will help quench the summer heat. Apply a bit of mashed pulp of the fruit on the prickly heat.

Be sensible and wear loose fitting cotton clothes this summer. Plan your activities in shade rather in the sun. Use body scrubs to clean your skin twice a week. Put some yoghurt in besan and you have an excellent body scrub. Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.

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