Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

10 Ways to Heal Prickly Heat Naturally

Summer has its share of skin woes. One of the commonest skin problems happening in this weatheris 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, its called miliaria rubra. It can happen to anyone but usually children are more prone to get it.

Thankfully, Dr Preeti Chabbra Consultant Ayurveda at Ganga ram Hospital Delhi shares numerous home remedies for prickly heat rash that you can try your hand at. It is advisable to use two or three remedies simultaneously for quicker and more effective healing.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel: The anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties of aloe vera help in easing various types of skin rashes, including those of prickly heat. Just pluck an aloe leaf and squeeze out the natural gel in the leaf onto the affected part of the body. It will help alleviate the inflammation and also ease the redness. If you cannot lay your hands on an aloe plant, use your aloe rich moisturizing lotion.
  2. Fullers Earth (Multani mitti) has long been used for treating prickly heat. Take four tablespoons of Fullers earth and mix a few drops of rose water to make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and wash off with cold water after about three hours.
  3. Raw potato: Slice up some medium sized potatoes and apply the slices on the affected area. You also can dab the areas with the slices. It will ease the itchy and prickly sensation.
  4. Watermelon: Take some watermelon, de-seed it and make a pulp. Apply the pulp on your rash for immediate relief. You can also gulp down a glass of crushed watermelon to heal from within by hydrating your skin.
  5. Ginger: It has long been used in Asian culture for its medicinal properties. It also can help ease the itching and stinging sensation caused by prickly heat. Grate some fresh ginger root and boil it in water. Let the water cool and then use a sponge or clean, soft washcloth to dab your skin with this solution.
  6. Ice Cubes: Take some ice cubes and put it in water. Once the water gets chilled, use a clean, soft washcloth to dab the water on your skin. Alternatively, you can also rub ice cubes on your skin to get relief from that prickling sensation.
  7. Camphor: This grandmothers home remedy for prickly heat is extremely effective if you experience a burning sensation and itching. Take a mallet and crush the camphor into powder. Mix a little neem oil in the powder to make a gooey paste. Apply the paste on your skin. It will feel cool and refreshing.
  8. Coriander Leaves And Sandalwood Powder: Grind some dried coriander leaves and mix sandalwood powder. Use rose water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your skin like a face pack. Let it stand till the paste dries and then use cool water to rinse it off. Coriander is known for its antiseptic properties, while sandalwood helps to ease the burning and prickling sensation.
  9. Cucumber: Applying peeled slices or plup of cucumber on your skin helps to beat the petrifying burning sensation.
  10. Neem is well known for its astringent, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. Crush neem leaves to make a coarse paste and apply it to affected area for quick relief from the rashes. Alternatively, you can use neem oil along with powdered camphor to be used in a similar manner to heal prickly heat.

Be sensible and wear loose fitting cotton clothes this summer. Plan your activities in shade rather in the sun. And drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.

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