Prickly heat is an itchy rash of small sized vesicles, common in hot moist weather. It begins with excessive perspiration usually in a hot and humid environment. Perspiration makes it easier for dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin to block the sweat glands, forming a barrier and trapping sweat beneath the skin, where it builds up, causing the characteristic bumps. As the bumps burst and sweat is released, there may be a prickly, or stinging sensation.
Remedy No 1 : For prickly heat, apply thick solution obtained by mixing powdered jeera (cumminseed) with coconut oil. Bathe it off after some time. Repeat this for few days or until cured .
Remedy No 2 : In the case of prickly heat, apply rice water obtained by washing rice before cooking.
Remedy No 3 : With summer setting in children often develop prickly heat over their shoulders and back. Try dipping a piece of cotton in rose water and dab it over the child’s body. Repeat it twice a day and see the result. Make sure school uniforms or clothes are stiched using natural materials and are thin.
Stay away from direct heat of the sun
Wear loose fitting clothes made of cotton or atleast 60% Cotton and 40% Polyester
If you scratch, it will itch more, so avoid scratching.
Restrain from applying thick creams and talc as it will only close the pores.
Seek medical advice if:
- Heat rash does not go away on its own within a few days.
- You develop an infection in an area where you recently had heat rash.