No one likes the sight of pesky, ugly looking rashes on their skin. They are a great nuisance for people, especially who like to flaunt their bodies during the summers. The stinging sensation has also been a concern, making the pain unbearable at times. In some discreet locations, it can even affect your walking style.
There are surely many treatments available in the market. But ask yourself, do you really want to spend money on that? Something that is curable with items available at your disposal. Items that could be present anywhere, from your store room, your refrigerator, your kitchen to the long forgotten cupboard. Prickly heat can be treated in the comfort of your homes. Before we begin, let’s have a look at some of the aspects which result in prickly heat in the first place and how do you know if you are suffering from it.
Symptoms of Prickly Heat
1.) Red Lumps Appear On the Skin
Prickly heat occurs due to the constant blockage of the sweat glands.It can in time lead to infection and cause the skin to enlarge and finally form a red lump.
2.) Sticky Skin
Due to the constant blockage of sweat glands, the skin starts getting sticky. There will be times when your clothes get stuck to the skin and cause immense pain. Many at times even leading to public embarrassment. Make sure to wear loose clothes during these times.
3.) Development of Rashes
After the development of the lumps, rashes will start appearing over the affected area. The rashes can vary in size depending on the intensity of the prickly heat. The rashes can be the basis for immense pain and allergy all over the skin.
4.) Irritation and Stinginess
The most despised part of the whole process is when the stinging like sensation appears. There is a weird suffering as soon as anything comes in contact with the prickly heat affected spot. The second point along with this can make for a perfect nightmare. Moreover, it is bound to happen when you least expect it. Think public places.
Cause of Prickly Heat
- Unhealthy Diet.
- Blockage of Sweat Pores.
- Unhygienic Lifestyle.
- Use of Anti Perspirants
- Use of Synthetic Clothing
Home Remedies for Prickly Heat:
1.) Aloe Vera as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
Also known as the holistic plant; this one can do wonders for your skin. The plant is known for its medicinal properties and can come in handy, both in natural and gel form. The leaves of the aloe vera plant can be boiled and then the medicinal liquid can then be used. A more appropriate method of doing it, is to secrete out the gel from the plant. The gel can then be applied directly to the area you want the pain to subside.
2.) Tea as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
Surprised! Well, there is nothing astonishing about tea being able to get rid of prickly heat. A special kind of tea can be prepared using nettle leaves to knock it out. Nettle leaves can be boiled for 20-25 minutes and then the freshly prepared tea can be consumed. Drink nettle herbal tea at least 3 times in a day, to get rid of prickly heat once and for all. This may not be the fastest of all the available treatments but will in the end rejuvenate your skin.
If nettle is not your thing, then mint tea can also do the trick. Apply the same procedure to prepare mint tea.
3.) Corn Starch Powder as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
One among its many all around qualities, is its ability to cure prickly heat. Corn starch can not only heal the problem but can also prevent it from beginning at the first place. Corn starch has sponge like properties. Due to this ability, it absorbs any oil or dust particles after sticking to the sweat glands. Mix it with water and form a paste. Apply the paste gently and wash after 20-30 minutes.
4.) Oats as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
Many of us despise them for breakfast but none of us can disagree on its healthy properties. Oats along with keeping your calories, cholesterol and blood sugar in control, can also tackle the menace of prickly heat.
- Mix oats with water, until a paste like solution is formed.
- Apply the paste over the affected area.
- Wait for 15 minutes.
- Wash it off and see the results yourself.
5.) Watermelon as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
This is one of my favourite fruits and provides the perfect respite from summers. You can either consume it in the form of juice or apply its skin after getting rid of the seeds. The fruit is high in vitamin C, making it ideal for skin treatment.
6.) Bathe with Cold Water
Prickly heat is more prevalent in summer months, especially among adults. This to a certain extent verifies the fact that heat is responsible for it. Therefore, it always is a good idea to ideally take a bath with cold water immediately after it starts developing. The cold water will provide you swift respite from the inflammation and the stinging sensation.
7.) Cucumber as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
There is a reason you see all the spa and beauty products featuring a woman with sliced cucumber on her eyes. Cucumber is recognized for its healing properties. Just slice a few of them and apply them over the prickly heat affected area. Another way of doing this, is to either drink cucumber juice or applying it over the skin. This should definitely do the trick for you. Leaving you with nothing like irritation but a refreshed skin.
8.) Apply Ice Cubes as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
Just like the sixth point, this one is effective as well. The case being that it can provide a faster relief. Just take some ice cubes and apply them directly over the skin. You could also place them in a cloth to create an ice pack treatment.
9.) Ginger as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
Ginger clears your throat as well as prickly heat.
- Boil a sliced piece of ginger in water
- Take a sponge and apply the ginger water over the skin.
- Continue the treatment, until you get some respite from the pain.
10.) Potato as a Home Remedy for Prickly Heat
- This vegetable is mostly available in every household. This one involves a simple procedure.
- Just cut some raw potatoes and apply them over the affected area.
- You will in no time see the rashes reducing.