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Written by Parveen Kumar   

Prickly Heat and Skin Treatment in Naturopathy

Prickly Heat & Skin TreatmentPrickly heat rash happens when your sweat glands get blocked because of too much perspiration and sweat accumulates in certain parts of our body, mainly on back, underarms, waist region and chest resulting in small red bumps on the skin. These red bumps are irritating and cause severe itching. Prickly heat may affect people of any age.

 

Causes of Prickly Heat

  • Over exposure to the sun.
  • Unhealthy and stressful life style.
  • Excess intake of alcohol, smoking.
  • Excess consumption of junk food.
  • Acidity and food poisoning.
  • Side effects on certain medicines like steroids, etc.

Food to be Added

  • Intake of foods rich in vitamin A (carrot, pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, papaya etc) and linoleic acid (flax seeds, dark green leafy vegetables etc), an essential fatty acid, is recommended.
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids like butter milk, infusion of coriander, tender coconut water, sugarcane juice, lime juice, Amla and kokam juice, etc.
  • Increase intake of fruits that have high water-content like watermelon, pineapple or cucumber. • Fresh mint or lemongrass tea is to be consumed because of its cooling properties.
  • Honey cools and calms the affected area and replenishes natural sugars lost due to sun exposure.

External Application

  • Take cold water bath twice every day.
  • Take ice in a cloth and put on the skin for a few minutes. The cool ice cubes will reduce the inflammation.
  • Apply gram flour paste over the infected area. Cover the red bulges with this paste and allow it to dry. Wash it off with cold water. This helps in removing all the dead skins and gives relief from inflammation.
  • Watermelon or cucumber pulp, neem paste can be applied to the affected areas due to their soothing properties. Olive or lavender oil application too has soothing effect.
  • Aloe Vera gel is highly effective remedy for soothing prickly heat as it is endowed with anti-inflammatory properties and tissues regenerative substance, such as zinc.
  • Prepare a paste by taking equal amount (1-2 tablespoon) of coriander, sandalwood powder and 2-3 tablespoon of rose water. Apply this paste over infected area allow it to dry. Wash it with cold water.
  • Prepare multani sand pack, by adding 4-5 tablespoon of sand, 2-3 tablespoon of rosewater and plain water to make a thick paste. Apply it and allow it to dry for 2-3 hours and then wash it off using cold water.
  • Cold poultices, showers and compresses are also recommended.

Don’ts

  • Do not apply direct ice to the affected site as this can just aggravate the condition.
  • Stay away from direct sunlight as much as possible.
  • Do not cover heat rashes; allow moisture to dry so that they can be heal faster.
  • Do not use a towel after the bath; allow the skin to dry in air.
  • Avoid hot baths and showers.

Avoid

  • Avoid junk foods and untimely foods.
  • Do not eat foods that may lead to acidity.
  • Avoid smoking, intake of alcohol, unhealthy and stressful life style.

Prevention

  • The air need to flow freely over the skin’s surface-wear white cool, loose, cotton clothing. Dark colors absorb heat,.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, mainly water,
  • Eat high water contents fruits and vegetables to cool the body.
  • Keep the skin clean and dry. Take a bath twice during summers.
 
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