Heat rash, sometimes referred to as prickly rash is a condition that develops following the blockage of the sweat glands. This causes sweat to be retained in the body, thus resulting in inflammation of the skin which is what causes the rash. The most common symptom that accompanies this condition is the formation of tiny red bumps on the skin and an itching sensation that is often likened to a prickly feeling (hence the name). The rashes may form small blisters too.
Heat rash often develops in parts of the skin where it folds or sections of the body with extremely tight clothing that does not permit free air circulation. The condition often appears on the face, neck, back and thighs just a few days following exposure to extreme temperatures. Some of the risk factors associated with heat rash include obesity, excessive clothing especially in cold seasons, immobility (especially in cases where one has very warm bedding) as well as living in areas with hot climate. in babies, heat rash is usually the result of excessive clothing in warm weather.
Ideally, the treatment of this rash focuses on first eliminating the extreme heat before focusing on home remedies that should be able to work effectively. Heat rash is rarely fatal, but you must contact a doctor if the rash is accompanied by extreme chills, fever, pain and pus-filled blisters as this could be indicative of a potentially serious condition. Listed below are some of the ideal and easy-to-get home remedies that you can use to treat heat rash at home. Whichever remedy you opt for, it is important to remember the need to get rid of the contributing factors to speed up the recovery process.
1. Cold Treatment:
Time Required: 20 Min
What you Need: A handful of ice cubes/ ice cold water and a clean cloth. Cold shower (optional).
One of the easiest ways to treat a heat rash at its onset is to use cold treatment. This not only provides immediate relief from the inflammation and itchiness, it also helps sooth the skin. There are different ways in which you can use this remedy. The first involves using an ice pack, the second a soaked washcloth and the third a cold bath. While this remedy is very effective, it may not be suitable for small babies as the sudden drop in temperatures may actually put the baby at risk.
- Place the ice cubes on a clean cloth and tie both ends loosely to create a pack.
- Massage the pack on the affected skin for 10 minutes at a time.
- Replace the melted ice cubes and repeat this process every four hours for a couple of days. this will speed up the process of recovery as well as restrict the spread of the rash.
- Place a few ice cubes in a bowl of water and soak a clean washcloth in it for a few minutes.
- Squeeze the excess water and dab the cold towel on the affected skin.
- Leave the washcloth on the skin for about 10 minutes.
- Repeat this procedure four times daily until the rash clears.
- Simply take a cold shower to reduce the intensity of the heat rash as well as get much-needed relief from the prickly sensation.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup finely ground oatmeal, bathtub filled with cool water and a soft towel.
If you are looking for an excellent soothing remedy to help treat heat rash, then look no further than your kitchen cabinet for this popular breakfast item. Oatmeal is ideal for the natural treatment of this rash, thanks to its excellent anti-inflammatory and soothing healing properties. When added to water to provide a bath soak, the oatmeal provides immediate relief from the symptoms associated with heat rash. Make use of this popular remedy to ease the itching sensation caused by the rash.
- Add the oatmeal to the bathtub and run cool water.
- Stir the water until it acquires a milky color.
- Soak your body/affected part in this water for half an hour.
- Rinse the skin using cool water and pat dry with a towel.
- Repeat this remedy at least twice weekly or until the rash completely disappears.
3. Neem Leaves:
Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: A handful of fresh neem leaves, a pestle and mortar, 1/2 cup gram flour and cool water to rinse. You may also use the leaves, 2 cups of water, strainer and cotton cloth.
Neem leaves are a popular home remedy for a number of skin conditions. As such, it is no surprise that these herbal leaves may be used to treat heat rash naturally. The leaves not only have anti-inflammatory properties, they are also effective at managing the itchiness and reducing the inflammation. There are two key ways in which you can harness the healing goodness of neem leaves: either by preparing a paste for topical application or by boiling the leaves and using the solution. Follow either set of directions to get relief from the heat rash.
Preparing the Paste
- Clean the handful of neem leaves well before crushing using a pestle and mortar.
- Add the gram flour and then grind the leaves until you have a rough paste.
- Apply this paste on the skin and let it dry on its own.
- Once dried, wash off the paste using cool water for added relief. Use this remedy twice daily.
Boiling the Leaves to use the Solution
- Place a handful pf the neem leaves in a pan and add two cups of water so that the leaves are fully covered.
- Boil the leaves for about 15-20 minutes and strain the liquid.
- Allow the resulting solution to cool down until it acquires a tepid temperature.
- At this point, soak a clean cloth in the solution for a minute before applying on the affected skin.
- Use this remedy at least once daily until the heat rash disappears.
4. Baking Soda
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, cold water and a clean cloth.
Heat rash is caused by the blockage of the skin’s sweat pores, resulting in the accumulation of sweat which in turn leads to inflammation. One of the simplest ways in which you can treat heat rash is by using baking soda, a natural skin cleanser. When applied on the skin as a solution, the baking soda exfoliates the skin and unclogs skin pores by eliminating dead cells and debris that are found on the surface of the skin. This effectively addresses the root cause of the rash while clearing the itching sensation.
- Add the baking soda to the cup of cold water and stir for complete dissolution.
- Soak a clean washcloth in the resulting solution for a minute and then squeeze the excess solution.
- Place the wet washcloth on the affected skin for about 15 minutes.
- Repeat this procedure thrice daily for best results.
5. Sandalwood and Rose Water
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Equal parts of sandalwood and rose water as well as cool water for rinsing. Sandalwood powder (optional)
Sandalwood is a befitting home remedy for the natural treatment of heat rash. The powder used helps get rid of the itchiness and, more importantly, cools down your body’s temperature which is integral to recovery. The powder is mixed with rose water to create a paste which is applied topically. Rose water is perfect because it soothes the skin and makes the remedy more effective. Prepare the paste by following the directions listed below.
- Take 1 part each of both sandalwood powder and rose water and mix well. ( 1 part represents whatever measure you opt for as the amounts vary depending on the extent of the heat rash).
- Mix the two well until you have a smooth paste.
- Use the tips of your finger to apply and massage the paste on the affected skin.
- Wait for about 20 minutes before rinsing the paste off.
- Alternatively, sprinkle sandalwood powder on the affected skin immediately after taking a shower to ease the symptoms.
- Do this in pretty much the same way you’d use talcum powder on your skin.
- Use this remedy twice daily to eliminate heat rash.
6. Fuller’s Earth:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/4 Cup of Fuller’s earth, rose water and cool water to rinse.
Fuller’s earth, just like oatmeal, has extremely great soothing properties which is why it is recommended for the natural treatment of heat rash. The remedy’s medicinal properties reduce the extent of the rash while eliminating the itchiness that accompanies this type of rash. For ease of application, you will need to prepare a paste using Fuller’s earth and rose water whose health benefits on the skin have been mentioned above.
- Add rose water to Fuller’s earth in small amounts until you have a paste with your desired consistency.
- Apply a thick amount of the paste on the affected skin and allow it to air-dry.
- Once dried, rinse your skin using cool water.
- Repeat these simple steps once daily for a couple of days until your skin is back to normal.
7. Aloe Vera:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh aloe vera leaf and a cool bath.
Aloe vera, possibly a miracle remedy for skin conditions, is one of the simplest ways to get rid of a heat rash. The gel obtained from the leaf not only has a cool sensation that reduces the intensity of the associated symptoms, it is also rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties that provide much-needed relief. Note that if you are prone to heat rashes, or live in an area with very hot climate, you may want to plant your own aloe vera for a steady supply of nature’s own solution to heat rashes.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the leaf in order to extract the gel.
- Rub this gel on the affected part of the body. Alternatively, make gentle cuts on the leaf and press it downwards on the rashes.
- Let the gel dry on its own for some 20 minutes or so,
- Follow this up with a cool shower or bath.
- Repeat this remedy twice daily for as often as you need to until the rash clears.
8. Raw Cucumbers:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Medium-sized cucumber, a bowl of ice-cold water, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and cool water to rinse.
One of the most popular similes is ‘as cool as a cucumber’, and for good reason because cucumber’s cooling sensation offers much-needed relief from a heat rash. when massaged gently on the skin, the cucumber also helps reduce the body’s temperature, and by extension, the intensity of the symptoms. Add a bowl of ice cold water to increase the remedy’s efficiency.
- Chop the cucumber to get thick slices which you will place in a bowl containing ice-cold water for a few minutes.
- Add a few drops of the lemon juice to the water.
- Remove the cold cucumber slices and place them on the affected skin for 15 minutes.
- You may rub the skin gently using the slices.
- Finish up by rinsing the skin.
- Repeat this procedure thrice daily to ensure the heat rash is completely healed.
9. Additional Tips for Managing Heat Rash:
In addition to the aforementioned remedies, the following tips go a long way in preventing and healing heat rash quickly.
- Stay away from excessive heat as much as you can. If you need to spend some time in the outdoors and there is stifling heat, it is best to spend time under a shade. A wide hat also comes in very handy for this purpose.
- Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably made of cotton. Synthetic fibers only contain the heat and prevent sweating, which then leads to the heat rash.
- Cool your body on hot days by simply taking a cold shower or bath. After showering, let the skin air dry instead of using a towel which sometimes causes further skin irritation.
- Use skin products that are specially formulated for your skin to prevent blockage of the sweat pores. In the same breath, it helps to avoid petroleum-based skin products as this tend to cause further clogging of the sweat pores.
- Sleep in a cool environment.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day to reduce the chances of getting a heat rash.
Heat rash will usually disappear within a few days of using the natural remedies above. If however, this does not happen and the condition seems to get worse by the day, seek professional medical help to prevent a skin infection.