Summer is a pleasant season for many but those who live in hot, humid and arid regions can vouch for how uncomfortable it can be. In these humid regions, sweat rashes or prickly heat is very common which is also called miliaria in medical terminology.
Sweat rashes which occur due to blockage of sweat glands owing to excessive sweating can happen to people of all ages and even infants. There are ways to prevent rash from sweating to occur but if it does, the home remedies discussed here will help you get rid of sweat rash naturally.
Prickly heat comes with excessive irritation and inflammation inducing blisters on skin. The soothing property of oatmeal helps in reducing itchiness providing instant relief. Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory in nature and if you are battling rash from sweating there is an effective way oatmeal can be used to help relax. Grind oatmeal finely and add a cup full into a bathtub filled with cold water. Mix the oatmeal nicely to render a whitish tinge to the water and soak yourself in this water for around half an hour before patting your body dry with a towel. Repeating twice daily will give best results.
Sandalwood is widely popular for its anti-irritation and cooling properties. A paste of sandalwood powder and rose water in equal proportions can be very effective in treating areas infected with rash from sweat. You can also add coriander powder if available to this mixture for better results. Apply a thick paste on affected areas and leave it undisturbed till it dries off. Rinse with cold water and pat dry your skin with a dry towel. These days sandalwood infused talcum powders are also readily available in the market and can also be used to treat sweat rash.
3. Baking Soda
Sweat rashes occur when the sweat glands are blocked due to excessive sweating or other conditions. Although bacterial infections, being overweight and leading a sedentary work or home life can be substantial causes for rash from sweating, usually the bursting open of these blocked sweat pores is what causes irritation and blisters most commonly. Baking soda which is an excellent exfoliating agent can cleanse these sweat pores or get rid of the bacteria naturally significantly diminishing the burning effect or irritation. Apply a paste of 1 spoon baking soda and cold water on affected areas and leave it to dry. You can also soak a clean cloth in this mixture and place the cloth on sensitive or badly affected areas. For sweat rash groin or armpit region, this is a convenient solution.
4. Cold Compress
Simply put few ice cubes in a clean cotton cloth and use it as a cold compress on rashes. Repeat every few hours for immediate soothing effect and relief from irritation. A cold shower or soaking in ice bath for a short time can also be effective.
5. Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s earth is widely popular for its potent medicinal benefits. Mix 4-5 teaspoon of fuller’s earth with 2-3 teaspoon of rose-water. Mix them well into a thick paste and apply of affected regions. Leave it undisrupted to dry on your skin. When it becomes dry and flaky, rinse it off with cold water. Fuller’s earth is extremely useful when it comes to treating rash from sweating.
6. Margosa Leaves
Margosa leaves have strong anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and are known for its medicinal uses. They can come in very handy to treat sweat rash, reduce inflammation and to provide a soothing relief while also cleansing the pores of any bacteria. Grind fresh margosa leaves with a little water into a thick paste and apply on sweat rashes and leave it to dry. You can add gram flour to this mixture for better results. Wash with cold water and pat yourself dry with a clean towel. You can also soak the leaves in cold water and use this solution to wet a cotton cloth and clean your skin.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera finds its use in a number of healthcare products owing to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Aloe Vera gel is known to be extremely good for skin and you can use freshly extracted gel from aloe vera leaves on infected areas to effective treat sweat rash.
8. Gram Flour
Gram flour is an excellent exfoliating agent and also provides moisture to your skin if made into a thick paste using water. Apply this paste on sweat rashes and leave for 20 minutes to dry. Rinse off with cold water for best results. This process can be repeated once daily to get rid of prickly heat.
Cucumber has high water content and is known to provide a cooling effect along with essential moisture if used on skin. Cut cucumber into slices and soak them in cold water mixed with lemon juice. Put these slices on the affected areas on your skin for 5-10 minutes. Repeat a couple of times every day to get relief from irritation and itchiness. Cucumber pulp can also be used to exfoliate the skin thus getting rid of any bacteria thus rendering a fast recovery from prickly heat.
10. Green Mango
Keeping your body cool and hydrated is essential if you have sweat rashes and this is exactly what raw mangoes help you do. Wash raw mangoes thoroughly and boil them till they are soft. Extract the pulp and mix it with a little rock salt, sugar and chilled water till smooth. Drink this natural recipe to treat sweat rash effectively and fast. Raw mangoes keep your body temperature cool and help speeding up the healing process.
Prickly heat or sweat rashes can be extremely uncomfortable and while these home remedies help you heal naturally and fast, there are some basic do’s and don’ts that you should follow meanwhile.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. Even when outside, try staying in shaded places.
- Take cold baths and shower at-least once or more every day.
- Sleep in air-conditioned or cool, windy and well-ventilated room.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids to keep your body hydrated.
- Spend too much time in direct sunlight.
- Use sweat rash cream or oils which are not certified and approved by your doctor.
- Wear tight or uncomfortable clothes.
- Rub, scratch or itch infected areas.
Sweat rashes occur commonly and also go away with change in weather, but these natural home remedies provided can speed up the process immensely without causing any side-effects at all.