I used to experience prickly heat rash during the hot summer months. These are the natural remedies that were most effective for me.
Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is a problem that I used to experience during the hot and humid summer months. This condition is characterized by an extremely uncomfortable prickly feeling accompanied by itchiness. Excessive sweating in the damp weather gives rise to a bacterial infection that results in blisters and tiny red bumps on the skin.
Heat rashes generally break out wherever sweat accumulates, such as the waistline, forehead, and back. Children are vulnerable to these rashes because their sweat glands are not fully developed. The rashes can be severe and intensely itchy, with red pimples over the back, chest, and waist.
Here are some easy home remedies that facilitated healing and helped me find relief from the itching. This article is based on my own experience.
Natural Remedies for Heat Rash
Fuller's earth/Multani mitti
Neem leaf paste
1. Baking Soda
- Mix three tablespoons of baking soda in bathtub of water. Soak your body for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Let your skin air-dry after bath.
2. Aloe Vera
- Apply aloe vera gel or pulp to heat rash. Rub on face and leave on for 20 minutes. Repeat until rash has healed.
3. Sandalwood Paste
- Mix equal amounts of coriander and sandalwood powder with two or three tablespoons of rose water to make a paste. Smear over the effected area and let dry. Rinse with cold water and pat face dry.
4. Oatmeal Bath
- Add a little fine-ground oatmeal powder to your bath tub and take a dip for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Ice Cubes
- Rub small ice cubes over the area. This will help to reduce the swelling, inflammation, and swelling.
6. Gram Flour/Besan
- Mix besan or gram flour with water and apply over rash. Allow to dry. This helps reduce the inflammation and helps dead skin cells.
7. Fuller's Earth
- Make a pack of Multani mitti or Fuller's Earth. Mix five tablespoons of Fuller Earth with three tablespoons of rose or plain water. Make a paste and apply over the affected area. Allow to dry and wash off with cold water.
8. Neem Leaves
- Grind some neem leaves to make a paste and apply over rashes. Neem contains anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that help control the irritation and itchiness.
9. Avoid Sweating
- Try to keep your body dry. Stay away from synthetic or tight clothes. Wear cotton clothes to keep your body free of sweat in a hot and moist environment. Do not to scratch the rash and keep skin clean to avoid infection.
10. Talcum Powder
- Apply herbal, unscented talcum powder after taking a bath. Talcum powder will absorb the extra moisture from the skin, protecting your body from prickly heat rash. Follow this process three to four times a day to get rid of itchiness and irritation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Cyindy on January 28, 2018:
Don't know what is going on. Went to wk came home changed clothes sweatpants and sweater when I got ready to shower I had hives in my inner thighs and arm pits after shower I put on tee shirt and lay on couch with a blanket nectar thing I knew I was coved in hives all over my body itching and scratching like crazy. Went to dr gave me steroids they bought go alway and at night full Blown again.
onhomeremedies.com on February 25, 2017:
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Julie on September 27, 2016:
No more talcum powder! Causes ovarian cancer.
sha on March 18, 2015:
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Neha Sadana (author) from India on March 16, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by Thelma. Yes, talcum powder is most popular home remedy to cure prickly heat rash.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 15, 2013:
Thanks for this advice. My hubby has this problem when we are in my home country. Talcum powder is always his remedy. Thanks for sharing;-)