Your first line of defense against heat rashes would be to cool down your body’s temperature. Heat rashes occur because you have exposed yourself to the sun a lot or to a heat source which made you sweat a lot. Try to cool yourself down by putting yourself in an air-conditioned room, taking bath twice a day, and by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables.
While you wait for your body’s temperature and your skin to chill, try out these simple straight forward remedies to heal yourself.
Why do you have heat rashes?
Heat rashes or small bumpy dots around your neck, groin, armpits, and chest occur because you are sweating a lot lately and those sweats are trapped within your skin with nowhere to go. Normally, whenever you sweat, it evaporates and this cools down your skin. However, it so happens those sweat gets trapped by fabric and it doesn’t evaporate. When this happens, your skin swells and blocks the pores. Further, the trapped sweat perspires inside your skin which leads to a bumpy rash. When the trapped sweat leaks out, you will have a stingy sensation, hence the name prickly heat.
Heat rashes are quite a common occurrence during the summer season, and it is more likely to affect people who are heavy and women who have large breasts.
What are the treatments and home remedies for heat rash?
Heat rashes are fought with chillness or anything that cools your skin down. When you cool your skin down, the itching and swelling come down as well. Though there is a number of ways to treat heat rashes, I have compiled some of the simple and straight forward remedies that you can start straight away.
Remember heat rashes generally go away within two to three days of treatment. If you find your rashes to be persistent for more than one week, then try to check it with your dermatologist for the right diagnosis of your condition.
1 Ice pack
If you cannot take bath often or do not have time for it, then try to apply ice pack over the rashes for 10 mins every 6 to 7 hours.
2 Baking Soda
Fill your bathtub with cool water and dissolve few tablespoons of baking soda to it. Soak yourself in it for a few minutes.
This will help to bring down swelling, itching, and help your heat rashes to heal quickly. If you are not comfortable with baking soda, then you can add finely grounded oatmeal.
3 Cornstarch Powder
Cornstarch powder is not only useful in your kitchen it is also useful for your heat rashes. It is one of the most ancient remedies for heat rash and many people claim it works. Just apply some cornstarch powder directly to your rashes and let it absorb all the moisture and sweat.
Reapply the powder every few hours by washing and drying your skin beforehand.
4 Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has been used for a long time to relieve itching and speed up the healing process of heat rashes.
Spread some aloe gel over the rashes and let it get absorbed. Reapply every 4 to 6 hours and make sure to wash the skin well before each application.
5 Calamine lotion
The traditional pink lotion is also a very good remedy to bring down itching, and swelling caused by heat rashes.
Apply a thin layer of the lotion before going to sleep at night and wash it off in the morning using cool water.
6 Give it more air
Do not cover up your rashes. Doing so will make it worse. Try to expose to more air. Exposing the rashes to more air will speed up the healing and will also bring down the itching.
Try to wear cotton clothes that let more air in, and avoid polyesters, nylon, and woolen clothing.
7 Bath Two Times a day
One of the best and most effective ways to bring down your body’s temperature is by bathing in cool water. By bathing you not only cool yourself down but also wash away the dust and dead cells that might be blocking the skin pores which will speed up the healing.