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With the onset of summers, we are constantly troubled by the problem of itchy prickly heats. Prickly heats are caused when the sweat glands orifices are blocked by dirt and sweat takes the form of small bumps on the surface of the skin. This is a common problem and sooner or later you will be reaching out for some talcum powder. Before you do that, here are some things worth knowing about prickly heats and how you can get relief with simple home remedies.
Prickly heats cause itching along with a stinging and burning sensation. Occurrences are more common in children because their sweat glands are not fully formed and sweat accumulates easily underneath the skin and leads to formation of red, itchy bumps. Prickly heats primarily appear on the back, neck, face, forearms, chest and thighs.
This happens when humidity in air rises during summers. Prickly heat is not a dangerous disease but it definitely creates an uncomfortable condition for the sufferer.
Avoid being outdoors under the sun
Avoid wearing synthetic clothes in summer
Wear loose cotton clothes
Maintain personal hygiene
Bathe with cool water
Drink water at room temperature
Staying cool indoors can help a lot.
Usually the prickly heats subside within a few days but to help this along and to get quick relief from the discomforting sensations here are some effective and proven home remedies.
Consume fruits because they have a cooling and soothing effect on your body. Muskmelon, watermelon, sugarcane juice, lemon water, milkshake & Lassi are good summer time food items that will keep you cool and comfortable in summers.
A spoon of Gulkand (rose petal jam) thrice a day will help. You can add this to a glass of milk
Khus (Vetiver) Sherbet or lemon juice is also cool in nature and helps in reducing prickly heats
Apply Chandan (Sandalwood) paste on affected area for immediate relief
Apply watermelon or papaya seeds on prickly heats. This reduces itching and burning sensation of the affected area
Applying ice cubes on prickly heats will reduce discomfort
Place thin slices of freshly cut potatoes on the affected area
Haldi (turmeric) and Honey has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. Apply a paste of honey and turmeric, bathe after half an hour.
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