Now that winter is almost upon us, heat rash might be the last thing on your mind. However, you mustn’t let your guard down; heat rash or prickly heat can sneak up quite suddenly catching you unawares. Prickly heat rash can also occur due to swaddling oneself too tightly in warm clothes. Parents having newborn babies also tend to be rather overzealous while wrapping up their baby in warm winter clothes- a surefire invitation to newborn heat rash. We have discussed prickly heat treatment for babies before, but today, the focus will be on 8 easy DIY heat rash remedies to help you get rid of prickly heat rashes on the face and body.
8 Easy DIY home remedies for heat rash or prickly heat
1. Chickweed bath
Prepare a healing chickweed bath by steeping the herb in 2 quarts water. Steep for about 30 minutes then strain and add the remaining liquid to your tub bath. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes. You can also prepare chickweed bath by adding dried chickweed to a muslin cloth bag and attaching it around the hot water faucet. As the hot water fills the tub the chickweed gets infused in the bath water.
2. Calendula and apple cider vinegar bath
For severe rashes, add an infusion of organic apple cider vinegar and calendula flowers to the bath water. This will provide antiseptic and soothing properties which can help you get rid of heat rash quickly.
3. Cleanse and detoxify the insides with DIY herbal teas
Any rash on the skin, including prickly heat rash, is an indication of problems of the liver. Drink any one of the following teas to detoxify the body and cleanse the liver.
- Oregon grape root
- Yellow doc burdock
- Barberry root
- Burdock root
You can make the teas and drink them three times a day, or you can take above extracts in hot water (also three times a day). This is one of the best home remedies for heat rash on the face, arms, neck etc.
4. Itchy skin relief-DIY remedy
If the prickly heat rash is itchy and causing extreme discomfort, apply thinly sliced potatoes directly to the skin. This is an amazing folk remedy to help you get rid of prickly heat rashes overnight. You may use white or red potatoes as both are known to contain medicinal properties that neutralize acids and stop inflammation, itchiness etc. You can affix the potato slices to the skin with a tape or gauze and leave it on the rash overnight or for a few hours.
5. DIY poultice for heat rash
Make a poultice of Aloe gel and slippery elm bark powder and apply it to the heat rash. You can cover the rash with this thick mixture and use a gauze so it stays in place. Leave the mixture on for a few hours or overnight. Next morning, soak in a bath containing chamomile, calendula or chickweed.
6. For chronic heat rash
Chronic heat rashes indicate internal issues such as improper digestion of food. If your child keeps getting heat rashes, s/he must do a bowel cleanse. Many gentle herbs can be given to children under the guidance of a trained herbalist. Make sure the child also drinks plenty of water and has a bowel movement daily. Organic apple cider vinegar taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can also help cleanse the bowels. Cooling teas with peppermint, chamomile, lavender, nettles etc can also be administered three times a day to get rid of rashes overnight. Taking acidophilus can help supply good bacteria to the gut and reduce the activity of the harmful bacteria to benefit the skin.
7. Preventing heat rashes
There are many things you can do to prevent heat rashes:
- Sip on water and herbal teas.
- Stay in a climate controlled or air conditioned room
- Wear loose comfortable clothes
- Avoid heavy winter wear. Dress in layers so you can easily remove layers in case you feel hot.
- Maintain ventilation so that the sweat can evaporate easily.
- Limit physical activity in summers.
- In summers, take lukewarm baths with chickweed or colloidal oatmeal added to them.
8. Prickly heat powder
Many good quality prickly heat powders are available in the market. Make sure to dust the powder liberally after bathing to prevent sweating and to cool down the skin. You can also apply baking soda which absorbs the sweat and prevents itchiness. Soaking in a bath mixed with warm water and a cup of baking soda can also relieve itching. In babies, sprinkle baby powder or talcum powder in the armpits, torso, stomach and diaper areas etc to absorb moisture.
Keeping the skin cool is the best way to prevent heat rashes. Apply some ice to the skin and also make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water. Keep the air circulating or use an air conditioner in summers to prevent heat rashes.