Prickly heat rash is characteristic of summers and, in general, of hot and humid weather conditions. When sweat is trapped underneath the skin, it irritates the skin pores and causes tiny red rash known as miliaria or prickly heat. Prickly heat in itself is quite innocent. It is itchy but normally clears in a day or two provided you take good care like cooling showers as well as keeping yourself clean and dry during the day. When it doesn’t clear, however, it interferes with body’s cooling mechanism often leading to fever. In extreme cases heat rashes accompany heat strokes or sun strokes. Sunstroke is a serious condition because it leads to dehydration, dizziness, headaches, confusion etc. Fluids, both saline and nutrients, then become necessary to restore the water balance of the body. In younger kids heat rashes lead to irritability. Babies suffering from heat rashes also tend to scratch the rash leading to secondary skin infections. Many parents like to look for holistic and gentle cures for this skin condition. One of these includes homeopathic remedies for heat rash that is gaining popularity owing to the fact that these medicines can cure the rash from its roots to eradicate and prevent it from recurring.
Homeopathic remedies for heat rash
Prickly heat rashes occur on different parts of the body, especially those covered by clothes, like the neck, back, abdomen, groin and armpits, and in infants even in the folds of skin in the leg pits. Some homeopathic remedies for heat rash are:
Sulphur is a useful homeopathic prickly heat rash remedy. It is especially recommended when the rash is red and itchy or the sensation worsens at night. If there is a burning sensation all over the body and the skin is dry and scaly too, sulphur is useful. Bathing with warm water often increases the irritation and aggravates the condition- so try to opt for cooling baths. Take Sulphur 200 and you should see marked improvement in the rash.
Graphites is useful when the prickly heat rash erupts and oozes thick fluid that looks like pus. Heat rash eruptions are rare and occur only when the rash gets infected. You usually find oozing rashes behind the ears, on the head, over the genitals and on the eyelids. Take Graphites 200 and if the condition persists, consult a homeopathy doctor.
When prickly heat worsens and leads to fever, take Natrum Mur 200 and consult a homeopath to avoid further escalation.
Take Astacus Fluv if chills and headache accompany prickly heat fever.
These are some of the most effective homeopathic remedies for heat rash. Let us now consider some tips to prevent heat rashes.
Some tips to avoid prickly heat
- Stay cool. Use a hand fan or an electric fan to keep your skin dry and drink plenty of fluids to help prevent the rashes from worsening.
- Wear comfortable clothes made of cotton. Avoid synthetic fabric and try to wear cotton underwear.
- Take cool showers after exercise
- Keep your skin sufficiently moist by using oil free moisturizing/sunscreen lotions.
- Carry an umbrella or wear a hat when going out in the sun.
- Avoid going out into the sun at peak time (from noon till 3 PM).
- Apply cold milk with a cotton swab or apply calamine lotion over the affected area to sooth the skin.
How to procure homeopathic remedies for heat rash
You can buy most of the aforementioned homeopathic remedies for heat rash online or visit a homeopathy doctor. Homeopathy doctors usually also study allopathic/conventional medicines and their effects on human body as part of their 4-year course. They also learn how, if they do, homeopathic and allopathic medicines react with each other. The benefit of using homeopathic medicines for heat rashes is that they provide long term relief without adverse side effects.
Sometimes heat rash or prickly heat is accompanied with other heat symptoms. Homeopathic treatment is holistic and can treat all these multiple conditions with one or very few alternating medicines. Consult a homeopathic doctor if prickly heat doesn’t subside or is accompanied by other symptoms.