Recently we had covered an article on foods to avoid if you suffer from skin rashes, especially heat rash. Today, we will be covering food to eat for itchy skin. These foods may not get rid of a rash overnight, but they will certainly boost immunity and help prevent skin rashes and further complications.
What is a heat rash?
Heat rash or sweat rash (miliaria or prickly heat) is common in adults and children. It typically occurs in hot, humid months when the body sweats excessively. The sweat usually cools the body and regulates its temperature. But in some cases, the sweat glands are clogged by bacteria, trapping the sweat underneath the skin. This leads to tiny pustules and blisters which are itchy, red and irritating.
Symptoms of heat rash
- Red hot itchy skin
- Tender to touch
- Slight fever
- Irritation, discomfort
- Typically seen in folds of the skin, neck, armpits, groin or under the breasts
Most heat rashes go away on their own.
Heat rashes usually look more dramatic and serious than they are. You need not apply anything to the rash. The best way to treat a heat rash is to keep the skin cool and stay indoors on hot summer days, especially during peak sunny hours. You can also cooling colloidal oatmeal baths or apply some soothing Aloe Vera gel to the rash for relief from inflammation and itching. For very intense itching, you could take some Benadryl or antihistamine. Avoid scented creams and soaps while bathing.
Food to eat when you have heat rashes
Whole, organic and unprocessed foods
Avoid fast food. Eat whole grains like millets, buckwheat, brown rice, cereals, rye, etc. Stay away from refined flour. A raw natural diet is a good option for people with recurrent skin rashes.
As long as you are not allergic to nuts, go for nut butter and nut milk instead of dairy. Dairy products like milk and cheese tend to aggravate rashes. Drink rice milk, almond milk or soy milk instead. If you must choose dairy, select organic, hormone/additive free dairy products.
Use cold pressed coconut oil
Extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil is a great alternative to cooking media like butter, margarine and other unhealthy cooking oils (canola, vegetable oil, and peanut oil). Coconut oil has healing, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. You can also apply the oil on the rash topically to get relief from itchiness and pain. The lauric acid in coconut oil is also found in breast milk and is highly toxic to bacteria, viruses and fugal agents that cause rashes on the skin.
Probiotic is the best food to eat for itchy skin. It supplies friendly bacteria to the gut and keeps the immune system functioning normally. So go for probiotic foods like plain yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, kefir etc.
Flax seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds are some other food good for skin allergies. Snack on these foods from time to time during the day or sprinkle them in your shakes, smoothies and cereals.
An anti-inflammatory diet will provide you with vitamins D3, B12, Magnesium and Zinc which are all great for preventing and curing rashes on legs, face and other areas of the body naturally. Many foods fall in the anti-inflammatory category including most fruits, green tea, avocados, turmeric, ginger, seaweed, leafy green vegetables, fatty fish, nuts, olive oils etc. These contain antioxidants that heal the skin and prevent rashes. An anti-inflammatory diet also has numerous other health benefits.
Apart from these foods, do study the list of foods to avoid when suffering from heat rash. Check out other resources on this site to prevent and treat heat rashes quickly.