What is Prickly Heat

Prickly heat is red itchy rashes on the body which are caused due to heat or over exposure to sun. It causes a burning and prickling feeling. Prickly heat can be irritating and painful too. It is also called miliaria. Prickly heat mostly breaks out on neck, back, waist, underarms and chest. It can affect the person of any age. It usually happens in hot and humid weather. It is not harmful for health and it only causes an irritating feeling. In hot and humid weather, when a person sweats, it clogs the pores of the skin and due to this prickly heat breaks out. It can lead to discomfort and most of the cases prickly heat is not severe. It goes on its own. There can be various other reason due to which prickly heat can attack you:

Applying creams and ointments Due to certain type of fabric Poor hygiene Due to physical activity

Due to all these reasons, prickly heat can attack. So it is essential to adopt some precautions in order to avoid prickly heat. Some of the precautions which you can take to prevent prickly heat are:

Avoid going in the sun during day between 11 am to 3 pm Try to wear very light and comfortable clothing in summers Use umbrella while going out Drink plenty of water Apply sunscreen on exposed areas of body while going out Try to keep yourself cool as much as possible

If despite of all these precautions, you get prickly heat then adopt some measures to keep your body cool which will reduce the discomfort caused due to prickly heat. Some of the home remedies which you can try to heal prickly heat are:

Sprinkle talcum on the areas where you have got prickly heat Take bath with cool water Applying Aloe Vera on the affected area can also give relief Apply calamine lotion on the affected area. Applying ice cubes on the rashes will also give relief.

Despite of trying all these remedies, if you feel severe pain or irritation on your body then it is better to consult your doctor. He/she will prescribe you with some medications which will help in severe heat rashes. Follow proper hygiene, it will help you in healing prickly heat faster. Prevention is always better than cure.

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