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A Simple Remedy for Prickly Heat


A rash(also called as Prickly Heat)is a change in the color or texture of the skin. A skin rash can be flat, bumpy, scaly, red, skin-colored, or slightly lighter or darker than skin color. Feeling hot and sticky is bad enough. A visible sign of discomfort only makes it worse. Such is the case with prickly heat (also known as heat rash), identified by clusters of small blisters that itch and appear where you perspire the heaviest-the armpits, neck, back, or creases in the elbows (but never the face).

Heat rash or prickly heat is caused by the blockage of the pores that lead to the sweat glands. It is most common in very young children but can occur at any age, particularly in hot and humid weather. An infant does not sweat. The sweat is held within the skin and forms little red bumps or occasionally small blisters. Hot, humid weather, sensitive skin, and overweight all aggravate prickly heat. Here are some simple ways to find relief.

Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
Dust the affected area with cornstarch.
Take cool baths to reduce itching.
Avoid hot, humid environments and stay in air-conditioned surroundings, if possible.

The key to managing prickly heat is to avoid sweating by staying in a cool environment. The rash will disappear in a couple of days.


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