Home Remedies for Prickly Heat
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Prickly Heat

Prickly heat is irritating and painful. Prickly heat, also known as prickly heat rash, is caused when sweat accumulates in certain parts of our body and results in a small red bumps on the skin. These red bumps are irritating and cause severe itching. Prickly heat mostly affects back, underarms, near waist area, and chest. Prickly heat may attack people of any age. Small children are also affected with this disease as sweat in their body does not dry easily. They feel great discomfort during the prickly heat rashes. However, it does not cause any harm to them, nor it cause any other skin disease.

Prickly heat can effect in any type of weather. It attacks mostly in hot and humid climate. Depending upon the severity of the attack, the red bumps may persist somewhere from 4--5 days to 4--5 months . The main cause of prickly heat is the accumulation of sweat in certain parts of the body from where it cannot dry easily. This accumulated sweat later cause blockage in the sweat gland and results in red bumps and severe itching. This article will explain in detail about the various home remedies for the treatment of prickly heat or prickly heat rash.

  1. Dos and Don'ts for Prickly Heat
  2. Symptoms for Prickly Heat
  3. Home Remedies for Prickly Heat

Dos and Don'ts for Prickly Heat

There are several reasons of Prickly Heats. The major causes include excess intake of alcohol, smoking, unhealthy and stressful life style. Excess consumption of junk food, untimely food eating habit also led to Prickly Heat. Acidity and food poisoning may also lead to Prickly Heats. Other causes for Prickly Heat include cancer, side effects of certain medicines, etc.

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Prickly Heat Symptoms

The main symptom of prickly heat is small red bulges over chest, back, around waist area, etc. Severe itching and inflammation around the bulges are other symptoms

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Home Remedies for Prickly Heat

The easiest way of getting reed of prickly heat is sitting in cool room or taking a cold-water bath. Other ways for getting instant relief from prickly heat are as follows:


Oatmeal powder is an effective home remedy for prickly heat. Add little amount of it in a bath tub and stir it well. Take a dip in the bath tub, oatmeal powder will give fast relief from inflammation and soothes the skin.

Talcum powder and ointments:

Apply herbal or non-perfumed talcum powder after bath. This will absorb extra moisture from the body and protect from prickly heat . Repeat this process 4-5 times a day. The only idea is to keep the body dry and free from sweat and moisture. Similarly, there are some herbal ointments and lotions like aloe vera-rich lotions that can be used for soothing the affected skin.

Ice cubes:

Ice cubes are another best choice for treating prickly heat caused due to hot and humid temperature. Rub small ice cubes over the red bulges. The cool ice cubes will reduce the inflammation and will also puncture the red swellings.

Gram flour:

The other natural way of getting relief from prickly heat is by applying gram flour, or besan paste over the infected area. Cover the red bulges with this paste and allow it to dry. Wash it off with cold water. This helps in removing all the dead skins and relieves from inflammation . This is one of the useful home remedies for prickly heat..

Sandalwood powder:

Another effective natural home remedy is sandalwood paste. Take equal amount (1-2 tablespoon) of coriander and sandalwood powder. Add 2-3 tablespoon of rose water and prepare a paste. Apply this paste over the infected area and allow it to dry. Wash it with cold water. Similarly, dry the barks of banyan tree and grind it into find powder. Apply it over the infected area. This too will give fast relief. This is one of the best home remedies for prickly heat..

Fuller's earth or Multani mitti:

Multani mitti is one of the best remedy for treating prickly heat. Prepare multani mitti pack, by adding 4-5 tablespoon of mitti, 2-3 tablespoon of rose water and plain water to make a thick paste. Apply it over the back, and other affected area. Allow it to dry for 2-3 hours and then wash it off using cold water.

Margosa neem leaves

Take 20-25 neem leaves and make its paste using water. Apply it over the affected area and allow it to dry. This is one of the important home remedies for prickly heat..

Wet sponge

Take cotton cloth or sponge and soak in cold water. Keep it over the affected area until all the water is not absorbed away. Do this 2-3 times a day. This gives relief from inflammation and prickly heat. One can also add few drops of oatmeal,

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I was told putting ice cubes on the infected area can aggrivate the rash even more.
#1 - Gabrielle - 08/11/2010 - 03:20
is it possible to have this rash on arms and legs?
#2 - miles - 03/02/2011 - 06:20
THANKS FOR ALL THESE ADVICE AND REMEDIES! My ypunger brother badly needs this ;)
#3 - nutz - 06/07/2011 - 09:15
thanks these are great ones as my 5 year old is badly affected whit this....
#4 - RICHA S JOSHI - 07/16/2011 - 05:08
thanks a lot for the line up
#5 - DD - 04/16/2012 - 01:27
thnkz.......i badly need this
#6 - pretty girl - 04/21/2012 - 22:48
I am on Tb medication and dermatitis and prickly heat are my latest side effects. The best and only sure help (personally) i feel is using lacto calamine and aloe gel together (mild thin film) and siting in the ac.Powders specific to prickly heat also help . Can you suggest something for the dermatitis please (because of my medicines).I have itching and it also is a strange burning sensation and very aggravating.
#7 - minal - 05/26/2012 - 08:14
NIce and will follow this immediately.....
#8 - Sanjay Kumar - 05/31/2012 - 02:31
thanx a ton 4 d help!!
#9 - sindhu sharma iyer - 06/13/2012 - 05:06
Dear Minal,

You should see a homeopathic doctor. All other treatments for dermatitis will take time. Also, some natural remedies can take too long for you to be patient in such a tough situation. In homeopathy, Bryonia is a good medicine for Prickly heat and Radium Bromatum is good for dermatitis. However, consult a doctor for the right dosage. Hope this helps.

#10 - Gonidhi - 07/04/2012 - 14:14
Hi ive had a very painful rash under and over breast. doctor gave me but it burned it even more one gp said it was shingles but another gp said heat rash either keeps comg back (over 3 month period can u help only thing that helps is cold cloRAIth or ice pack) thanks.
#11 - iris - 07/25/2012 - 17:26
Truely helpful tips and also saves Time,Money and Energy without getting worried or running after the doctor.
#12 - Tekonxpress - 05/04/2013 - 00:14
thanxxxx I needed it a lot........................=D
#13 - SHAHINA - 05/07/2014 - 03:20
I need some more remedies that can totally stop rashes in one day
#14 - Tanishq - 05/24/2015 - 23:02
Symptoms of prickly heat red or pinkish patches on the skin. A number of home remedies to cure rash however Prickly Heat Natural Treatment is effective and reduce its causes.
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