HOME REMEDY FOR HEAT RASH
1. Baking soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can soothe itchy skin. It’s also something most of us have in our pantry. This makes it a great home remedy for heat rash and other itchy skin conditions.
Add 3 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda to a lukewarm bath and soak for about 20 minutes.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic that can cool down the skin while preventing infections. This can help soothe swelling and pain. Use aloe vera gel directly on your heat rash to relieve the discomfort.
Neem (margosa) can be used on a number of skin rashes. Research has shown it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, human studies are limited.
Neem powder can be combined with water to make a paste. This paste can be applied to the rash, left on for a few minutes, and washed off. Neem powder can also be added to a lukewarm bath.
4. Hydrocortisone cream
Hydrocortisone cream can be used to relieve heat rash. It’s available over the counter at any pharmacy and can be applied once or twice a day to soothe itching.
While you can use it short term on your baby’s skin, don’t apply it under the diaper. It could further irritate the skin.
5. Epsom salt
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has a range of claimed health benefits. A lukewarm bath with a cup or two of Epsom salt may relieve itchiness, according to anecdotal accounts.
If you give a child an Epsom salt bath, make sure they don’t swallow any water. When consumed orally, Epsom salt is a laxative. In excess, it can cause diarrhea.
6. Calamine lotion
Calamine lotion has a number of benefits for the skin, partly because it contains zinc oxide. It can help treat heat rash by soothing itchiness. Dab some calamine lotion onto your rash using a cotton pad. Reapply as needed.
7. Unscented talcum powder
Talcum powder reduces sweat by absorbing perspiration. In turn, this ensures the pores aren’t blocked.
Use unscented talcum powder, as scents might irritate your skin. Apply a little on sweat-prone areas like your underarms, backs of your knees, and inner thighs. Coat the skin and let it sit as if it were an antiperspirant deodorant.
Research suggests sandalwood is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, meaning it may reduce pain. Sandalwood powder mixed with a little water and applied to the rash can reduce the burning, painful sensation associated with heat rash.
Mix 2 parts sandalwood powder with 1 part water to make a pastelike substance. Before applying it to your rash, test it on a small patch of unbroken skin. If you don’t have a reaction after an hour, you should be able to apply it to the rash without any further issues.
9. Cool baths and showers
Heat rash usually eases up after the skin is cooled down. Bathing in cool water can help with this. Washing the skin gently can also unclog the pores. This is crucial, since clogged pores contribute to heat rash.
Ensure that you dry your skin properly after bathing. Skin that’s left wet can get irritated.
10. Ice packs or cold cloths
Cold compresses are great for soothing irritated skin. Face cloths soaked in cold water, or ice wrapped in a cloth, can reduce the pain and irritation associated with heat rash.
Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the rash.
Over-the-counter antihistamines whether topical or oral can relieve the itching associated with heat rash. If you’re giving an antihistamine to a child, be sure to talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist about which types are best.