Do you ever wonder what makes your body do stupid things to you when you least expect it to?
Well I do, and this past week or more has made me wonder that very question even more. See I came down with a case of heat rash just before Christmas (great timing I know). I haven’t had this since I was like 13 years old. Now all of a sudden it decides to show its irritating face again.
For those who may not be familiar with it, heat rash is a bunch of bumpy red spots that develop when your body sweats but can’t cool itself properly. It itches and burns, and in some case can spread to large portions of the body, turning into red welts and blotches. It’s kind of like having the itchiness of Chicken Pox with the burning of a sun burn. 🙁
Most people go to the doctor’s, or pick up things from the pharmacist/chemist. But did you know there are natural aids to help relieve and even eliminate this pesky thing? Well there is, and although these are usually slow acting compared to western medications, they can be an alternative. For me doing the following things have helped greatly….
My before, and very unflattering, photos. 😛
Aloe Vera – If you have a plant in your garden or on your window sill then you are ahead of the game. If you don’t, get one! They are wonderful plants! Simply pull a leaf from the plant, cut of the little ‘spikes’ on the sides and split the stem down the middle so that you have two flat halves. Take the halves and place the inner fleshy portion on the irritation. Aloe is also water soluble, so when it starts to dry re-dampen it with a cool slash, or cloth, of water. Aloe has natural cooling agents in it as well as antiseptic properties.
Baking Soda – This is a great way to gently exfoliate the blocked pores that can contribute to heat rash. Pour some into the palm of your hand and wet lightly with water. You want to keep the grainy texture of the soda without turning it to paste or washing it away. Then rub this on the affected area to clean and open the pores. Be sure to rinse off thoroughly.
Air Circulation – Be sure to keep cool with a fan or air conditioning system. This will help alleviate your bodies need to sweat and worsen the heat rash.
Cold Compress – This is also helpful with cooling the body, and affected areas. The rash area is general hotter to the touch then unaffected areas (similar to a sunburn) and this is a great way to localize a cooling effect. A hand towel soaked in cold water works equally as well.
Shower/Bath – The main cause of heat rash is the bodies inability to evaporate sweat. This leads to a collection of sweat and grim. 😛 Keeping your body clean will help keep the pores unblocked and will help in the healing process.
Loose Clothing – Be sure to keep your clothes, and even bedding, on the loose side. Your skin needs to breath and wearing restrictive clothing or wrapping up in covers can be counterproductive to getting rid of this.
These are my, a little not-so-unflattering, after photos. Keep in mind this is only after 2-3 days of the above steps. Still, it’s a marked improvement and continues to get better.
Peace Be With You,
PS. Now for the legal spegal. I Hate this part. :p
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About the author Chyina
I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)