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Health & Beauty: Heat Rash

January 2nd, 2013 No Comments

HEAT RASH

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.  😛

My Stomach Beforehand

My Stomach Beforehand

My Face Before

My Face Beforehand

Aloe Vera

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.

Sodium bicarbonateBaking 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.

Fan

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

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

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.

My Face Afterwards

My Face Afterwards

Stomach After A Few Days

Stomach After A Few Days

Peace Be With You,

Chyina

PS.  Now for the legal spegal.  I Hate this part.  :p

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

 

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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. :)

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Those splotches look very familiar! Around here, in August, both the temps and humidity can go above 90. I hate those days…. I’d rather have it be 20 below!

 

    You and me both. Having grown up in Michigan, USA I’m use to cold. When I moved to Australia my biggest concern for adjustment was the heat. So far I had done fairly well and was quite proud of myself. That’s what I get for being too cocky. 😛

     

      That confused me at first… one of the first of your posts I read put you in Oz, and then I bump into … Michigan? I didn’t know there was a Michigan in Australia… 😕

      My mom was born in Escanaba (in the U.P.). The one I “let get away” married some other guy and moved to Detroit. (And then there’s the whole Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins thing.)

      Mixed feelings about the Mitten state is my point…. Gotta love the way it’s shaped, regardless! 😀

       

        Lol, yeah, it gets confusing I know, but I like to keep people on there toes. I was born and raised in Michigan. Lived in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, along with several small towns.

        But my mum moved to Australia about 8 years ago to live with my adoptive dad, who was born and raise in Oz. I came over for a visit and decided not to leave.

        I have to agree. No matter your feelings for the state itself, it is still cute as hell when pictured on a map. 😉

        Ps. Tigers all the way baby! 😀

         

          Tigers came awfully close this year, and I was rooting for them! (The Twins stopped being a contender, oh, around May.) I was so delighted to watch them take down the Yankees 1-2-3! And kinda bummed to see them taken down by the Giants 1-2-3.

           

            One time I’d love to see the four major Detroit teams win their respective championships in the same year! Man that would be a sight to see.