Miliaria (heat rash or prickly heat) is a skin disease marked by small and itchy rashes. Miliaria is a common ailment in hot and humid conditions, such as in the tropics and during the summer season. Although it affects people of all ages, it is especially common in children and infants due to their underdeveloped sweat glands.
Symptoms of miliaria include small red rashes, called papules, which are irritated and itchy. These may simultaneously occur at a number of areas on a sufferer’s body, the most common including the upper chest, neck, elbow creases, under the breasts and under the scrotum. Other areas include skin folds, areas of the body that may rub against clothing, such as the back, chest, and stomach, etc. A related and sometimes simultaneous condition is folliculitis, where hair follicles become plugged with foreign matter, resulting in inflammation.
Prickly Heat (Miliaria) Treatment
What are Symptoms of Prickly Heat (Miliaria)?
The symptoms relating to miliaria should not be confused with shingles as they can be very similar. Shingles will restrict itself to one side of the body but also has a rash-like appearance. It is also accompanied by a prickling sensation and pain throughout the region. Those who suspect they have shingles and not miliaria should seek medical advice immediately as the sooner antivirals are taken, the better.
The most severe form of miliaria (extreme prickly heat), miliaria profunda rashes, sometimes referred to as “wildfire” due to the rapid spread and severe burning sensations, generally occurs as a complication of repeated episodes of miliaria rubra. The obstruction is located deep in the structure of the sweat gland, causing the gland’s secretions to leak between the superficial and deep layers of the skin. The rash, and associated symptoms, tend to appear within hours of an activity provoking sweating but similarly fade within hours when the stimulus for the sweating is removed.
Prickly heat rash, miliaria profunda is characterised by non-pruritic, flesh-colored, deep-seated, whitish papules. The rash tends to be flesh-coloured as opposed to the prominent redness of miliaria rubra, and the risk of heat exhaustion is larger. Miliaria profunda is also less-commonly known as Mammillaria.
Prickly heat can be prevented by avoiding activities that induce sweating, using air conditioning to cool the environment, wearing light clothing and in general, avoiding hot and humid weather. Frequent cool showers or cool baths with mild soap can help to prevent heat rash.
Common prickly heat is nothing but the small itchy rashes or boils caused by sweat entrapped under the skin.
What Cause Prickly Heat (Miliaria)?
Miliaria is due to blockage of sweat ducts. Human body has thousands of sweat glands that lie just under the skin surface. These glands make sweat which travels down the sweat duct to the skin surface. If the sweat duct is blocked, the sweat seeps into the nearby skin. This causes tiny pockets of swelling (inflammation) which cause the rash.
Some people are more prone to miliaria than others. It seems that a germ (bacterium) called Staphylococcus epidermidis may play a role. This bacterium lives harmlessly on the skin and miliaria is not an infection. However, this bacterium makes a sticky substance. This substance combined with excess sweat and dead skin cells may cause the blockage. One study reports that people who develop miliaria when they sweat have, on average, three times as many bacteria per unit area of skin compared with those who do not develop miliaria when they sweat.
Anything else that blocks the sweat ducts can also cause miliaria. For example, if you place polythene tightly on your skin for 3-4 days, you are likely to develop a miliarial rash on the covered skin.
Prickly Heat (Miliaria) : Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies
Some home remedies which are effective for prickly heat are
1. Washing the affected parts with discarded water during washing Rice, gives relief from prickly heat.
2. Brinjal (Byangan) pieces dipped in water for some hours. This water used to wash the affected area gives relief from prickly heat.
3. Taking bath only with cold water also helps to get relief from prickly heat.
4. Applying Henna paste (Mehandi) gives a quick relief from prickly heat.
5. Massaging the body with Gingery (Til) oil, also helps to get relief from prickly heat problem.
6. Fenu greek seeds (Menthi) dipped in water and later grinded with Coconut to form a paste. Applying this paste on the whole body and head half an hour before taking bath, gives relief from prickly heat.
7. Applying Harad (Haritaki) powder mixed in water on the body before taking bath, helps to get relief from prickly heat.
8. In stead of using soap go for Soap nut (Shikakai) or Gram flour (Besan) which helps in controlling prickly heat.
9. Applying Goose berry (Amla) paste on the affected parts, gives relief from prickly heat.
10. Applying Bitter gourd (Karela) juice mixed with small quantity of eating Soda on the affected parts, gives relief from prickly heat.
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