Prickly heat occurs when the sweat gland ducts become blocked due to excessive sweating. Children and infants are more commonly affected by prickly heat than adults because their sweat glands have not fully developed. Prickly heat causes small, red eruptions on the skin that cause itchiness or a burning sensation. The sweat glands can become unblocked through natural herbal remedies.
Home Remedies for Blocked Sweat Glands
Various home remedies are available for unblocking sweat glands. Drink three to four glasses of fresh lime juice a day until prickly heat clears. Lime juice reduces internal heat, allowing the skin to cool and release blocked sweat glands. Similarly, sugarcane juice has cooling properties. Drink two glasses of sugarcane juice daily and results should appear in three to four days. Other juices that cool down the body include orange juice, lemon juice, watermelon juice and pineapple juice.
Apply watermelon pulp or juice on the affected skin area. Watermelon juice provides a cooling effect on the skin and can unblock sweat glands. For additional benefits, eat the watermelon to cool the body internally to calm the prickly heat. Eating and applying cucumber juice have the same effect as watermelons because of their cooling properties.
For a topical solution, take neem oil and mix it with camphor extract. Massage the oil solution onto the skin affected by prickly heat and leave on for about half an hour. Rinse the solution by taking a shower with cool water. This should clear the prickly heat in about three days.
Take a shower with cool water and cleanse with neem soap. Neem will clear the skin eruptions and provide relief to itchiness.
Mix equal amounts of sandalwood powder with rose water. Apply the paste to cure skin eruptions and cooling excess heat from the body. Sandalwood powder can also be used alone and brushed on the skin.
Make a paste using cornstarch and water. Apply the paste and leave on the affected area for half an hour. Wash the dried paste away with cool water.
Make a paste using Fuller's Earth and water. The paste should be liquid enough to apply a thin layer over the skin. Let the paste dry for about an hour and then rinse using cold water. The sweat glands will open and the prickly heat should be gone by the next day.
Apply cold compresses on the skin using a clean towel to cool down the skin and reduce inflammation.