Heat rash and sunburn cures

Sunburns can be identified by symptoms of tenderness, pain, itching and peeling of skin which has turned red as well as rash, nausea and fever. The sunburns can be first-degree and thus only superficial or second-degree involving the deeper dermis layer. Unfortunately once the skin has been sunburnt there is no immediate cure for it. However relief can be obtained by hydrating the skin. You can also apply Aloe Vera gel or vinegar on the skin to reduce the inflammation and pain. Rubbing mustard oil on the skin helps to get rid of excessive heat from the skin. Rubbing cucumber slices, or applying lavender oil or peppermint oil on the affected areas helps to cool the skin. Adding some baking soda, chamomile or lavender oil to your bath water helps soothe the skin. Similarly the starch in potato soothes the skin and you can rub some slices on the affected areas. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C and E, especially tomato, which work as good anti-oxidants and hasten the healing process.

Heat rash usually starts with perspiration, leading to bumps on the skin, which cause irritation and itching. You can use anti-itch lotions and creams to soothe the irritation. It is also important to dress in natural fabrics and cottons and avoid synthetic fabrics and plastic pants or diaper liners which do not absorb the sweat. For immediate relief you can apply an icepack to the affected areas, or a sandalwood paste. You can add a few tablespoons of baking soda or ground oatmeal powder to your bath water to soothe the itching. Margosa leaves added to the bath water are also beneficial. Apart from this consumed plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially grapes, buttermilk, juices and 6 to 8 glasses of water.

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