Natural Home Remedies for Summer Skin Problems

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Natural Home Remedies for Summer Skin Problems

Natural Home Remedies for Summer Skin Problems

-Dr. Yatish Agarwal 

Under normal conditions, your body’s natural control mechanisms—skin and perspiration—adjust to the heat. However, the Indian summer can buckle the stoutest of bodies. These systems may fail when you are exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods. You should therefore learn to pick the first signs of heat related problems and act before the situation gets out of hand.
Remedies for Summer Skin Problems

HEAT RASH

Heat rash, or prickly heat, is a common problem during the summer months. Children, men and women all may suffer. The condition occurs due to blocked sweat glands. The sweat collects underneath the skin, invites a skin reaction, and leads to tiny pimple-like spots. The surrounding area becomes a stingy red and you experience irritation and itching. Called miliaria rubra in medical jargon, the rash is most severe in such parts of the body, which come in close contact with clothing. Infants and overweight people, who sweat more profusely, suffer most.

HEAT RASH REMEDIES 

1. Move to a cooler climate : 

The first basic principle to treat heat rash is to move to cooler conditions. Stay in an air-conditioned room. Or better still, pack your bags and move to the mountains. This would reduce sweating to a minimum, unburden the sweat glands and give sweat ducts opportunity to recover. Ten days of this therapy shall free you of heat rash.

2. Use calamine lotion : 

Calamine lotion acts as a cooling agent and relieves itching. Apply it three or four times a day.

3. Take Vitamin C : 

You may also chew one gram of ascorbic acid daily. It might stimulate quick recovery.

4. Wear loose-fitting clothes : 

Wear loose-fit clothes made out of soft fabric such as cotton. Change frequently. Make sure that your clothes are rinsed well after washing. Irritant detergents, rough clothing and tight dresses can worsen heat rash.

5. Use gentle soaps : 

Frequent bathing and excessive use of soap, especially a harsh soap, and unnecessary application of medicaments do not help. They can worsen the condition. The best is to use a mild soap containing hexachlorophene.

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6. Avoid the culinary sweat : 

Hot foods laden with spices and condiments, curries and tikka stuff increase sweating and can make heat rash worse.

7. Curtail the cocktail : 

Alcohol increases sweating and therefore, it is best to restrict it. 8. Check weight : Being obese makes you sweat more. You must try and lose weight, if you find the scale tipping wrong side. 9. Do not scratch : Scratching can lead to secondary bacterial infection.

HEAT CRAMPS

Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms. They usually occur after vigorous exercises and profuse perspiration. Your abdominal muscles and calf muscles are most likely to get affected.

HEAT CRAMPS REMEDIES 

Take it easy : Rest briefly; cool down. If you are carrying a cricket bat on the field or marching to the bowling run up, it’s time to take a break in the pavilion. 2. Replenish salt and water : Eat salty foods. Drink water with a teaspoon of salt per litre.

HEAT EXHAUSTION 

Signs of heat exhaustion include an increased temperature, faintness, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, an ashen appearance, cold, clammy skin and nausea. Symptoms often begin suddenly, sometimes after excessive perspiration and inadequate fluid intake.

HEAT EXHAUSTION REMEDIES 

1. If you suspect heat exhaustion, move out of the sun and into a shady spot or air-conditioned location. Then, lie down. Elevate your feet slightly.

2. Loosen or remove your clothing.

3. Take cold (not ice) water to drink, or an electrolyte- containing drink such as one supplemented with Electral or Prolyte mix. Although less dangerous than heatstroke, never treat heat exhaustion lightly. It can quickly turn into heatstroke.

HEATSTROKE 

If you are negligent about your fluid and salt intake, indulge in vigorous exercise, or use alcohol, you are vulnerable to suffer heatstroke. Elderly, obese people and heart patients are particularly at risk.

The body temperature goes up to between 102 and 104 degree Fahrenheit. Heartbeat becomes rapid. Breathing is rapid and shallow. Mental confusion may occur. Fainting can be the first sign. The victim may suffer headache, chills, and nausea and vomiting. A victim may stop sweating, but this is not a reliable sign.

HEATSTROKE MANAGEMENT 

If you suspect heatstroke, get emergency help immediately. Move the victim out of the sun :

Shift the person into a shady spot or air-conditioned space and give the victim a sponge bath. If the situation is more serious, wrap the person in wet sheets. This will help the lower the body’s internal temperature quickly and hasten recovery.

Replace fluids and salt :

If the person is conscious, give him cold water to drink. Add a teaspoon of salt to one litre of water to replenish salts. If, however, the victim is feeling severely nauseated or is vomiting, have a doctor attend on him. Intravenous fluids should be best in that situation.

Improve circulation :

Raise the legs of the victim, and rub his legs to improve the blood flow to the heart.

Know the danger signals :

If the victim suffers further increase in body temperature, stops to sweat or his skin becomes hot and dry, rush him to a hospital. If you are away from civilisation, do not panic. Act quickly to lower his body temperature. Move him to a cool place. Pour cold water on him and fan him. Take his temperature every 15 minutes if possible and stop pouring cold water on him only when his temperature comes down to 100 degree Fahrenheit. Look for medical aid.

Prevention is better than cure :

The best course is to work at prevention of such emergencies. Exert yourself in the heat only if it’s a must and drink lots of water with salt throughout the day. Carry a water bottle or a large jug with you, and use it!
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