Seven Solutions to Relieve Heat Allergies

17 January, 2020
Heat allergy can lead to all sorts of rashes. Here are some remedies you can apply to prevent abrasions due to scratching.
 

Heat can cause allergies called urticaria. This is a negative reaction that affects the skin due to sudden changes in the body and climactic temperatures. This tends to happen from prolonged exposure to the sun and other sources of heat. This can also occur after high-impact exercise.

You will see a rash, eruptions, and redness. This is almost always accompanied by an uncomfortable sensation of itching and burning. The rash appears on the cheeks, the neck, under the breasts and in other sensitive areas of the skin.

In some cases, this condition can even cause a fever, nausea and stomach problems that manifest themselves with pain and inflammation. If so, you must seek immediate medical attention to control it.

Mild cases often disappear once the skin cools down. In addition, there are some natural solutions that can greatly improve it. Would you like to know what they are? Find out what are the seven best remedies you can use at the first sign of heat allergies.

How to treat the symptoms of heat allergies

The symptoms of heat allergy are uncomfortable but may disappear on their own after 24 hours. If they don’t they may be alerting you as to another underlying problem. Thus, you must consult a doctor or dermatologist for treatment.

There are some measures that can help you relieve the symptoms of heat allergy. According to an article in National Health Service in England, they include:

  • Wear loose cotton clothes
  • Use light bedding
 
  • Take cold baths
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated
  • Apply a cold compress
  • Don’t touch or scratch the rash

If necessary, your doctor or pharmacist could suggest a drug treatment that may include:

  • Calamine lotion
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Hydrocortisone cream (this is nor recommended for children under 10 years and pregnant women)

Natural solutions to relieve heat allergies

When it comes to relieving heat allergy, there are some remedies of natural origin that can help soothe your symptoms. However, you must keep in mind that they’re ancient remedies that often lack scientific analysis to support their effectiveness.

Despite this, most are safe to use and don’t pose risks of side effects. Thus, if you wish, you can try them at home to try to soothe your symptoms. Use one at a time though, as using several at the same time can prove counterproductive. Are you ready to try them?

1. Dry yeast

A petri dish with dry yeast

There are no studies to prove that applying dry yeast to the skin can help calm the itch and the rash caused by heat allergies. However, it has a soothing effect through an external application that can help reduce irritation.

 

How to use it

  • Dampen a bit of yeast with water and rub it over the irritated skin.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat until the symptoms disappear.

Read also Brewer’s yeast – How to use it for health and beauty

2. Ice for heat allergies

Applying ice over the skin is one of the most well-known remedies to alleviate the irritations caused by heat allergies. In fact, an article in the American Academy of Dermatology recommends it as a temporary method to soothe an itch.

How to use it

  • Wrap several ice cubes in a soft cloth and gently rub the irritated area for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Repeat two or three times a day.

3. Olive oil

A bottle of olive oil

Olive oil is a product that promotes skin health thanks to its content of monounsaturated fatty acids. Research published in the journal Plos One suggests that the fats present in olive oil can help prevent facial photoaging.

In addition, it helps hydrate your skin when applied externally and it minimizes the itching and irritation associated with allergies.

How to use it

  • Apply a little bit of olive oil on the skin a rub softly.
  • Let the skin absorb it and repeat it twice a day.
 

4. Aloe vera

Of course, aloe vera gel can soothe the symptoms of this type of skin ailment. Its refreshing composition alleviates eruptions and decreases redness caused by heat.

In fact, a review in the Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia found that this plant helps in the treatment of various dermatological problems, such as dermatitis, burns, herpes, and psoriasis, among others.

How to use it

  • Grab about a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and rub it on the affected areas.
  • Wait for 20 minutes and then rinse it with cold water.
  • Repeat this procedure three times a day.

5. Chamomile infusion

A cup of chamomile tea next to fresh chamomile flowers

Cold chamomile tea is a refreshing lotion for controlling the irritation and eruptions produced by this heat allergies. In addition, you can drink it to regulate your body temperature.

Even though the evidence in regard to its effects on the skin is limited, an article in Molecular Medicine Reports indicates that it’s useful against the discomfort associated with skin irritation.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp of chamomile
  • 1 c. of water

How to use it

  • Add a tablespoon of dry chamomile to a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rub over the affected skin when it’s temperature is tolerable.
 
  • In addition, drink one or two cups a day.

6. Oatmeal

Oatmeal has hydrating, repairing and calming properties. It’s also a great remedy for this condition. Applying oatmeal directly decreases redness, calms the itching and alleviates eruptions and rashes.

In this regard, there’s a review in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology and it says that oats have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the treatment of dermatological inflammatory diseases such as pruritus, atopic dermatitis, and rashes, among others.

How to use it

  • Add a cup of oatmeal to the water in the bathtub and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, get in the tub.
  • As an optional measure, you can mix the oatmeal with rose water and apply it by massaging it softly over the affected zones.
  • Repeat once a day until your symptoms are under control.

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7. Apple cider vinegar

A bottle of apple cider vinegar next to a basket of red apples

The lack of evidence on the safety and effectiveness of apple cider vinegar on the skin means you must use it with caution, especially if you have sensitive skin. In fact, you must dilute it in water whenever you use it topically.

 

The reason why you can use for heat allergies is it contains acetic acid and this substance helps reduce irritation. In fact, a study in the Annals of Dermatology determined that the application of these acids may be helpful for treating atopic dermatitis as it levels the pH of the skin’s surface.

How it is used

  • Mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Put it in a spray bottle and spread it over the affected area.
  • Let the skin absorb it naturally and repeat it twice a day.

Even though heat dermatitis is usually benign and tends to improve on its own, you can soothe your symptoms by using the above natural remedies. However, you must consult a dermatologist if it worsens or if you don’t notice improvement.

 
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