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What is Prickly Heat?

Plugging of sweat ducts and hair follicles on the skin due to intense heat are the prime causes of prickly heat. There are few other reasons for prickly heat which are mentioned as following:

Sweat pore clogging due to application of talcum powder or creams during summer Not taking regular bath and leading an unhygienic lifestyle Wearing dark colour or thick clothes which are not good absorbent of sweat

Prickly Heat Causes:

  1. Worldwide, there are many species of venomous snake, but only one of these, the adder, occurs naturally in the UK. Poisonous spiders are found in parts of America and Australia. For example, black widow and brown recluse spiders occur in North America, while Australia is home to the redback and funnel back spider. Venomous scorpions are found in several parts of the world, including North Africa, South America, and India.
  2. Poisonous marine animals, including jellyfish and sea anemones, can be found around the shores of Britain. Poisonous fish, such as stingrays and scorpion fish, are found only in tropical water

Prickly Heat Symptoms:

If you are bitten by a snake and there are no fang marks, no venom has been injected and there will be no symptoms. If there is venom in the wound, symptoms may appear immediately or over the next few hours. Initial symptoms occur around the bite and may include:

  1. Swelling and discoloration.
  2. Pain and a burning sensation.

Later, symptoms of widespread poisoning may begin to appear, including:

  1. Pale skin and sweating.
  2. Confusion.
  3. Eventual loss of consciousness.
  4. Blood pressure may fall, causing shock. Major organs may be affected, possibly resulting in respiratory failure and acute heart failure.

Most scorpion stings are extremely painful but otherwise harmless. However, a sting from a bark scorpion, which is found in parts of America, may cause further symptoms, including sweating, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhoea, an irregular heartbeat, and muscle spasms.

The bite of a venomous spider, such as the black widow spider, usually causes generalized muscle pain, sweating, and headache and may lead to shock.

Stings by marine creatures may produce pain and swelling. Raised, red, itchy areas of skin may appear at the point of contact with a jellyfish or sea anemone. Rarely, stings from marine animals may result in symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, and an irregular heartbeat.

In addition, any poisonous bite or sting may cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction in susceptible people

Prickly Heat Prevention Tips:

Some bites, such as those inflicted when snakes are accidentally stepped on or encountered in wilderness settings, are nearly impossible to prevent. But experts say a few precautions can lower the risk of being bitten:

  1. Even though most snakes are not poisonous, avoid picking up or playing with any snake unless you have been properly trained.
  2. Most cases of snakebite occur between sunrise and sunset. Snakes are cold-blooded and are more likely to be out then, basking in the warmth of the day.
  3. Tap ahead of you with a walking stick before entering an area with an obscured view of your feet. Snakes will attempt to avoid you if given adequate warning.
  4. Be cautious and alert when climbing rocks.
  5. Stay out of tall grass unless you wear thick leather boots, and remain on hiking paths as much as possible.

Prickly Heat Home Remedies:

  1. Applying lemon juice mixed with salt on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite.
  2. Applying Onion juice mixed with honey on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bit.
  3. Applying garlic paste on the affected area helps in removing the poisonous effect of a poisonous bite.
  4. Pomegranate (Anar) leaves grinded and its juice applied on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite.
  5. Applying Asafoetida (Hing) paste on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite.
  6. Applying Neem leaf juice on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite.
  7. Applying Mint juice on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite.
  8. Ash gourd (Petha) stalk grinded with sandal wood and this paste applied on the affected area helps in reducing the effect of poisonous bite
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