Help for your prickly heat woes
I have spent a lot of time in Thailand over the last several years. Terrific culture, friendly people, great food and warm weather. Unfortunately for me and others, the daily high humidity can cause heat rash known as prickly heat.
Before my first trip to Bangkok several years ago I had never experience prickly heat. Even spending summers in high humidity New England couldn’t prep me for Bangkok. Without fail after the first few days in Thailand I would get a small patch of bumps on my inner arms and between my fingers. After a few more days it would spread and the itching would begin.
Nothing seemed to help. As soon as I’d fly back home or to Europe it would disappear in a couple days. Still, I love Thailand and I searched far and wide to find some help for this. Some people simply say to wear lose clothing and avoid the heat. No problem on the first, the latter being the issue.
On my most recent trip to Thailand I discovered Snake Brand prickly heat powder and Yoki herbal powder. Both can be usually be found at 7-11 stores but Yoki sometimes needs to be found a a larger store or pharmacy. Inexpensive at 35 Baht for a small powder and it works!!!!
After taking a shower and drying off completely. Apply Yoki or snake brand powder lightly to any affected areas or where you have had problems in the past. It is much more absorbent than baby powder and your skin will become slightly dried out. Apply at least twice a day. The scent is light and I can’t begin to describe it but it is pleasant enough. Snake brand also offers some in different scents. Although I’ve found Yoki to be a slightly better product.
If you waited to long and the rash is very itch try hydrocortisone before bedtime. Some type of antihistamine may come in handy also. Though for me, after many visits to Thailand I have “beat the heat” as well as the rash with these two great products.