How to deal with Bungang araw

After months of cool breeze, we are now starting to feel the hot humid weather again. That only means one thing – Hello Summer! It’s time to pack up the books and bring out that swimwear. I guess summer is everyone’s favorite season, kids and adults alike. However,  with the long exposure of heat on our skin, we are all at risk of contracting Bungang Araw.


What is Bungang Araw?
Prickly Heat Rash, or commonly called Bungang Araw, is a rash that develops on a person when the sweat glands become blocked. This causes an itchy rash of red raised spots in sweaty areas such as the back, abdomen, neck, upper chest, groin and armpits. The rash causes a stinging/prickly sensation thus the name Prickly Heat Rash.

What causes it?
Excessive sweating is usually the culprit on a beginning rash. Since bacteria and dead skin cells forms, it then creates a barrier and traps the sweat beneath the skin causing a bump.
Usually, it goes away on its own after a few days. But when not treated early, it can progress to an infection.
How to treat it
1. Limit/ Avoid sun exposure
Summer is about enjoying the sun. But if you have prickly heat rash, better stay away from the sun and keep yourself cool indoors.
2. Drink up
Always remember to keep yourself hydrated. This helps the body in regulating heat.

3. Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes
Choose an outfit that is light colored with a fabric that is cool to the skin. Dark colored ones tend to absorb more heat.

4. Keep the skin dry
Make it a habit to wipe away sweat when it forms. Place a cool cloth on the back to absorb sweat.

5. Take a bath/shower

Keeping your body clean and cool is the best way to preventing a rash. Always take a bath every day and if the weather is really hot and humid, have frequent showers.

6. Do not scratch the area
It’s tempting to scratch the itchy rash but doing so may damage the skin and cause a break in it. Not only is it susceptible to skin break, but also in developing an infection.

7. Cornstarch remedy
This is an old home remedy when one uses cornstarch to help ease the itch and as well as reduce friction of the rash on clothes. Though it may help, please do take caution in using this especially on babies and small children to avoid inhalation.

Prickly Heat rash can affect anyone during the summer season. But it doesn’t mean that we only stay indoors. Just keep in mind the above tips to make it through this hot vacation time.

Sheryl Ann Datukon

Nurse. Breastfeeding mom. Writer. Loves to travel and do photography. One who simply lives life to the fullest.