How to treat heat rash?

How to treat heat rash?

Heat rash or prickly heat is the inflammation of the blocked sweat glands due to overheating or excessive sweating.

During hot environment or summer, your skin starts to produce excessive sweat to keep the internal temperature of the body within a normal range, but due to blockage in the pores in the sweat gland, sweat doesn’t find a way to escape from the skin and accumulate under the skin as tiny water bumps. Human sweat is a potent irritant and causes skin rashes when doesn’t wash from the skin.

 What are the symptoms?

 The most common symptoms of heat rash include itchy, blister-like rashes that spread evenly across small patches of the skin. Sometimes, it may get infected with pus. You may feel like a burning sensation or something crawling on your skin. 

 The most common areas affected are areas that are exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, hands, and elbow folds and areas that are covered by tight clothing such as high creases, buttocks, abdominal wall and under breasts. 

 People who are more prone to skin rash includes, 

 1. Infants or newborns (due to wearing diapers and tight-fitting clothes and immature sweat glands). 

 2. Working is hot and congested places. 

 3. People living in a hot and humid environment. 

 4. Elderly or bed-ridden people. 

 How to treat heat rash?

 Prevention is better than cure.

 You can prevent the sweat glands from becoming clogged in the following way,

 1. Wear loose and breathable clothes.

 2. Avoid exercising in a hot environment.

 3. Keep your skin dry especially areas around skin folds and creases.

 Home remedies: 

 Heat rash may resolve at its own within hours or days. Taking a cool bath and using prickly heat powders can help soothe the itching and burning skin. Use the counter treatment such as calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream, itch preparations (such as Benadryl spray), and sunburn lotions can help.

 Medical Treatment:

 Sometimes, heat rash may get infected with bacteria and causes cellulitis. It is a serious condition, you may suffer from swelling, redness, pain, and fever. Whenever you find these symptoms, try to consult your doctor. Your doctor may start antibiotic topical creams and tablets to treat the associated infection. 

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