Summer is here and many of you or your child may be suffering from heat rash. Heat rash is also called prickly heat or miliaria. You might be worried about how to get rid of prickly heat rash. This is not a serious disease and goes away on its own within 2-3 days after you avoid hot and humid environment, but one may feel discomfort due to itching and rash. Heat rash develops as a result of obstruction to the sweat ducts.
Are you at risk?
Every person who is exposed to hot and humid condition may be at risk. Although, it is most common in children, it can occur in adults too. If you are over weight, if you exercise in hot and humid environment you might get it easily.
Are there any other risk factors?
Yes, there are many other risk factors for prickly heat which are listed below:
Exercise and sweating
Saunas and steam rooms
Heat rash remedies
Heat rash is not a serious problem and resolves within 2-3 days after avoiding the humid and hot environment. There are several remedies for heat rash. If the rash is annoying you, you can apply soothing lotions like calamine lotion. There are many powders available in the market for prevention and treatment; you can apply them on regular basis during summer months. Oral anti-itch medications like Benadryl and Claritin may relief the itching. If your symptoms are severe, mild over the counter topical steroids may be applied. Sometimes oral antibiotics may be needed if the rash gets infected.
Can heat rash be prevented?
Yes, it can be avoided and prevented easily if you follow the following recommendations:
Avoid excessive sweating, hot and humid environment.
Always use loose cotton clothing, avoid polyester garments.
Maintain better ventilation and temperature in your room with air conditioning or fan.
Take plenty of water to maintain your body temperature.
Apply cool or frozen packs to the affected area. Remember; don’t just keep the frozen pack in the area for more then 10-15 minutes.
Take a cool bath or shower as needed.
Do I need a medical care?
Miliaria is not a serious problem and usually resolves without any complications but be sure to seek medical advice immediately, if you or your child has any of the following symptoms:
Fever or headache
Dizziness, Nausea or vomiting
Swollen lymph nodes
Formation of pus in the lesion
Increase swelling, pain or redness in the area.
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