Heat rash

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Heat rash is defined as an uncomfortable but generally harmless condition. It is expected to settle on its own after a few days.

Do I have heat rash?

The usual indications of a heat rash include the following:

  • Small, red-colored spots
  • Itchy, prickly sensation
  • Redness and minor swelling

The symptoms are oftentimes the same in both children and adults. It can manifest on any part of the body and spread, but not infectious.

What are the causes?

Heat rash
Application of something cool such as an ice pack or moist cloth.

Heat rash is generally brought about by profuse sweating. The sweat glands might end up congested and the stuck sweat leads to the formation of a rash a few days later.

Infants often develop the rash since they could not control their body temperature as effectively as adults and older children can.

Management of heat rash

The main objective is to keep the skin cool to prevent sweating and irritated the rash.

Ways to keep the skin cool include:

  • Use loose, cotton-based clothes
  • Use lightweight bedding
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Increase the intake of fluids to prevent dehydration

Measures to pacify the rash generally include:

  • Application of something cool such as an ice pack or moist cloth
  • Pat or tap the rash
  • Avoid using perfumed or scented creams or gels

Over-the-counter measures

Some of the over-the-counter measures that might be suggested includes:

  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antihistamine tablets

When to consult a doctor

A doctor should be consulted for the following:

  • Heat rash does not seem to improve after a few days
  • The child develops a rash and you are worried

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