During the summer months, the skin is prone to many maladies, ranging from sunburns to bug bites. A common occurrence which can take effect more often in these hotter months is heat rash. Also known as prickly heat, heat rash is prevalent in youth, but often affects adults living in hot, muggy climates. Luckily, with such a commonplace skin affliction comes readily available treatments, and preventative measures to make dealing with heat rash accessible.
Common symptoms can include tiny dots or pimples which can form on the surface of the skin. These typically crop up along collar-lines, around the neck, head, and shoulders. Heat rash can develop when the sweat ducts become blocked by tight clothing as the sweat builds under the skin’s surface, unable to be released properly. The resulting rash manifests itself by causing increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area, and can then get irritated further by clothing or scratching, sometimes a secondary skin infection can occur, but these instances are rare.
While most prickly rashes disappear on their own in 3-4 days, several treatments and preventative measures exist to alleviate the symptoms. Start by wearing breathable and loose-fitting clothing in the hotter months. It is also recommended to bathe or shower in cool water with nondrying soap, and allowing the skin to air-dry. For irritated, itchy skin, the application of calamine lotion or a cool compress aids in calming the inflammation. It is also important to avoid creams or ointments that contain petroleum jelly or mineral oil, as these can clog pores.
Although heat rash does not typically require medical assistance if you are ever in doubt about your skin’s health or would like to learn more ways to alleviate heat rash, call or visit online to book an appointment with the trusted skin health experts at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute<.