What is Heat Rash?
CPPIt’s prime summer time, so you might be hearing the term “heat rash” in the coming months, particularly if you have young children, as infants are more prone to the condition.
Heat rash is a general term for several skin problems that occur because of heat exposure or overheating. It is also referred to as prickly heat or miliaria. It occurs most often in humid climates and resolves itself in a few hours or days. Medical treatment is rarely required. The rash usually appears in the form of small bumps near hair follicles. Red or pink patches of skin may also be present. More severe cases can bring welts, hives and raised, red bumps.
If you experience heat rash, try these tips for relief:
*Wash the area with a gentle soap, rinse with water, and gently pat dry with a towel. Washing several times a day is recommended.
*Move to a cooler environment, and let skin be exposed to ventilation.
*Take a cool shower or bath.
*Mild cortisone creams can help resolve rashes.
*Oral antihistamines often relieve itching.
If you develop a fever, headache, nausea, dizziness or vomiting, call your family doctor.