Heat rash starts with over sweating – usually in a hot, humid environment. The sweat ducts from the sweat glands in the skin are blocked which cause the sweat to leak into the surrounding tissue. Eventually, this results to irritation and redness of one’s skin. This is a common skin problem that you can get during summer. If it gets infected, you may have to see a doctor before it gets worst. However, there are effective ways for you to prevent and treat heat rash.
- Take a cool bath to reduce the itching and redness
- You may want to consider sprinkling baking soda to the water. This will help soothe and calm your skin.
- Apply Calamine lotion or anti-itch cream to your skin
- Purchase an anti-itch cream for it can relieve heat rash, itching, and inflammation.
- Make sure to purchase a cream with at least 1% hydrocortisone – effectively relieves itching.
- Apply the cream once a day after taking a bath.
- Rub an Anhydrous Lanolin cream on your skin
- Anhydrous Lanolin is an excellent emollient and is readily absorbed by the skin.
- It will help prevent your skin ducts from blocking and may keep new lesions from forming.
- Rub in the cream after taking a bath.
- Apply cold compress to your skin
- Cold packs or compresses can help relieve itching and inflammation associated with heat rash by constricting blood flow and cooling the skin.
- Apply a cold compress for 10 to 15 minutes. You can do this once every two or three hours.
- Avoid scratching your skin
- Scratching may make you feel relieved temporarily but keep in mind that this may worsen the condition of your skin as it can irritate the rash or your skin might get infected. So as much as possible don’t scratch it and always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap.
References: Ratini, M. (2015, April 14.) Understanding Heat Rash – Treatment. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-heat-rash-treatment.