Heat rash, otherwise known as milliaria) is known for its small itchy rashes that appear in hot and humid weather. These conditions are quite common in the tropics or in places that exhibit such weather in the summer months. There is no age discrimination with this condition as anyone at any age can suffer from it although it does affect children more often because of their under-developed sweat glands. The sweat that cannot get out causes irritation or a prickling sensation as well as itchiness and a rash.
Often these rashes are caused when the sweat is trapped in a particular area whether it is from the under-developed sweat glands of a child or an area that simply cannot get enough access to open air.
The Possible Complications
If the individual cannot sweat properly and this rash spreads therefore preventing other areas of the body to sweat, there is a chance of heat exhaustion, especially if the person engages in heat-producing activity.
The Treatments Available
There are various types of treatments including the basic treatments as well as home remedies.
- When a person avoids activity or things that will make them sweat then it can reverse the situation and allow for the heat rash to heal. A person can also help with by wearing loose clothing made from cotton or other light fibers. The skin should be kept dry.
- The skin should be washed with a mild soap and kept away from products with perfumes. Lever 2000 and Dial are good examples of soaps that can be used.
- Visiting a doctor is a good idea because they can assess whether or not it truly is a heat rash and they can also assess the right cause and treatment. Severe cases can last for a number of weeks but can be prevented by a visit to the doctor.
- Anti-histamines can reduce the rash due to the fact that the rash is the response to the body letting out histamines. Benadryl is a good choice. For a natural choice, a person can use urtica urens before using the chemical anti-histamines.
- Topical antibacterial creams or ointments can help as well as calamine lotion or other similar things. The antibacterial ointments will keep it from being infected. The calamine lotion will reduce the itch.
- The person is advised to keep out of the sun.
The Home Remedies:
- Jewelweed can be applied soon after the rash appears and is quite effective on heat rash.
- An oatmeal bath is excellent for the skin and cools it, reducing the itch and the irritation. Soap is not an advised additive to the bath.
- Cocoa butter keeps the skin moisturized and cooled, reducing the effects of the rash.
- Aloe Vera moisturizes and cools the skin but is also very helpful in healing it. This plant is becoming very popular in the healing world as it is quite effective very quickly.
As a Note: Symptoms that persist for longer than ten days should be attended to by a doctor.