Posted on: 15 August 2017Share
During the hot summer months, it's possible that you may develop a skin condition that is commonly known as heat rash. This condition is exactly as it sounds — a skin rash that is most prevalent when it's hot outside and can affect parts of your body that are hottest. Heat rash is highly uncomfortable, as you'll have bumpy and red patches of skin that especially cause you pain when they rub together. If you suspect that you have heat rash, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist. This skin care expert will determine the nature of your issue and help you to treat it. There are several self care techniques that you can try, too.
It might seem simple, but given that heat rash can worsen when you're hot, do your best to stay out of the heat as much as you can. In addition to avoiding going outside or into extremely hot environments unless doing so is absolutely necessary, lower the thermostat in your home, take cool showers to lower your body temperature, and keep your car's air conditioning at a higher level.
Avoid Excessive Movement
One area of skin rubbing against another area of skin can exacerbate your heat rash symptoms, leaving you in considerable discomfort. One way that you can lessen this problem is to limit any unnecessary movement. For example, if you routinely take a jog in the morning, you may wish to curtail this behavior until you've seen your dermatologist and your heat rash has cleared up. Similarly, if you usually walk your dog after work, see if your spouse or child can assume the role until you're feeling better.
Keep The Area Dry
You may find that your heat rash symptoms worsen when the affected area is moist — and this can especially be a hindrance during the summer if you're a heavy sweater. Skin that is wet is sticky, which means that two patches of skin that make contact with each other will stick to each other a bit, which can flare up the rash. You can keep the area dry by changing clothing frequently. For example, if you have heat rash around your underarms, switching to a dry undershirt as many times per day as is necessary will help. Additionally, sprinkling talcum powder on your skin can help to make it dry and thus prevent it from sticking to other areas of skin.