Once the skin has cooled off, the heat rash typically fades away. It usually gets healed on its own after a few days.
Check to see whether you have a heat rash.
The following are signs of heat rash:
- Tiny, elevated spots
- A scratchy, prickly sensation
- Mild swelling
Both adults and toddlers frequently experience the same heat rash symptoms. It can expand throughout the body and appear everywhere but cannot transfer to other individuals.
What causes heat rash
Frequently sweating too much is the cause of heat rash.
When sweat glands become clogged, the entrapped moisture causes a rash to appear a few days later.
Babies frequently develop heat rash because they can less regulate their body temperature than adults and children.
How to treat or avoid heat rash on your own
Keep your skin cold above all else to avoid sweating and aggravating the rash.
To maintain a cool skin undertone
- Dress in loose cotton
- Utilize thin bedding
- Use cold showers or baths
- Consume plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration
To ease an itchy or prickly sensation.
- Apply a cold substance for up to 20 minutes, such as an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel or a moist cloth
- Instead of itching the rash, you can tap or pat it
- Use unfragranced shower gels and creams
In cases of heat rash, a pharmacist can assist.
Seek a pharmacist regarding the heat rash. They can offer suggestions for the best course of action and advice.
A pharmacist may advise:
- Calamine cream
- Pills of antihistamines
Hydrocortisone cream, but only after seeing a doctor. Pregnant women and children under ten should not use this medication.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022