By Dr. Navnit Haror, Founder & Director of Derma Miracle Clinic
What is heat rash?
Heat rash is a painful, itchy skin condition that can happen in hot weather. The symptoms include small clusters of tiny red bumps on your chest or back-and even some bigger ones! It might also have other signs like burning sensations when touched by clothes; this means you need water-based products instead of oil (like petroleum).
Heat rash is also known as prickly heat, sweat rash, or miliaria rubra.
Although it can appear anywhere on the body, heat rash often appears around skin folds, including:
- in the neck
- near the groin
- under the arms
Heat rash is a condition that occurs when excessive sweating blocks the sweat pores, leading to red splotches on your skin. You are most likely going to get it if you live in hot and humid climates! Babies can also develop heat rashes due to their outfits being too heavy so make sure they stay cool throughout anything wearable with regards to this type of problem.
The best way to avoid having any kind of discomfort from occurring at all would be to stay hydrated by drinking the adequate number of fluids during activities where excessive perspiration takes place such as workout sessions.
Heat rash is often a minor problem that gets better with time. However, it can be very uncomfortable and could worsen if you continue to sweat heavily in hot weather or occur again soon after having healed from heat stroke-like symptoms such as fainting due to your body being too exhausted from excess water removal.
In most cases of “heat” eczema (which includes sunburn), there will no actually no visible scarring caused by blisters because these heal quickly without any lasting effects.
If you have a rash, when should you contact a dermatologist? Here are five of the most common types of rashes that typically require medical treatment:
- Eczema: If you have an itchy rash that won’t go away on its own, it could be atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. This very common skin condition is characterized by inflammation of the skin that ranges from mild redness and itching to cracked, crusty skin and weeping blisters.
- Psoriasis: is a chronic autoimmune condition that develops when the immune system mistakes skin cells for a virus or other infection, causing skin cells to grow too quickly. Psoriasis usually appears as raised patches of skin that become red and inflamed. These areas can sometimes be covered with a silvery-white, scaly, itchy coating.
- Shingles: (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Anyone who has ever had chickenpox already has the virus that causes shingles in their nerve tissue. The dormant virus can reactivate — even many years later — and cause shingles.
- Rosacea: is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people. It causes redness or flushing of the face, sometimes accompanied by small bumps. The exact causes of rosacea are unknown, but genetics are thought to play a role. Individuals with fair skin are at higher risk of developing rosacea.
- Contact dermatitis: is another form of eczema that occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as an industrial chemical or harsh cleaning product. This condition causes a dry, scaly rash that does not typically itch.
If you have a persistent, uncomfortable rash it’s important to see your dermatologist so they can confirm the diagnosis and recommend treatment. Scratching can lead not only to infection but also breakouts on our skin which are much more difficult than just taking care of them internally like diet changes or exercise!
Since heat rash occurs when your body overheats and sweats, you can prevent heat rashes by staying cool.
To prevent heat rashes, take the following precautions on hot days:
- Stay in air-conditioned, cool areas.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don’t wear excessive layers of clothing.
- Avoid too much physical exertion.
- Take cool showers or baths.