This may seem a strange article, when we almost in the middle of winter, but many are finding warmth on holiday in the northern climes, and when summer does eventually arrive, we need to be able to identify heat rash. So what is it and does it pose any danger?
Heat rash, also called prickly heat or miliaria, is a common condition in which areas of the skin feel prickly or sting due to overheating. Heat rash looks like tiny bumps surrounded by a zone of red skin. It usually occurs on clothed parts of the body, such as the back, abdomen, neck, upper chest, groin, or armpits and usually gets better once the skin is cooled.
Heat rash occurs most often in hot, humid conditions, although not entirely confined to those places. It’s most common in infants. Active people, newborns in incubators, and bedridden patients with fever also are more likely to get heat rash.
Heat rash begins with excessive perspiration. The ducts from the sweat glands in the skin become blocked. This causes the sweat to leak into the surrounding tissue, causing irritation and redness. You may feel the prickly, or stinging, sensation that gives this condition its name. Heat rash looks like dots or tiny pimples.
Heat rash can usually be identified by its appearance and does not usually require medical attention. In severe cases, see your doctor, who may prescribe a cortisone ointment to relieve the irritation, otherwise, remove as much clothing as possible and let the skin dry, that will alleviate some of the prickly sensations.