Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather

It can occur at any age and at any time. How can you prevent Heat Rash? Heat rash is also called prickly heat or technically named miliaria which isn’t just for babies. Though it’s common in infants, heat rash can affect adults too, especially during hot, humid weather.

How to prevent Heat Rash

Most methods of preventing heat rash have the goal of not getting overheated and include:

  • Dressing in weather-appropriate, loose-fitting clothing, so that you do not get overheated.
  • Avoid excessive heat and humidity when possible.
  • Avoid ointments, including moisturizers, or oil-based products that are applied to the skin, which can also block the sweat ducts.

Heat Rash Symptoms

Heat rash usually appears as very small pinpoint bumps at the entrances to small hair follicles. In some areas, there may be red or pink patches of skin. More advanced heat rash may have greater degrees of irritation and large welts, hives, and raised red bumps. Some people with heat rash are very itchy while others may have no irritating symptoms. Just about all the areas of the body can become affected.

The most common areas of heat rash include:

  • The face
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Groin
  • Under the breasts
  • Elbow folds and
  • Buttocks

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