How to treat heat rash

How to treat heat rash

How to treat heat rash

During the hotter months, heat rash is a major problem. Some people are more prone to it than others, but it can occur at any time without warning. It is especially common in areas that are covered because sweat and rubbing occur. While you may try to avoid it, you need to learn how to treat heat rash once it appears. Here are some tips to help deal with the issue at hand.

 

Remove Clothing

Most of the time, the heat rash will disappear over time. You need to help soothe the pain. The first thing to do is start to remove clothing. Avoid removing everything at once, as the sudden cold can lead to shock. This is especially important when it involves a baby or small child.

Allow Air Drying

Avoid using a towel or cloth to dry the area. These can make it worse as they cause more rubbing. Allow the area to air dry. Only use towels to pat dry if it does not dry after 10 minutes or so.

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Soothing the Area Afterwards

Creams and lotions can make it worse, especially on babies’ skins. Cool water can actually be the best thing to soothe the area, but you should allow the area to then dry naturally. If you really find it is sensitive and painful to touch, calamine lotion is the best option for soothing the area. Use some cotton wool to apply the cream on the affected area only.

Vitamin E cream could be a consideration. However, you want to apply it sparingly and keep an eye on the area. If the rash gets worse, you should wash the cream off and avoid using it in the future.

Look Out for Signs of Infection

While you’re learning how to treat heat rash, you need to know the likelihood of infection. This is more common in children and babies. Look out for the rash getting fiery and very red, and keep an eye on the temperature of the person. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Pus forming around the area and the rash blistering could also be a sign that it has become infected. If this is the case, you need to seek medical attention.

The best thing to do is prevent heat rash. However, the tips above will teach you how to treat heat rash quickly and effectively.