Prickly Heat

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Prickly Heat

Understanding Prickly Heat:

A prickly heat rash, also known medically as miliaria, is a rash that may develop in patients who tend to sweat a great deal more than what is usual, who are also faced with sweat glands that become blocked.

While this condition is commonly seen in babies and children, who can suffer from prickly heat rash during hot or humid weather, due to the fact that their sweat glands are not completely developed yet, this condition can also be seen in many adults as well.

Prickly heat rashes usually affect the parts of your body that are covered with clothing, such as the back, the abdomen, the neck, the upper chest or the groin and armpits. This condition is characterised by an itchy rash, which is made up of small, red raised spots, that cause a prickling or stinging sensation.

Causes Of Prickly Heat:

Prickly heat rash can be caused by excessive perspiration, usually seen in hot, humid climates. This excessive perspiration can make it easier for dead skin cells as well as bacteria to block the body’s sweat glands, in turn causing a barrier of sorts to be formed, which traps the sweat under the skin. This condition then results in the sweat building up under the skin, in turn resulting in the characteristic bumps of this condition being seen. As the bumps caused begin to burst, released the trapped sweat, the patient can suffer from a prickly, or stinging sensation that gives this condition its name.

Commonly Seen Symptoms of Heat Rash:

In most cases, heat rash has fairly common symptoms that one can look out for, which are normally limited to the formation of small, itchy red bumps, which may feel prickly, stinging or burning.

However, in certain cases, it is important to seek medical consultation if:

  • The heat rash being suffered from does not go away on its own within a few days.
  • You, or someone you know, beings to develop an infection in an area where you recently had heat rash.

Commonly Seen Treatment Procedures For Prickly Heat Rash:

Most cases of prickly heat rashes tend to clear up on their own within a few days of being seen. If the affected area is kept cool and dry, this condition will clear up naturally. The best treatment for prickly heat is to avoid excessive heat or humidity.

The patient should also keep their skin cool with a fan, regularly shower using cool water, and let their skin air dy. Once your skin is cool and dry again, avoid using any type of oil-based products, which can block your sweat glands. For itching and irritation relief, regularly use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. In serious cases, though, a heat rash can come in the way of your body’s heat-regulating mechanism, which in turn can cause heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion, or heatstroke is a far more serious condition, that results in the body not being able to cool itself, and is termed a medical emergency.

The Apollo Clinic Experience:

If your prickly heat is not naturally clearing away after a few days, or if you feel like you’re developing an infection where the prickly heat bumps have burst, you may need urgent medical advice and medication.

At Apollo Clinic, our team of expert dermatologists are available night or day to ensure that your skin condition gets the right kind of diagnosis and treatment. Our doctors will study your skin infection, and prescribe the right kind of medication to help with speedy recovery.

If you feel that you, or someone you might know, needs medical help, get in touch with our experts immediately.

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