How to Get Rid of Heat Rash

A red or pink rash, often found on young children, prickly heat or heat rash is uncomfortable for anyone suffering from it. It occurs when the sweat ducts become blocked, often from over-protective parents dressing their young children in clothing that is too warm, or because it is hot and humid.

 

How do I know if my child or I have heat rash?

  • Small dots or tiny pimples will appear on the skin of the head, neck and shoulders.

Sometimes a secondary infection can occur. Contact your doctor if the following symptoms develop:

  • Increased pain
  • Swelling, redness and warmth around the affected areas
  • Red streaks coming from the affected area
  • Pus draining from the area
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever of 100˚F or higher

 

How can I prevent heat rash?

  • Let skin that may be at risk air dry, never rub with a towel
  • Keep kids lightly dressed in warm weather
  • Keep sleeping areas cool and dry

 

How can I treat heat rash?

  • Apply ice packs for 10 minutes every three to four hours.
  • Three times rub the affected area with aloe vera and let it air dry.
  • Take a baking soda bath; 1 cup baking soda in your bath to alleviate itching. The same can be done with finely ground oatmeal.
  • Use talcum or baby powder on your skin. This will help keep you dry.
  • Make a paste of gramflour or besan mixed with water and spread it over the rash. Leave for 5 minutes then wash away and let air dry.
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