5 Preventative Measures That Help Thwart Heat Rash

May 7th 2016

It may not be possible to beat the summer heat, but taking precautionary methods to reduce your risk of a heat rash is necessary for children and adults. Protect your body and skin from painful conditions by staying cool when it is hot outside.

Avoid Overdressing

Heat rashes target areas of the skin covered by warm clothing. The sweat glands within the covered portion of the skin become blocked and produce a rash. Dress appropriately for the weather to prevent excessive sweating. Wear soft and lightweight cotton clothing during the summer and avoid too many layers during the winter months to reduce the risk of overheating your body and skin.

Seek Cool Environments

It may be unrealistic to avoid exposure to the sun or warm temperatures, but when the weather is especially hot and humid, seek out cool environments to avoid overheating and developing a heat rash. Choose a shady spot outdoors, or use a fan to help circulate the air in warm environments to reduce how much you sweat.

Stay Hydrated

Your body is more likely to overheat and produce more sweat when you are not consuming enough fluids. Avoid the risks of a heat rash and dehydration by drinking more water on days when the weather is hot and humid or when you are exercising. Your body and skin need to be refueled with clear liquids on a regular basis to stay healthy and rash-free.

Reduce Intensity of Exercise

Exercise is vital to stay healthy and fit, but when the temperatures are hot and humid, reduce the intensity of your workout if you are outdoors. It may also help to avoid exercising outdoors when the weather is too warm; pack up your fitness plan and move it to an indoor facility to eliminate excessive sweating that can produce heat rashes.

Avoid Heavy Moisturizers

Soft skin is often desirable, but during the heat of the summer, moisturizers with mineral oils or petroleum can block your pores and increase your risk of developing a heat rash. Heavy ointments and creams may further block your sweat ducts, which ultimately causes those itchy, prickly and irritating red bumps to form on your skin.

Conclusion

The sun may seem like a welcoming sight, but after spending a few hours in hot and humid temperatures, your body may not be so welcoming to the heat. Hot temperatures can lead to a heat rash, which is an uncomfortable condition where red and fluid-filled bumps cluster within the folds of your skin and produce prickly sensations, itching and pain. The condition can be prevented by taking precautions during the warm temperatures of the season.

Sources

Osteopathic.org "How to beat heat rash" http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/heat-rash.aspx
WebMD.com "Understanding heat rash - treatment" http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-heat-rash-treatment
MayoClinic.org "Heat rash: Prevention" http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-rash/basics/prevention/con-20033908

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