- Prickly heat rashes could lead to heat exhaustion
- These rashes are itchy and could cause discomfort
- Frequent bathing sessions can work wonders
- Limit your outdoor activity during the peak hours of the day
- When in doubt, seek your doctor’s advice
Fatigue, dehydration, and weakness – these could be attributed to the excessive loss of water and salts in our body during the summers. The more humid, the more one sweats. Thereby, paving the way for health concerns which may appear to be minor issues but could aggravate if one does not play it safe. Are you wondering what those problems are? The most common ailment includes prickly heat rashes and heat boils.
What are Prickly Heat Rashes?
Excessive perspiration blocks the sweat glands. This results in prickly heat rashes. Most often, these rashes cease to exist in a few days. Then again, if the infection appears to be extreme in nature, it could interfere with the body’s heat regulation mechanism and cause heat exhaustion.
- The skin appears to have a small bump on the surface
- The bumps are red
- The bumps are also itchy and could cause discomfort
Tackling the Issue
There are many ways of treating these rashes. Take a look:
- Frequent Bathing Routines
Indeed, the use of powder does provide temporary relief to that part of the body that has been infected. But, many doctors strongly believe that the best way to tackle the issues is to wash the body often. Pediatricians, the MOSC Medical College in Kochi, a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala, say that frequent baths could often help resolve the issue, especially among children. A cool shower is not only refreshing but can also help get rid of the rashes effectively. Upon bathing, ensure that your body is dry. You could consider doing so, preferably, under a fan, cooler or air-conditioner. This should not only keep your body dry but cool as well.
- Topical Applications
You could also apply calamine lotion or an effective substitute (only after consulting your doctor) to reduce the itchiness of the rashes. For those of you who are compelled to spend several hours under the sun, it is recommended that you also use other topical applications like sunscreen to prevent the occurrence of such infections.
Do not wear tight clothes (even if they are made of cotton). Instead, wear loose, light-colored cotton clothes. It is also advised that you avoid wearing the same outfit for several hours at a stretch, especially if your profession involves a lot of traveling and outdoor tasks. Wear a fresh set of loose, light colored clothes.
- Limited Outdoor Activity
Limit your outdoor activity until you are completely cured. This is because excessive perspiration, triggered due to prolonged heat exposure, could lead to heat exhaustion. Most importantly, stay hydrated. Consume sufficient water, fresh seasonal fruits, juices and even vegetables. They also help in meeting the body’s water, salt and glucose requirements. It is also advised that you sit in an air-conditioned or a cool room while working.
- Visit the Doctor
In case the rashes do not vanish in a couple of days, do not hesitate to seek medical assistance.
If neither of the methods proves to be effective, it would be wise for you to shift ‘bases.’ You could consider relocating to a cooler climate! Remember – this your LAST resort.