Heat Rash

Also known as prickly heat or miliaria is a common ailment in the hot humid months of summer. The rash occurs when the sweat glands become plugged and sweat is trapped in the skin. This leads to inflammation. Heat rash presents with red bumps and dryness of the skin. Itchiness or a prickly feeling in the area of the rash may also occur. Heat rash is most common in infants but can occur in adults. In infants, heat rash is often caused by well-intentioned parents over bundling the infant in too heavy of a blanket or too many clothes in the summer months. In adults, intense exercise with excessive sweating may lead to heat rash especially if the clothing worn does not allow adequate air circulation. Treatment for heat rash primarily consists of cooling the skin. Prescription strength cortisone creams may be needed to clear the rash. Watch for pustules, persistent rash, or worsening redness as these may be signs an infection is present. Infection can occur if bacteria gets trapped