A heat rash treatment is required when a person develops a rash after overexposure of the skin to hot and humid conditions. Miliaria rash, prickly heat rash, sun rash, and sweat rash are also some terms that are used to describe this type of skin problem.
A heat rash is a fairly common problem for individuals during the summertime but it does not solely occur in the summer months. It can essentially occur anytime the skin gets overheated. Therefore, this prickly heat rash can occur in the in cold weather as well due to individuals overdressing or not wearing the appropriate clothing for the activity they are performing.
If a person experiences a heat rash and the skin develops a cluster of red pimples and possibly small blisters with red skin surrounding the outbreak, then a treatment for the heat rash is required. A treatment will help alleviate the heat rash symptoms mentioned above and other symptoms which may be present and can include itchy skin, stinging sensation of the skin, or prickly feeling skin.
Prickly heat treatment in a majority of cases is very straightforward and involves keeping the affected skin areas and the body cool and dry. The first and most basic step in the treatment is to get to a cooler area and out of the sun. This will help prevent the symptoms from becoming worse and avoid more serious heat-related complications from occurring. Any tight fitting clothing should be removed. It is best to wear loose fitting clothing to help keep the skin cool and prevent friction irritation on the rash affected skin. In every way, avoid irritating the heat rash affected areas as much as possible. A cool shower can be a useful and very effective way to relieve some of the discomfort and keep the body and skin cool. It might be a good idea to take more than one cool shower if the symptoms begin to gain in intensity once again.
Although a heat rash is easily treatable, note that in severe cases, heat exhaustion or heat sickness may develop in the affected person. Because this is a rather severe health problem it will require immediate medical assistance and time should not be wasted with the basic remedies discussed above.
The pictures of rashes page on this website provides additional skin rash information on this and other types of skin rashes.
More information on skin rashes caused primarily by overexposure to heat is found at the pages listed below: