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Few Facts That You Should Know About The Heat Rash

  • July 2, 2017

Heat rash is a mild inflammation of clogged sweat ducts. The rash is characterized by small, raised bump spread evenly across small patches of skin and usually goes away on its own and resolves in hours to a few days.


The main cause of heat rash is the blocked sweat glands. Sweat glands can get blocked for many reasons but the most common reasons include:

  • The skin around the neck, armpit, or groin that touches or rubs adjacent skin prevents sweat evaporation.
  • Tight clothing around the waist, abdomen, chest, or groin that prevents evaporation of sweat.
  • Bundling up in heavy clothing where sweat can accumulate on the skin.
  • Heavy creams, oily lotions, or adhesive bandages can clog sweat ducts.



Some situations can make heat rash more likely such as:

  • Living in hot and humid climates
  • Working in hot, confined spaces where sweat is prevalent
  • Newborns or infants (especially wearing diapers)
  • Elderly people who may not realize how much they are sweating or do not frequently change their clothes


Home Remedy Treatments for Heat Rash

Sometimes the use of heavy creams or lotions may make the heat rash worse. For this reason, as a self-limited, heat rush it resolves on its own without treatment. Over the treatments such as calamine, hydrocortisone cream, itch preparations, or sunburn lotions can be used to treat the itching and burning symptoms.


You may try to the natural remedies to perform heat rash treatment such as baking soda treatment. Baking soda is known effective to treat acne or any other facial skin conditions as the substance will cleanse and exfoliate the skin gently which is also good for baby. Despite the facial skin, baking soda is also effective to treat bee stings, sun-burnt skin, poison-ivy allergic reactions and insects bites.



The simplest way to use baking soda as heat rash treatment is having baking soda bath. The first step, you need to pour 1 cup of baking soda into a tub of containing lukewarm water. Gently soak baby in the bath and let the baby stay in the tub for a few minutes. After that, you need to pat dry the skin until it dries completely or air-dries it. Apply the remedy for two times a day until the rash heals. You may apply the same method to treat diaper rash.


Prevent Yourself from the Heat Rash

If you want to prevent yourself from the heat rush, you should wear loose-fitting and breathable clothing. Also, you should avoid exercising in hot, humid weather. It is necessary to keep skin dry, especially areas like skin folds or creases where sweat can accumulate. Stay in air conditioning whenever possible if you are prone to heat rash.

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