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How to Prevent Heat Rash in Summer?

Sun damage isn’t the only thing to watch out for in summer. The higher temperatures can also affect your skin, which can leave you feeling very uncomfortable if you suffer from heat rash. Taking some simple steps to look after your skin can help to prevent heat rash, but you can also seek help at the skin clinic in London if you’re having any problems.
 
 

What is Heat Rash?

Heat rash or prickly heat is an irritating skin problem that can appear when our skin is too warm. The over-worked sweat glands can become blocked, trapping sweat and irritating the skin. It is more common in babies and children, but it can affect anyone who gets too hot. The symptoms of heat rash are:
  • A rash of small red spots, usually in an area that was particularly warm such as under your clothes
  • Itchiness or a prickling feeling
  • Slight swelling
  • Symptoms may start in a small area and then spread further
 
It is usually easy to tell when you have heat rash and it should disappear by itself in a few days, but if you aren’t sure what is causing a rash or it lasts longer, you should visit the skin clinic in London for advice.

Tips for Preventing Prickly Heat

Heat rash can happen when you are wrapped up with the central heating on in winter, but it is more common during the summer months. However, there are some simple things you can do to protect your skin against prickly heat.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing and use lightweight bedding
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep cool by staying in the shade
  • Cool down with a bath or shower
  • Protect yourself from the sun by covering up and using sunscreen (UVA protection can help prevent heat rash)
  • Use toiletries designed for sensitive skin to avoid further irritation
If you still suffer from heat rash, it might be worth asking a pharmacist for advice or visiting your dermatologist at the skin clinic in London. Medication such as antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream may help to soothe your symptoms. The doctor can also provide further advice on looking after your skin in summer.

 

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