How To Cure Heat Rash
How To Cure Heat Rash Quickly
I have lived in a hot tropical climate for almost 15 years now and for some odd reason only now have I begun to suffer from heat rash and I'm not happy. It's uncomfortable and unsightly and as I work with customers on a daily basis, I have had to miss quite a lot of work whilst my skin recovers.As you could probably imagine, I spent hours researching cures. I have found that there is really no one single cure. However, it took me quite a bit of trial and error, but I finally found some products that speeded up my recovery. Hopefully the same will work for you.
The first thing you will need to do is to make sure that you are actually dealing with heat rash. So often people self diagnose and assume they have heat rash, when in fact your rash could be the symptom of another condition such as eczema or The two conditions require different treatments, so you need to ensure that you know what you are dealing with.
What Can You Do?
Once you have established that you have heat rash you can begin treatment.
- Keep Cool
It is very important that you try to keep your body temperature down. This means wearing light clothing, cotton is best and staying in an air-conditioned room or at least a room with an electric fan. This is probably the most important thing that you can do.
- Keep Hydrated
It's important to keep up your fluid intakes. Heat rash occurs as a result of excessive sweating so make sure that you replenish the lost fluids. You might want to keep a bottle of water always close to remind you to keep hydrated. Remember that in warmer climates and seasons the amount of water that our body needs to replenish increases.
Scratching is the biggest enemy of heat rash. When you suffer from heat rash, people will tell you not to scratch like it is the easiest thing on the world. However, telling a person with itchy skin not to scratch will only make them want to scratch more. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about which antihistamines would be suitable for you. Be wary of ones that will make you drowsy such as Zyrtec, these are good to help you sleep at night but not for driving cars and going to work.
- Take a Bath
Taking a bath in bicarb soda or an oatmeal bath to help relieve the itching. Be warned, if you have broken skin, the bicarb soda can sting a little, so be prepared.
- Dusting Powder
After you have a shower ensure that your body is completely dry. Dusting powder patted all over the body can be useful in combating sweat building up. Opt for baby powder with cornstarch, some people prefer just to use cornstarch. Don't allow kids to use the powder by themselves, as if it gets into their lungs it can cause breathing problems.
- Soothe The Irritated Skin
Calamine lotion is great for easing itchy skin. Apply the lotion over the affected area. Your local pharmacist can also advise you of a good hydrocortisone cream to use,
- Moisturise The Skin
One of the most confusing parts of treating heat rash is conflicting information. You might come across information that will tell you to avoid moisturising your skin, yet this is not entirely true. When you are suffering from heat rash, you should avoid using any oil based lotions on your skin, as this will further clog your pores. However, you should still ensure that you keep moisturising your skin as this will stop it from becoming dry.
A great moisturiser I found and still use today is Dermaveen. It contains Colloidal Oatmeal that helps to relive itchy skin. In my experience it was not until I started applying this water based moisturise that I started to notice my hear rash subsiding and my skin smoothing out.
- Dr Stuarts Purify Tea
In addition to applying dermaveen and keeping in cool areas, I've also been drinking two cups of Dr Stuarts Skin Purify tea a day. Whilst I can't conclusively credit my improvement to the tea, as I was using other products simultaneously, I do believe it played its part in my recovery.
Keep An Eye on Your Condition
If your rash lasts longer than a few days, go to a doctor to make sure that everything is okay. What you think is heat rash could very well end up being a skin allergy. Once you recover from heat rash, you will want to ensure that you don't suffer from it again, so remember to take precautions when out in the heat, stay cool, wear sunscreen and most importantly keep hydrated.
Keep an Eye on Your Condition
If your rash lasts longer than a few days, go to a doctor to make sure everything is okay. Once you recover from heat rash, you will want to ensure that you don't suffer from it again, so remember to take precautions when out in the heat, stay cool, wear sunscreen and keep hydrated.
Dr Stuarts Tea
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