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How To Cure Heat Rash

Updated on June 9, 2012

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.
  • Antihistamines
    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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i have a problem my baby is 2yrs recently she developed small itchy pimples around her body then i took her to the doctor the doctor gave me ,antibiotic ,calamine,and zinc ointment but the rash is getting worse especial in her bums ,what can i use she doesn't wear nappies .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Once a year, I visit a tropical island. For over the past 11 years, each time after sun tanning for the first time, I develop a terrible heat rash. I have tried all kinds of remedies, including various antihistamines and creams. This trip, I can finally and happily say that I have found my miracle cure. Not one itching episode! This is yet another antihistamine, but for some reason, it absolutely works. (By the way, a local pharmacist led me directly to it when I explained my problem). The name of it is Galpharm and the active ingredient is 10mg of certirizine dihydrochloride. It's none drowsy and I have experience no side effects. You cannot believe how nice it is to not have itchy eyes and elbows, knees etc. etc. It truly has given me miraculous results. I don't believe this exact product is sold in the states so I bought a few boxes to take back with me. Good luck.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I live in south africa I'm light skinned I only get heat rash when its too hot I tried 2 tan my legs the on the beach today and ended up with a terrible red rash I know I have heat but I just wanted to give my legs some colour. Every desember its like a tradition 4 south african people. 2 go almost that whole month 2 beach and now with this global warming thing I'm sitting with a head full of fear but thanks 2 all the comments I will try them cause my last 5yrs was hell but calmine lotion did help me in the past thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I work for waste pro slinging trash. i have recently came down with a bad case of heat rash. i sweat all day and stay hydrated. i was wondering if there is any clothing that would help me from heat rash. and what is the best way to cure it. email me at at sc3800gtp01@aim.com with any suggestions. thank you

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      ellies lm 5 years ago

      While spending time in a jungle for several months, I suffered with heat rash in the most miserable way. The only thing that gave relief was to use corn starch straight from the box. This also works on spots that rub together, like the thighs. Dust corn starch on those spots and instant relief.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I find IBUPROFEN is a great way of controlling Heat Rash. My theory being heat rash is INFLAMED SKIN and IBUPROFEN is ANTI INFLAMMATORY . I dose up in fist thing in the morning before sun exposure and last thing at night before I go to bed as well as taking a 1 a day an anti histamine/allergy tablet.

      I find this really does help prevent and control heat rash.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for your ideas,i have heat rash and suffer terribly with it,its so unsightly and drives me mad!!!going to try these ideas, also ive heard bathing in baking soda works so if you have no luck with the other ideas u could try this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thankyou very much ! I was very worried, it never happened beofre .

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      Erricx 5 years ago

      If you still get heat rash, try this http://www.HeatRashAndSweatRash.com I live in Florida now and have been getting a rash for years. I started using this in Aug 2011 and have been clear since.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I use powder from head to toe. Sad that tropical climate kills people with heat rash

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I went to the doctor when I was younger and he said I had a heat rash and he gave me a pill and a cream and it worked then when I was 16 I ran away and the sun ruined my skin.. I'm 19 now and it's still there but when I sweat or get hot it comes up.. I try to stay clean and avoid the heat but it's no fun to stay in the room all the time.. I say the doctor does have a cure.. also clean your skin with Cetaphil.. you can soak in bleach water too.. that seems to work.. removes dirty bad skin and soothes an aching body as well..

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      ReasonToParty 6 years ago

      Great tips! Going to try some of them now to help my miserable 11 year old. Thank you for sharing.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for the tips; they may come in handy this summer.

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      Gift-Guide 6 years ago

      I too come from tropical climate country and have heat rash often. I have heard drinking tea dehydrates don't know whether it is true must goole and find out the truth.

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      LilyWriter 7 years ago

      Thank-you for your nice feedback:) I hope you never have to experience heat rash!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      I have never had to cure heat rash, but you have my sympathy! That you made me want to read about a cure for something I've never had is a real accomplishment. SquidAngel Blessed.