Heat rash, or prickly heat, develops when sweat ducts become blocked. More often than not, the infected area is an area that is covered by clothing.
Identifying a Heat Rash
Typically, a heat rash doesn’t require medical attention. If you suspect you may have a heat rash, watch for the following symptoms:
- Red dots on head, neck and shoulders
- Increased swelling in some areas
If the heat rash doesn’t go away within three to four days or symptoms worsen, medical attention might be necessary.
How Do I Treat Heat Rash?
Most heat rashes heal on their own. The following suggestions can help relieve symptoms:
- Wear loose clothing
- Sit in cool, shady spots
- Let your skin air dry until heat rash heals
- Use calamine lotion to soothe itching
- Avoid ointments other than calamine lotion because they might increase irritation