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Diagnosing and Treating Heat Rash

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
  • Itching
  • 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

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Public health guidance for masking related to vaccination status has NOT changed in healthcare settings.

Vaccine Appointment Scheduling

Patients age 12 and older can schedule a vaccine appointment on the State’s website. Please note, any patient under 18 needs a parent or guardian’s consent which can be found here.

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