Summer rash

Attention sweaty sufferers

It’s hot out, you sweat, and soon you notice itchy, red bumps and blisters on your skin. What is it? Heat rash, also known as “prickly heat,” is a common summer affliction that occurs when a blockage of the sweat glands causes perspiration to be caught in the deeper layers of the skin. People who sweat easily are the most susceptible, as are babies and children because their sweat glands are underdeveloped. Heat rash occurs in the places you sweat the most, and though there is no remedy, there are strategies to ease your pain. Antibacterial soaps can shorten its duration, and topical solutions like calamine lotion can help with the itch, but be wary of oil-based treatments as they can block your sweat glands even more. Most important, keep your skin cool to prevent more sweating by taking cold showers and wearing loose clothing.