Summer may seem far away, but that does not mean we are safe from skin infections. Perspiration generally evaporates and helps cool the skin down. However, in some people, sweat gets trapped in areas like their chest, groin, armpits and neck or within the folds of the skin or clothes. This causes swelling and blockage of sweat pores. Sweat leaked into the skin causes bumpy rash or blister heat rash. When these blisters burst, the sweat released causes the stinging of skin, typically known as prickly heat rash. Does heat rash always lead to blistered skin? Probably not and it mainly depends on the type of rash you are dealing with. In fact; many skin conditions are often confused with heat rashes and vice a versa. So if you believe you are suffering from heat rashes, but are unsure, it is best to seek the consultation of a dermatologist.
Main symptoms of heat rashes
As stated before, heat rashes, depending on the exact type, can lead to various symptoms: These are:
- Small transparent bumps that may or may not be itchy
- Very severe rashes are characterized by redness. This type of blistered heat rash is extremely annoying-painful even. Scratching this rash could lead to secondary skin infections.
- Typically, you will develop heat rashes on the neck, underarms, under the breasts, in the groin, on the upper back and torso.
Tackling heat rash
Heat rash accompanied by blisters is not a serious condition. It normally stays for a day or two. Cool showers, air conditioning or fanning should easily get rid of heat rash. Other measures to tackle heat rash are
- Using prickly heat powder-Many brands of prickly heat powders are available out there and you can procure one of your choice easily online.
- You can also use soda bicarbonate in a bath and soak for a few minutes. It sooths the inflamed skin and keeps it fresh and sweat away.
- Another effective soothing treatment is sprinkling finely ground oatmeal to your bath to ease itching and inflammation.
- You may also apply corn flour directly on the area to absorb sweat and moisture.
- Apply an icepack directly over the affected area every few minutes to cool the blister heat rash and sooth the skin.
- Apply cooling aloe vera gel to sooth the itching caused by blister heat rash. You can either buy a commercial brand or use the gel from a freshly cut aloe vera leaf.
- Use an oily calamine lotion to reduce itching and bring down inflammation.
- Take few drops peppermint (for itching) and lavender (for inflammation) oils in a bowl of water and using a washcloth – wipe down the irritated skin.
- Take walks in open air during the late evening (preferably after sunset)
- Wear loose fitting cotton clothes to avoid and contain the blister heat rash.
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it is blister heat rash
- Take tepid baths and showers to avoid heat rash.
- Cool yourself under a fan or in an air – conditioned room.
- Wear loose cotton or linen clothes that don’t hug your body or irritate the skin.
- Avoid the use of oil based sunscreens or other products that contain cocoa butter. A less greasy sunscreen to protect you from UV and UVA radiation is an effective way of keeping away blister heat rash.
- Use an umbrella when you go out in the sun.
- If you are overweight, try to lose a bit of it. Overweight people sweat more and more sweat is trapped between flab of skin that leads to blister heat rash.
- Eats food rich in essential fatty acids, like salmon, trout, mackerel, etc. introduce flaxseeds into your diet or flaxseed oil. The essential oils contained in these food items reduce inflammation and susceptibility to blister heat rash.
- Homeopathy is a great means of curing blister heat rashes especially if you seek immediate attention before fever shoots up. Some remedies that might be help are Sulphur, Graphites, Natrum Mur, and Astacus Fluv.
When does blister heat rash lead to trouble
Most blister heat rash should clear in a couple of days especially if you take measures to contain and prevent blister heat rash. However, if it persists, or causes headaches, paleness, giddiness and extreme redness, consult a doctor.
Blister heat rash often escalates to fever and other conditions-especially in the elderly or in people with low energy levels or weak immune systems. Taking preventive measures and timely treatment can curb escalation and keep your skin healthy and comfortable throughout the year.