Heat rash, sometimes called prickly heat, is a skin condition brought about by extreme sweating during hot and humid weather and could result to heat rash blisters. It can happen to anyone no matter what age. Young children, however, are known to be more susceptible. The major cause of the occurrence is the blockage of the sweat ducts and children, having smaller ducts easily develop heat rash. When this happens, sweat is unable to escape and finds its way into other tissues thereby causing that prickly feeling and the itch.
Although very itchy at times, the condition by itself is harmless. Only when it is left untreated and the person afflicted with it is not very particular about cleanliness does it become a more pressing problem. The small red spots could become worse and develop water blistering.
Recognizing Heat Rash Blisters
Heat rash is characterized by pimple-like tiny bumps that appear on areas where sweat collects the most:
- Around the neck
- Under the breast
- The forehead
- Body folds
- Upper back
- Bend of elbows
- Upper chest
The areas that are affected would show some mild swelling and redness or blistering. When they become infected, the blisters look like infected follicles without the hair. With proper care and treatment, heat rash is not a difficult condition to deal with. However, should the heat rash blisters develop into pustular lesions (open blisters), stronger medical intervention with a doctor’s guidance may be required.
The easiest way to deal with heat rash is to make sure you provide cooler, less humid surroundings to the person suffering from the condition. The affected area should stay dry so that the rashes don’t get worse and develop blisters that may pop open and become more painful and harder to treat. When the prickling sensation occurs, a dust of gentle baby powder will help ease the discomfort.
Prevent the condition from becoming worse by observing the following:
- Regularly bathe or clean your skin especially during hot season and thoroughly pat dry with cotton towel to avoid heat rash blisters.
- Use antiperspirant if you are sweat excessively and find ways to cool off such as using a fan or staying in air-conditioned areas.
- Wear loose clothes made of natural soft fabrics. Cotton is ideal.
- In case of excessive itching, ask a pharmacist about antihistamines or anti-itch creams or lotions.
Heat Rash in Young Children
Young children can also suffer from heat rash. In fact, compared with adults, kids are more prone to become afflicted with it. Their younger, more sensitive skin easily becomes irritated by sweat and dirt. Infants easily develop tiny red bumps that can develop into heat rash blisters if not given immediate attention.
During warmer days, make sure to keep babies and children cool and keep moisture off of their skin as much as possible. Have a gentle breeze circulating inside the room where the child stays, better still, use an air-conditioner.
While adults may resort to using creams and lotions to alleviate the itch and prickling sensation brought about by heat rash, it may not be good to do the same where young children are concerned. Their tiny pores may be blocked and instead of getting better, their rashes may just get worse and itchier. Children are harder to control when it comes to scratching and when this happens, heat rash blisters could develop.