Heat rash between the legs occurs due to excess sweating. If you have excess fat in the thigh region, then its skin ends up rubbing or brushing causing friction and aggravating the sweat rash. As a result, you could be applying numerous prickly heat powders, creams, gels or other heat rash products for treating it and yet find that the rash persists or even increases. In some cases, the heat rash starts to get better and then recurs as your skin continues to sweat and abrade. So, what can one do in such a case? Is there a best cure for heat rash between legs caused due to excessive sweating? Let’s find out….
The structure of the skin
The skin consists of three main layers namely the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The sweat glands are present in the dermis and their ducts open out on the surface of the skin through the epidermis. Sweat glands are an essential part of the body’s natural temperature regulation mechanism. Whenever the body overheats due to hot external temperature, fever, excess clothing or intense physical activity or, in pregnancy due to hormonal changes-the sweat mechanism triggers in and starts throwing out water and toxic waste to cool the skin down. The evaporating sweat helps regulate the skin’s temperature and brings it down to normal tolerable range.
In some cases though, excess sweating clogs or chokes up the sweat ducts. As a result the sweat remains trapped in the epidermis. Over time, the trapped sweat clogs up the passage completely which then causes the skin to erupt in the form of boils and papules on the skin’s surface. This rash is called miliaria or heat rash, which normally resolves in a few days. If however, you end up wearing skinny or tight jeans, or, as stated above, have extra fleshy thighs, then the heat rash does not heal quickly. Constant friction and abrasion causes the skin’s structure to weaken and wear away leading to rash, discomfort, pain and even itchiness.
In pregnant women, the changing hormone levels cause excess heat in the body which gives rise to sweating under the increased breasts as well as in between the legs. As a result; persistent sweat rash in between the legs is a common disorder that causes chaffing and irritation in pregnancy.
How to get rid of heat rash between the legs fast?
Here are some ways of stopping heat rashes between the legs fast:
- Avoid wearing clothes at night. If necessary wear loose cotton pajamas or short gowns that allow natural air circulation between the legs. Avoid wearing tight pants during the day.
- Keep cool by avoiding the sun-especially the midday sun- which is the hottest
- Pregnant women must go clothes shopping especially if their existing clothing is getting too tight and causing chaffing between the legs. Loose flowing gowns are the best.
- Take a cool bath if you are sweating excessively. You can add some Epsom salts to the bath water. These can prevent the rash from getting infected.
- Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it to the heat rash between legs. This will draw out the pain and also prevent infections.
- If excess sweating is a problem you face, then go for talcum powders or prickly heat powders that absorb excess sweat. Apply these liberally all over the thigh area after bath. Do not wear tight pants or shorts following this heat rash remedy.
- Apply antiperspirant deodorant where possible to prevent excess sweat.
- If you work out a lot, wear moisture-wicking clothing that can absorb the sweat and keep it away from your skin. You could consider working out your lower and upper body on alternate days to give your thighs a break from irritating sweat rashes.
Heat rash getting worse: what to do?
Use the following remedies to cure heat rash from excessive sweating between thighs fast
- Use a mild non irritating cleanser as harsh soaps can aggravate the rash. Bathe with warm/tepid water. Use products that won’t harm your skin’s PH balance.
- Sit in an air conditioned room.
- Use a cool compress by immersing clean cotton cloth in ice cold water and dabbing it gently on the skin. Where possible, you can also create a cool compress with natural Aloe Vera gel sourced directly from the plant. Another home remedy for a cool compress for heat rash that won’t go away is cold milk (1 cup) mixed with 2-3 cups of cold water. Immerse cotton pads in the mixture, wring out the excess and apply on the rash.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream or Calamine lotion to soothe the rash.
- As already stated keep your skin cool at night and as far as possible avoid wearing night clothes. This will heal the heat rash between legs overnight.
- Avoid creams, lotions, petroleum jellies with fragrance and fancy ingredients. These could aggravate the heat rash and chaffing between legs.
Finally, see a doctor soon especially if the heat rash between the legs won’t go away within a week or appears to be spreading or is causing intense discomfort. If you are pregnant, talk to your OB-GYN about ways of preventing heat rash between legs and under the breastss. In case of small children, see a pediatrician, especially if the rash is accompanied by high fever, headaches, vomiting etc. These could be signs of heat exhaustion. Use above solutions to get rid of heat rash between the legs fast.