What is Heat Rash? Part 1 of 3

heat rashDo you have heat rash? Prickly heat or heat rash is a pink or red rash found on the body. It is often seen in babies and small children’s. But sometimes some adults also get rashes during summer seasons because of the humid, hot climates. If you have rashes on the covered part of your body like in the back or neck but don’t know what that maybe, read on you may have heat rash. This article talks about what is heat rash.

What is Heat Rash?

Every day the body gets exposed to ultraviolet rays, chemicals, infections and more. But the skin protects the body from free radicals and from harsh environment. Skin also plays a crucial role in maintaining body’s temperature through sweating or perspiration.

Sweat is formed in the sweat glands, located in the deep layer of the skin and surface out of the sweat ducks. When sweat fails to get out because of clogging it get trapped under the skin’s façade and heat rash occur.

Heat rash is pretty common in hot months because of the humid climates. It is uncomfortable because of the symptom of itching. For mild heat rash, the problem can go away without treatment but severe rashes require medical attention.

Heat Rash Symptoms

Red or pink bumps on the skin are the usual symptoms of prickly heat or heat rash. The small red bumps are due to the inflammation of the skin’s surface. Inflammation occurs when sweat gets trapped under the skin.

Heat rash can affect the different areas of the body. The rash can appear at areas of body such as back, groin, abdomen, face, elbow folds, neck, and buttocks and under the breast.

By the way, there are four types of heat rashes and the symptoms depend on what type of rash you got.

Four Types of Miliaria or Heat Rash

Red – Miliaria rubra

Miliaria rubra is the most frequent type of heat rash. This type cause’s inflammation so more uncomfortable compared to Miliaria crystalline. With red the blisters are a bit larger, and the area where the rash develops is dry, itchy, sore and irritating. This type of rash is popularly known as prickly heat.

Clear – Miliaria crystalline

Clear heat rash is characterized by tiny blisters. It develop when sweats gets blocked at the below the skin surface were the duct opens. There are no symptoms associated with Miliaria crystalline other than the sweat bubbles.

Deep – Miliaria profunda

Miliaria profunda is the type of heat rash that develops after continually developing prickly heat or Miliaria rubra. A harder and larger bump that is the same as the skin color will start to appear when the deeper layer of your skin gets inflamed. Rash start to appear right after exercising since no sweat comes out on the affected areas.

Out of all the types of heat rash, the miliaria profunda is the most dangerous. This is because the lack of sweating often lead to heat cramps, heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

White/Yellow Heat Rash – Miliaria Pustulosa

This type of rash is characterized by pustules that develop into lesions.

Heat rash is common during the summer season and most of the time babies are the ones often affected. Adults can develop heat rash too, but they can tolerate the discomfort better than babies or small children do. The causes of heat rash is uncertain, it just develop every time the sweat fails to come out of the body.
There are things you can do to prevent heat rash such as wear loose clothing, taking baths, and drinking more water and other healthy drinks like Aloe Vera Gel.

For more information on how Aloe Vera Gel can help you, visit my website at Forever Living Products and check out my next post for details.

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