How Long Does Heat Rash Last

How long does heat rash last? If you develop this medical condition, you are going to want to get the proper rash treatment as quickly as possible. While you wait for rash to go away, it's logical to want to know how much longer you will have to deal with such an inconvenience.

What Heat Rash Is
Heat rash, which is also referred to as miliaria or prickly heat, is common among infants. However adults who live in hot, humid areas can also develop this rash.

When it gets hot, it's natural to sweat. Sweating is one of the body's methods for keeping itself cool. However, if your sweat pores become blocked, your sweat can become trapped, leading to heat rash. In addition, fabrics that don't allow sweat to evaporate, the bacteria Staphylococcus epidermis and certain heavy creams can lead to developing heat rash.

Heat Rash Treatment
Most heat rash doesn't require medication. The rash starts to go away when the skin has cooled down. Usually, this means staying in places that are air conditioned, cutting back on strenuous exercising and wearing clothes that can breathe. In the event that your heat rash is more severe, you might try calamine lotion or topical steroids.

You can also take steps to avoid heat rash. For example, let your skin air dry after taking a bath or a shower instead of using a towel. You should also wear light, loose clothing that will absorb your sweat if you are in hot weather. In addition, stop using lotions that might cause the pores in your skin to clog.

How Long Does Heat Rash Last?
Under normal circumstances, heat rash should only last three or four days. If your heat rash lasts longer, you might want to go in and see your doctor. In addition, see your doctor right away if the heat rash appears to be getting infected or you contract a fever.

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