How To Treat & Avoid Heat Rash
We’ve all felt it: that uncomfortable, itchy, stinging sensation, the unsightly red swollen rash, swelling, and maybe even blisters. When summer comes, heat rash is always a risk, and that’s doubly true for athletes or anyone who likes to enjoy some time under the sun. As uncomfortable as heat rash can be, though, there are things you can do to treat it – and even better, to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Treating Heat Rash
Everyone’s body is different, so when it comes to treating heat rash, you’ll have to try different things to see what works best for you. That said, there are a number of popular remedies that will usually quell that awful sensation:
- Loose Clothes: This should be a no-brainer, but tight-fitting clothes that cling to the skin are a recipe for disaster with heat rash.
- Drink More Water: Or you might die – but seriously, staying hydrated is critical to making sure your body has what it needs to fight the heat rash on its own.
- Topical Steroid Creams: We’re not talking about muscle building here. Pick up an over the counter hydrocortisone cream for quick relief from painful heat rash.
- Anhydrous Lanolin Cream: It may sound fancy, but it’s an oily skin lubricant made from sheep that can help to soothe skin and prevent more damage from the rash.
Preventing Heat Rash
When it comes to heat rash, though, prevention is far more effective than treatment. Here are some tips for keeping the rash off:
- Shower Every Day: Seriously. If you let oil, dirt, and grime accumulate on your skin in a hot environment, you’re bound to get heat rash. Shower daily to keep things clean and cool.
- Stay Inside: This may not sound like fun for everyone, but probably the most effective way to prevent heat rash is staying in the AC. Try to minimize your time running around in the hot air.
- Jewelweed: Believe it or not, there’s even a plant-based remedy you can find on the banks of many streams and lakes. Crush up some jewelweed and apply it to areas you think might be liable for heat rash. It’ll soothe and calm the skin, preventing painful flare-ups.
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Hopefully these tips help you soothe or prevent the pain and displeasure of heat rash, and if you’re ready to get back out there and enjoy the summer sun in comfort, we’re ready to make you look incredible doing it.
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