Prickly Heat (Miliaria Rubra) is a skin disorder which produces an irritating skin rash as the result of obstructed sweat-glands. The prickly heat rash is non-inflammatory and affects people of all ages, though it is most commonly suffered by infants. For those who are genetically predisposed to prickly heat, recurrence is common.
Small, fluid-filled blisters on the skin.
Red, irritating or itchy rash.
Clusters of blisters which come and go during exposure to sunlight or humid, hot weather.
Irritation to areas where perspiration is heavy.
Red, bumpy rash on areas of skin which are covered by clothing.
Prickly heat appears when the sweat-gland ducts become obstructed.
Hot, humid weather.
Over activity during hot weather.
Wearing polyester or lycra while exercising in warm weather.
Allergies to deodorants or antiperspirants.
Prickly heat is curable. A combination of preventative measures and immediate treatment ensure quick recovery.
STEROID creams and ointments containing hydrocortisone should be applied 3-times daily to rash to relieve itching and irritation.
COOL showers or baths will help to keep itching under control and cleanse the skin.
BATHING in oatmeal mixes or with oatmeal soaps will stop itching and speed healing.
EXPOSE the rash to as much fresh air as possible. Never cover with bandages or tight clothing.
DRAWING ointments will aid in cleaning out areas which have blistered.
ANTI-ITCH medications, such as Benadryl, are helpful for those suffering chronic prickly heat.
ALOE VERA lotions will stop excessive itching.
Prickly heat can often be prevented. If you're especially vulnerable to prickly heat, there are steps you can take to prevent flare-ups.
CHANGE infant's diapers as soon as they are wet.
AVOID exposure to heavy sunlight.
TAKE frequent showers or sponge baths during inclimate weather.
DECREASE activity during humid, warm weather.
DON'T wear tight clothing. Cotton clothing will allow the skin to breathe.
APPLY moisturizing or lubricating ointments to the skin daily.
USE powders containing cornstarch, which will help to absorb perspiration.
TAKE multi-vitamin supplements daily to keep the immune system functioning and bacteria at bay.