How To Get Rid Of A Heat Rash
Whether for yourself or your children, knowing how to get rid of heat rash is a useful skill. Medically, heat rash is known as miliaria rubra and occurs when the human body is subjected to hot, humid heat and is not sweating enough to keep cool. The itchy rash is not dangerous, but can be quite a nuisance, so here’s how you can treat the rash naturally with things you’re sure to have around your home.
Things you'll need:
- Gentle body wash
- Doctor's appointment
Stay cool. It’s a no brainer, but staying out of the sun when you have heat rash is the first step towards curing yourself. Stay indoors and around air conditioning to sooth your skin. Avoid sweating at all costs.
Clean out your pores. Heat rash is caused by your sweat glands not performing correclty. For babies and young children, their sweat glands are not fully developed and prevent them from adjusting their body temperature accordingly, but adults can get heat rash from clogged pores. Showering with gentle, chemical-free soap will help your pores unclog and get you relief.
Let your skin breathe. Avoid tight-fitting clothing to encourage healing. Once you’ve cleaned out your pores, give your skin a break by wearing baggy clothes that let your skin breathe naturally. Not only will loose clothing help your skin recover more quickly, it will also keep your pores from clogging in the future.
The power of oatmeal. If you’re prone to rashes, you probably already know the soothing power of everyone’s favorite breakfast mush. Just put a few cups of oatmeal—cooked or raw—in a sock or cloth bag and take a lukewarm or cool bath, using the oatmeal pack like a sponge. Sprinkling cornstarch on your rash after you dry off can also help get rid of heat rash.
Seeking medical help. If your rash does not respond to these treatments, gets worse or lasts more than ten days, it’s time to see a doctor.