What is heat rash, plus 8 tips to treat it

Scratching your skin will spread the rash and cause more discomfort.

Scratching your skin will spread the rash and cause more discomfort.

What you need to know:

  • Heat rashes typically develop on areas of skin that are covered by tight clothing such as long pants and collars.
  • Avoid using scented or artificial moisturising products that can further irritate sensitive skin types. If symptoms worsen over time, see a doctor to rule out any other underlying medical condition.
  • Take cool showers or baths regularly to help your body's temperature return to normal and for treating the rash itself.

A heat rash is a skin irritation caused by an increase in body temperature usually from spending too much time in the sun. This is a common condition among children because they play outside for extended periods of time during hot weather. It is also common in the tropics where the sun is more intense.

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