Treating Heat Rashes

Heat rashes are common occurrence when you are out in the sun for a long time or working in an area where there is no way to cool yourself. They occur because the sweat is trapped in your clothes and is not able to escape.

This causes rashes which are itchy and give a constant pricking sensation on the skin, which makes it difficult to work or relax and disrupts the normal day to day working.

Here are some tips to help you relieve yourself of the itches and rashes:

If you start to feel the prickly, itchy sensation on your skin, the first sign of heat rashes have appeared. The first thing that you need to do is to remove the clothing from the area of the rash. If you have to cover the area, then use natural fibers like cotton so that the skin is able to breathe and there be inflow and outflow of air as much as possible. Do not scratch them at all.

Now the next important thing is to cool the area down. This can be done by taking a cold shower or applying a soft cloth soaked in cold water on the area. You can also have a bath in a tub and you can add oatmeal, baking soda or corn starch to the bath. Soak yourself in the cold water for at least twenty minutes. The above mentioned ingredients in the bath have been tried and tested and are handy in helping you reduce the itch and remove the rashes.

Once you have effectively cooled the skin down, then you can apply some cool aids to keep the skin cool. Aloe Vera oil or Calamine lotion are both great at soothing heat rashes. The former helps the skin to heal and the latter is effective in curbing itches. After you have applied these, apply mild powder. This will be a dry cooling agent that will also prevent the rashes from forming into blisters.

In case they have already converted to blisters, do not apply the lotions. Avoid going out in the heat and stay out of sunlight as much as possible till the rashes are gone. Keep yourself comfortable and avoid getting too sweaty.