You do your best to protect yourself from head to foot, your skin included. But then one sunny morning, as you lie on your back, you suddenly feel some kind of heat accompanied by a sensation of stinging pins and needles. You immediately get up, unable to tolerate the discomfort and check what it is. You see sunburn-like redness on your back which was followed by tiny blisters a few hours later. As the day progresses it becomes more and more uncomfortable and you wonder if it is allergy or some kind of skin disease.
During hot weather, people are likely to come across various heat-related illnesses which include several skin conditions. Some are so alike in their signs and symptoms and may be confusing to identify correctly. This could be the reason why you are puzzled as to what it is that is causing the condition on your back. But if there is one thing that you may be sure about is that you have been exposed to excessive temperatures, the season being hot and sunny.
Excessive sweating, hot and humid weather condition, illness, intensive physical movements are some of the factors why a person would develop a skin condition called heat rash. It appears like a red group of tiny pimples or blisters. Any person at any age may get it.
How do you protect yourself?
- Get out of the heat as much as possible. When you must work outside, the garden for instance, do so during the cooler hours of the day – in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is down.
- Drink plenty of water and other refreshing drinks to help keep your body temperature lower and avoid dehydration during extremely hot days.
- If you are a health buff who works out regularly, avoid doing so during the hottest hours of the day during heat rash season so you can avoid it and other heat-related conditions.
- Keeping the air circulating by using electric fans and keeping the windows open will greatly help in cooling a room during a hot weather.
- Avoid dressing in heavy fabrics especially if you prone to skin conditions brought about by excessive sweating or by preventing air from breezing through your skin.
Infants are very susceptible to developing heat rash too and it could be more uncomfortable for them. While they need to be kept warm, it is not advisable to bundle them up too much or too tightly that no air gets to their skin.
It is equally important to expose the elderly and immobile patients such as those who have suffered a stroke and are fully or partially paralyzed to fresh air every now and then. They too could suffer from the discomforts of the condition.
Prevention – the Most Important Treatment
As always, prevention is better than cure hence it is most important that you are able to avoid the condition altogether. Do not give your sweat ducts the chance to be blocked at any given time, not only during a hot weather. Surprisingly, you could also develop heat rash even when the temperature is cold. Bundling up and covering yourself too much with heavy blankets when it is cold could also trigger an attack if you are prone to the condition.
You may protect yourself but the guarantee of not getting this heat-related condition is not 100%. There are days when the sun can just be relentlessly hot. Be conscious about rehydrating yourself properly and detect the early signs of heat-related illnesses especially heat rash. The body does get use to the heat given a certain period of time. Before it does, however, some skin irritations may already have occurred. So stay alert to keep them at bay and not suffer the discomforts of heat rash.