How to take care of heat rash on holiday

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How to take care of heat rash on holiday

In some ways, we in the UK are lucky. While the climate is mild and bland, forcing us to pack our bags in search of sunnier skies, we don’t have to deal with the various, sometimes insect-related, dramas that come with it. One of the most common issues people face in hot climates is heat rash, which many often mistake for an allergic reaction. Here is how to deal with it so you can relax this summer.

What is heat rash?

Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, appears as tiny red bumps and itching on the skin, or sometimes, blisters. It may appear to be an allergic reaction, but it’s actually caused by trapped sweat and constant sweating, particularly in hot, humid climates. The humidity stops sweat from evaporating easily and causes excess moisture on your body for prolonged periods.

Heat rash is common in people who are used to cooler climates and travel to hotter ones as they sweat more than usual. It’s rare that you’ll see locals suffering from the same condition. Beware that some medications can increase your risk of heat rash on holiday, including medications for Parkinson’s disease, tranquillisers, and diuretics.  

How to treat heat rash

If you get heat rash, try not to scratch it. If you do, and it becomes infected, you might need further medical help beyond the at-home and over-the-counter solutions.

Heat rash often goes away on its own, but if it’s persistent, there are over-the-counter solutions which work for many people. These include:

  • Calamine lotion
  • Topical steroid creams to treat redness, irritation, and swelling
  • Camphor and menthol to cool the skin and reduce itching

If you haven’t got your hands on medication just yet, know that washing with mild soap after sweating can reduce the amount of moisture on the skin and ease symptoms. It’s also a good idea to do your best to stay cool and avoid excessive sweating. Take cold showers and dry off quickly.

There are a range of conditions that can cause allergy-like symptoms, but some can’t be explained so easily. If you think you may have an allergy, book an appointment with one of our consultants today to get tested. It’s the best way to ease your mind and get the right treatment.

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