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Heat Rash (cont.)

Heat Rash Prevention

  • Wear cool breathable fabrics such as cotton.
  • Avoid polyester and nylon clothing.
  • Maintain a comfortable room temperature with fans and air conditioning.
  • Babies and infants should be kept comfortably cool and dry. Because of babies' and infants increased fat folds and diaper irritation, they frequently get rashes on their diaper area and abdomen folds (diaper rash).
  • Infant drooling may cause further occlusion of sweat ducts and hair follicles leading to heat rash on the face cheeks.
  • Bedridden and wheelchair bound patients should be rotated and moved to avoid constant sweating and occlusion in the same area.

Heat Rash Do's

  • Do get out of the heat.
  • Do wear cool, breathable fabrics such as cotton.
  • Do maintain comfortable temperatures with fans and air conditioning.
  • Do wash off the skin with mild soap and pat dry after sweating or exercise.
  • Do take a cool shower or bath.

Heat Rash Don'ts

  • Don't wear polyester and nylon fabrics in the summer.
  • Don't cover with ointments, Vaseline, or heavy creams.
  • Don't scrub or rub the skin to remove heat rash bumps.
  • Don't stay in the heat or humidity.
  • Don't go in a hot tub, sauna, or Jacuzzi.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014

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