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Heat Rash (cont.)

Factors that Aggravate Heat Rash

  • High humidity
  • High temperatures
  • Jacuzzi's, saunas, and steam rooms
  • Fever
  • Sunburn
  • Regular sweating or hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)
  • Tight garments and non-breathable fabrics
  • Application of perfumes, body oils, fragranced lotions and creams (may cause secondary irritation and allergic dermatitis - contact dermatitis)

Heat Rash Complications

While heat rash does not lead to heat stroke, both conditions may rarely occur in the same individual. Heat rash is a very common, self-limited skin condition while heat stroke is an uncommon more serious, generalized illness. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention. Heat stroke is particularly life-threatening in the frail, ill, and elderly.

REFERENCE:

Rakel R. Textbook of Family Medicine. 7th edition. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier. 2007


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/2/2015

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