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Heat Rash (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Heat Rash

If the rash is not improving or resolving with home treatment described, or becomes worse after several days, the patient should see a physician to be sure there is not a bacterial infection or other cause for the rash. If the rash is accompanied by other significant symptoms (dizziness , chest pain , shortness of breath etc.) the person should seek medical care.

Seek medical care immediately if the patient has rash with:

Conditions That Are Not Heat Rash

Many other rashes can look like heat rash. Some of these other conditions include:

  • Folliculitis (a bacterial infection of the skin commonly with "staph")
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Allergic rash
  • Medication reaction or drug eruption
  • Grover's disease (also called transient acantholytic dermatosis) causes itchy bumps on the abdomen and chest that worsen with heat)
  • Niacin medication (in some individuals, cause a temporary overall body flushing and heat rash like appearance that improves in a few hours)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/2/2015

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