Hot weather, particularly alongside humidity, is the most common trigger for prickly heat rash. Your body makes sweat to cool down your skin. When you sweat more than usual, your glands can become overwhelmed. The sweat ducts may become blocked, trapping the sweat deep underneath your skin.
Why do I get heat rash so easily?
Heat rashes are more common in places with hot, humid, climates because people sweat more. Intense exercise associated with lots of sweating may cause a heat rash, especially if the clothing worn does not allow adequate air circulation.
Can you be prone to heat rash?
Likewise, there are factors that can make someone more prone to get heat rash. Those with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, are more likely to develop the rash. Someone with sensitive skin or another skin condition is also at a potentially greater risk.
Why do I keep breaking out in a heat rash?
Heat rash develops when some of your sweat ducts clog. Instead of evaporating, perspiration gets trapped beneath the skin, causing inflammation and rash. It’s not always clear why the sweat ducts become blocked, but certain factors seem to play a role, including: Immature sweat ducts.
How do you get rid of a recurring heat rash?
Bathe or shower in cool water with nondrying soap, then let your skin air-dry instead of toweling off. Use calamine lotion or cool compresses to calm itchy, irritated skin. Avoid using creams and ointments that contain petroleum or mineral oil, which can block pores further.
How do I prevent heat rash between my legs?
You can use petroleum jelly to lubricate and protect the skin. It might also prevent clothing from causing friction against your inner thighs. Apply about a teaspoon of petroleum jelly to the inside of your thighs. You can also try chafing creams and balms, such as Body Glide, or zinc oxide ointment.
What is the fastest way to cure prickly heat?
Cold showers or baths can reduce body temperature and help prickly heat clear up faster. Camphor and menthol may also have a cooling effect on the skin and help reduce the itchiness. In some cases, antihistamine medications can help reduce itching.