What’s going around? Heat rash causing itchy, red skin on summertime kids
What’s going around local doctors’ offices this time of year?
Heat rash, apparently.
Dr. Maria Soriano is a pediatrician at CHI St. Joseph Health. She joined First News at Four to discuss this common summertime affliction and how you can deal with it at home.
- Sometimes called ‘sweat rash’ or ‘prickly heat’
- Caused by a blockage of sweat glands due to excessive sweating or occlusive material
- Commonly affected areas include scalp, face, neck, chest, skin folds
- Most common causes are hot and humid environment, strenuous activity, fever, wearing multiple layers of clothing or applying thick lotion
- Treatment: minimize causes of sweating by cooling the environment, wearing light clothing, bathing daily, avoid applying thick moisturizers
- Don’t scratch! Apply cortisone cream if necessary
- See a doctor if the condition persists or becomes scratched or painful