Although heat-rash isn't a serious condition for adults, it can still be really irritating and uncomfortable. It can also be a lot worse for babies and young children, and prevention is the best cure.
Here are a few of the best ways to treat the condition, and to keep you comfortable during the summer months:
- Wear Cotton Rather Than Synthetic Fabric. Cotton allows your skin to breathe, so wearing loose cotton clothes (and underwear) is a good idea. You can make an exception if you're going out for the night, but if you're going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, you need to let your skin breathe.
- Avoid The Heat. I spend most of my time indoors and don't even get a tan, so that's probably why I rarely suffer from heat-rash!
- Take Plenty Of Cool Showers. You don't want to be shivering under the water, but keep the temperature as low as you can comfortably tolerate. This cools you down and also relieves the itchiness and redness that can come with heat-rash. Alternatively (or additionally), apply a cold washcloth to the affected areas.
- If It's Really Bad, Use Calamine Lotion. This calms the skin, and will stop the rash being quite so aggressive!
- If You're Going To Be Sitting Outside, Find A Shaded Spot. You don't have to stay out of the sun entirely, but if you're wearing heavy, synthetic clothing (or sports gear) you're best off sitting out of direct sunlight.