Sweat Rash

What to Do if You Develop a Sweat Rash

Unfortunately, a common ailment for people during hot and humid summer months is the dreaded sweat rash. If you have recently developed what you think may be a heat or sweat rash and don’t know what to do about it, read this article for a basic guide to understanding treatment, risks involved, and help for preventing them in the future.

It should be noted though, that if you are unsure of your rash, or if you have frequent issues with them, that you should seek medical assistance in treating it, as there may be an underlying cause.

What is a Sweat Rash?

Sweat rashes, for all intents and purposes, are essentially just a rash that develops in hot and humid conditions. This usually causes red patches of prickly or itchy skin, and can be very uncomfortable for the unlucky sufferer. This common skin infection is caused by Candida yeast, and is fairly easily treated, but if left to its own devices, may cause more serious problems.

Most of the time this rash likes to pop up on young children or infants, due to under-developed sweat glands, but teens and adults can also get it. The itchy and prickly red rashes will usually pop up between the legs, the groin area, under the arms, or anywhere where they may be excessive sweat. For some people, this means the face, chest, and neck, although not as commonly.

Easy to Handle Treatment

Although symptoms like these can be scary, particularly for children, a sweat rash is fairly simple to get rid of, particularly if you have dealt with one before. Remember though, if you are new to this sort of thing you should consult a doctor or medically trained professional as it ay be something else completely.

At any rate, whether you want to tackle this problem yourself or not, you will need to get out of the sunlight and heat. If appropriate to do so, you should remove all clothing from the affected areas in order to let the skin breathe and cool off. Some people find it soothing to take a cool shower, and there is nothing wrong with this.

Upon leaving the shower, get a tube of antifungal cream or antibacterial cream. Squeeze out a small amount and rub it into the affected area. Be sure to wash your hands afterward. You may also want to apply a cold compress at this time, or simply lay down with no clothing and have a fan blowing on you.

Clearly this is easiest if you live alone or only with a spouse or lover. Avoid this technique if you have children, or go into the bedroom. If your child is shy about this, tell them to stay in their room and bring in snacks and books for them ahead of time so that they can cool off privately.

If you absolutely need to wear clothing, you should stick to dye-free and loose clothing. Do not assume that because you feel better and cooler that you can put on your favorite pair of jeans. Tighter, thicker clothing like this is a breeding ground for more bacteria and will act like a greenhouse on your body, heating it up quickly.

As the redness fades, you can choose to apply some calamine lotion to help soothe it a bit. This is also a good choice for a simple heat rash that does not involve a fungal infection. The calamine will work quickly and leaves your skin soft, soothed, and generally has a pleasant smell to it.