Guest blog by Sam Hadadi
For many of us, the soaring temperatures and clear blue skies are a reason to celebrate. BBQs, cool drinks in the garden, soaking up the sun, playing with our kids in the paddling pool…
The summer just brings so much joy, doesn’t it?
Yet, for some, it can bring misery with it too. Along with the summer sun can also come prickly heat, also known as 'milaria rubra' or 'heat rash'.
Prickly Heat is an uncomfortable, itchy rash made up of raised spots. As well as looking a little unsightly, it can also cause swelling, as well as a stinging or prickling feeling when touched. Itchy, sore and not exactly pretty, it can make the summer sun hell for anyone with sensitive skin.
Prickly heat will usually rear its nasty little head when you sweat more than normal. This is most often in hot and humid weather, although it can also occur in the winter too.
The condition is triggered by blocked sweat glands, which then leads to irritated skin and that all-too-common rash.
Quite simply, anyone! In fact, it’s pretty darn common – around a third of people may suffer with it at any given time.
Of course, your risk of developing it is higher if you’re in a hot climate, and you’re also more likely to get it if you’re overweight, or wear too many clothes. It’s also more common in babies and children.
Oh, the million dollar question!
Happily, prickly heat isn’t a serious condition and will usually disappear on its own. Of course, that’s not much use to those of you who suffer with those uncomfortable and often painful rashes.
If you find yourself suffering with it, you can try:
Still suffering? There are also plenty of natural remedies you can try, including our favourites:
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Sam Hadadi is an ex-BBC journalist and now a freelance writer specialising in fitness and food.