Can heat cause skin problems?

It’s summertime, and everyone is excited to spend time at the pool and beach. But is it safe? Is summer heat bad for the skin? We are all aware of how important it is to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays to protect ourselves from skin cancer, but we also need to pay close attention to protecting our skin from heat rash as well.

What is heat rash?

Heat rash is a rash that occurs due to blocked sweat glands on the skin. These blocked glands keep the sweat from reaching the surface and evaporating naturally, which in turn results in inflammation and the development of a rash. Heat rash symptoms may include:

  • Itchy/prickly feeling on the skin
  • Red bumps
  • Fading after the skin is allowed to cool

In rare instances, heat rash may require medical attention, but this is only if the area becomes infected.

How can you avoid heat rash?

Heat rash can be avoided with proper prevention. This may include:

  • The use of air conditioning and fans to maintain circulation
  • Avoiding hot and humid conditions for long periods of time
  • Wearing loose fitting clothes to allow for proper sweating
  • Maintaining body temperature by staying cool and avoiding unnecessary heat exposure
  • Avoiding using heavy lotions and creams that can clog the sweat glands
  • Avoiding certain medications, such as clonidine, which is known to cause a side effect of heat rash

In addition to causing heat rash, high temperatures and higher humidity environments also put patients at risk of heat stroke. During the hot summer months, be attentive to your body and make sure to stay cool. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid spending long periods of time outdoors, especially if you are feeling dizzy or faint from heat levels. If you are spending time out in the sun, make sure to protect the skin from skin cancer by wearing a high SPF sunblock applied routinely throughout the day.

Discuss with your dermatologist ways to protect your skin from heat rash

Call (972) 661-2729 today to request a consultation with Dr. Cockerell to discuss your skin care needs. The practice is located in Dallas, Texas at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Suite #160.