Austin City Limits | Tips To Avoid Heat…Rash

ACL has been an Austin staple for 12 years, and it will be making waves again these next few weeks. With the plethora of new and classic music comes a plethora of music fans. This mixed with the Texas heat can lead to the condition commonly known as “Heat Rash”.

“Heat Rash” is actually an alternate name for Miliaria, which varies in form. “Texas could very well be a breeding ground for miliiara,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board-certified Dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “The high humidity mixed with sun exposure and heat is what causes this rash to form on the skin.”

Miliaria rubra, or “Prickly heat,” is one of the most common forms of heat rash and appears as a stinging patch on portions of the skin that have been exposed to the heat. It is common in skin folds, and areas where chaffing may typically occur. This red skin eruption typically has a rough or bumpy texture, or composed of papules, as dermatologists say.

Miliaria crystallina, also known as sumadina, is often seen in babies. This form of heat rash appears as tiny blisters or clear bumps on the skin.

There are several other forms of the condition, which can range from a very mild redness to pimple-like eruptions on the skin. “All forms of miliaria are caused by a blockage of the sweat duct in the skin,” explains Dr. Miriam Hanson, board-certified Dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Whether its a superficial blockage, deeper in the skin, or if the blocked gland becomes infected with a bacteria are the factors that determine which type of miliaria is seen.”

“Honestly, the best way to avoid this condition is to stay out of the heat,” suggests Dr. Mamelak. “When this is not an option, like at festivals like Austin City Limits,  taking breaks from the heat is a good way to avoid a heat rash from developing,” he continues. Other ways to avoid this condition is to take cool showers using a mild soap and by wearing lighter clothing to avoid the act of consistent rubbing.

Treatment of this condition may include topical ointments, antibacterials, calamine lotion, and camphor. Consult your Dermatologist to help decipher if you have a heat rash and how to properly treat it.

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