Prickly heat is a type of heat rash characterized by tiny bumps or even water blisters.
- Brought about by clogging of sweat glands, resulting into tiny bumps.
- The forehead (under caps or visors), body folds, the upper back and chest, and the arms are the most common locations.
- Most common when it is hot and humid.
- ‘Prickly’ sensation.
- The rash can look quite similar to one caused by infected hair follicles (folliculitis), there are no hair follicles in prickly heat bumps.
- Take a bath everyday.
- Limit exposure to the sun.
- Always dries up sweat from the skin.
- Wear light, loose clothing.
- Cleanse the skin gently.
- Apply corn starch or baking soda powder.
- If there is excessive itching or if the rash is infected, consult a physician.