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How to treat heat rash at home

If you suspect heat rash, such as after a hard workout in the sun, you don’t need to see a doctor. While it’s likely to clear up on its own, with time, you don’t have to wait it out.

There are a variety of home remedies you can turn to for quick relief, including the following:

•    Seek shelter indoors: Get out of the heat, preferably by seeking shelter indoors. For example, moving into your air conditioned home will go a long way in relieving your pain.

•    Take a cool shower: There’s no better feeling than a cool shower when battling a bout of heat rash. Don’t use harsh soap, as it has the potential to complicate your rash. Also, air dry as opposed to rubbing the water off your skin with a towel.

•    Use calamine lotion: If the itch is more than you can handle and it’s not going away fast enough, use a small amount of calamine lotion to speed up the process. 

You can get heat rash at any time of the year, but it’s more common during the summer months when you’re exerting yourself. Should you run into this issue, don’t panic. Follow the tips above and you’ll find yourself rash free soon enough.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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