How to treat heat rash?

  • 1

1 Answer

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.

Avoiding overheating may be all you need to do for mild heat rash. Once skin is cool, heat rash tends to clear quickly.

Ointments

More-severe forms of heat rash may require ointments you apply to your skin to relieve discomfort and prevent complications. Such topical treatments may include:

  • Calamine lotion to soothe itching
  • Anhydrous lanolin, which may help prevent duct blockage and stop new lesions from forming
  • Topical steroids in the most serious cases

Lifestyle and home remedies

Tips to help your heat rash heal and to be more comfortable include the following:

  • In hot weather, dress in loose, lightweight clothing that wicks moisture away from your skin.
  • Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Bathe or shower in cool water with nondrying soap, then let your skin air-dry instead of toweling off.
  • Use calamine lotion or cool compresses to calm itchy, irritated skin.
  • Avoid using creams and ointments that contain petroleum or mineral oil, which can block pores further.
...