How To Stop Prickly Heat and Heat Rash From Ruining Your Summer
IF HEAT RASH IS MAKING LIFE A LIVING HELL, READ ON FOR THE EXPERTS' (AND SUFFERERS') ADVICE ON WHAT CAUSES PRICKLY HEAT, HOW TO GET RID OF HEAT RASH AND HOW TO KEEP YOUR COOL WITH THESE REMEDIES AND TREATMENTS
I don't do well in hot weather. Prickly heat, heat rash or 'sweat rash' as it might be known (not to be confused with polymorphic light eruption or PLE - see below) has plagued me, on and off, for as long as I can remember. Being sensitive, I'm always on the lookout for the beginnings of rashes or reactions, but there's none I dread more than the early signs of heat rash - those little red spots that start to appear on my wrists and the folds of my forearms, which I know within hours will be right up to my shoulders. Sometimes it even starts at the top - the sides of my arms and on my chest - before appearing elsewhere. Nowhere is safe.
As a friend and fellow sufferer once said to me, "Once you look down and see it - you know that's it." It's spoiled many a holiday, or indeed many a sunny day that should be spent frolicking outdoors and soaking up the vitamin D (responsibly, of course; SPF always included). Itchy, sore and unsightly, it can make summer a living hell. But what causes it and is there any way to stop those spots from creeping up on us?
I asked the experts to find out once and for all how to prevent heat rash and how to get rid of prickly heat if it's already made an appearance...
Shabir suggests trying Lemon Balm Cream by Granary Herbs, £9, which can be applied three or four times a day. "When applied topically lemon balm helps to soothe itchy inflamed skin as well as being a good first aid cream useful for sores and cuts," says Shabir. "Thyme Out, £18, is another good option as the tonic helps to reduce inflammation and calm your skin. The formula is also very good at treating acne, eczema and sunburn, so it’s worth investing in for the whole family."