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Heat rash pictures

        Here is one thing that the average patient definitely does not know about the very common and highly annoying skin condition called heat rash: under this name, heat rash, does not exist only one skin problem. In all actuality, there are more than ten epidermal troubles that are known as heat rash. For all they're worth, heat rash pictures do not help the unadvised eye, making the heat rash diagnosis a difficult procedure for the sufferer without medical training. It becomes clear rather quickly that, in order to perform a correct heat rash diagnosis, one must base it on more that some careful analysis of the heat rash symptoms or heat rash pictures. Basically, for a heat rash treatment to function in its normal parameters, one needs to schedule an appointment with the only person that is authorized to interpret the heat rash symptoms correctly and prescribe the right treatment: a dermatologist.

Heat rash pictures

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       However, if you wish to learn more about the heat rash symptoms, heat rash treatment and heat rash complications, here is a little and comprehensibly explained guide to heat rash. Firstly, let us start with a definition. Now, the textbook definition spreads for pages, since it describes each and every one of the diseases that can be found under the general term of heat rash. The short and more understandable version is the following: heat rash is one name for a suite of skin problems that appear or have a tendency of worsening at high temperatures. Another name for the same collection of skin conditions is "prickly heat" or "miliaria". Just like with any other name out there, it is gives clues as to what might trigger the skin problems. Of course, in this case, it all has to do with heat. When the temperature rises above a normal level, the skin of the patient starts to present with heat rash symptoms. Once the affected person returns to an area with a lower temperature and if they have not spent a long period of time in high temperatures, the heat rash symptoms tend to disappear. Do not take this for granted. Sometimes, all it takes is for the heat rash to manifest once and it never goes away completely.

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       Again, the name is pretty self - explanatory when talking about the period of the year when heat rash causes the most victims: the summer months. Once the air becomes hot and dry, the skin starts to pour out sweat in waves. These waves are the ones that can irritate the skin beyond belief and cause its crusty aspect and its unwanted redness. Keep in mind that, in most cases, the heat rash is self - contained and disappears in a few hours. Still, there are cases when the heat rash complications have been ignored due to the wrong knowledge of the disease being self - contained. Please note the difference: the heat rash is self - contained. The heat rash complications rarely are. Also, this skin condition does not have a preference for a gender, an age or a social category. However, it does tend to be a chronic condition in countries that have low humidity and high temperatures. The locals have adapted pretty well, though: researchers have discovered that the skin of the Moroccans is slightly ticker than the skin of their northern neighbors, the Spanish.

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       One piece of information that both the patient and the physician can draw from heat rash pictures is nature of the heat rash that affects the sufferer. Basically, one can easily tell which heat rash type has attacked the person. While the medical textbooks claim that more then ten skin conditions are included under the heat rash name, the heat rash types are only four. The difference between the classification and the enumeration of the diseases is simple to explain: some skin problems are very similar and cannot be separated even by the most experienced dermatologist. Therefore, the four main heat rash types are:

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  • Clear (miliaria crystalline): in this case, the little pustules that form all over the body tend to have no definite color. The patient might mistake them for blisters if he or she notices them on their soles.
  • White or yellow (miliaria pustulosa): this time, the tiny bags are filled with something that might or might not be puss. In most cases, it is not puss. However, if the person has lowered immunity or suffers from any other type of skin condition, then the yellow liquid could be puss.
  • Red (miliaria rubra): these are the ones that a patient is the most likely to notice and panic. If they appear in large numbers, the affected person is liable to believe that they have an allergic reaction. The idea is not as preposterous as it might seem: heat is the allergenic factor in this case.
  • Deep (miliaria profunda): unfortunately, this one can be listed as a heat rash complication. This heat rash type appears to have the form of a nail, penetrating the layers of skin and reaching the nerves that are located right below the surface of the epidermis. It is the most painful type of miliaria.
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       After all this talk about the heat rash definition and manifestations, not one thing has been said about the heat rash causes. In essence, heat rash happens because of the clogging of the pores at the surface of the skin. This happens when the body finds itself in the necessity of eliminating a lot of sweat in a really short period of time, when the ambient temperature is higher than the normal value. Once the clogging problem is solved, all the heat rash symptoms disappear. Usually, the minute and clear pustules will be gone in a couple of hours once the person moves to a cooler area.

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       If the heat rash is slightly more serious, some treatment might be in order. Typically, once the affected areas are gently cleaned with soap and cool water, the liquid - filled bags disappear. However, if the heat rash is advanced, soaking in a bathtub full of lukewarm water can work miracles. Heat rash rarely requires a visit to the dermatologist, but if you do get there, he or she should recommend you some moisturizing cream and not much more.

       In conclusion, if one keeps out of the sun or steers clear of overheated areas, heat rash should pose no threat. However, if it does appear, keep in mind that it tends to go away once the allergenic factor is eliminated.