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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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What You Need to Know About Heat Rash

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Summer means extra time outdoors and long days under the sun. Unfortunately, this can also mean extra chances for your skin to develop a summer rash. Heat rash is one of the most common types of summer rashes. While typically harmless and temporary, heat rash can be very uncomfortable. In fact, heat rash (also called miliaria rubra) is known for its prickly sensation. This type of rash often includes small red bumps and itchiness that develop on the face, neck, under the breasts, under the scrotum and other places on the body that are prone to excessive sweating.

What Causes Heat Rash?

Despite what you may think, heat rash is not caused directly from the sun. Instead, it is a sweating issue. When your sweat glands get blocked, your perspiration is caught deep within the layers of your skin, which leads to inflammation, redness, irritation and blister-like lesions. Sweat glands can become blocked due to bacteria or dead skin cells.

Summer isn’t the only time you can get heat rash. Any environment that causes you to sweat more can put you at risk for heat rash, including tropical climates, warm bedding at night, sitting too close to the fire/heater during the winter and even certain medications.

Who Is Affected?

Heat rash is often associated with babies and young children because their sweat glands are still in the process of fully developing. This prickly rash can also affect adults who sweat easily as well as people who are overweight.

How is Heat Rash Treated?

Most cases of heat rash dissipate on their own. Cooling your skin is the best way to relieve your symptoms and encourage the rash to go away. However, over-the-counter topical antibacterials can also be an effective treatment.

When to See a Dermatologist?

If your heat rash is lasting several weeks, this may lead to additional complications, such as limiting your body’s ability to sweat properly as well as developing secondary infection or abscesses. When you are not getting relief from your heat rash despite antibacterial agents, or if you notice open blisters, it is time to consult a dermatologist for more aggressive treatment.

At Olansky Dermatology, we treat all types of skin rashes. We are also experts at diagnosing those summer rashes or skin problems that you don’t understand. If you are unsure if you or your child has a heat rash or something more serious, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Your family deserves comfortable and healthy skin all summer long!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

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I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

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Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

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I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.