Treatment for sweat rash

A sweat rash is commonly known as prickly heat, which is a common problem that affects most people in the summer months. A sweat rash can also be a result of an imbalance in the natural yeast Candida, caused by excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, exercise and those of a bigger build may also suffer from a sweat rash during non-summer months due to an imbalance of the Candida yeast.

What causes a sweat rash?

A sweat rash is caused by the sweat glands becoming blocked with bacteria and dead skin cells, which prevents the glands from emptying fully, causing sweat to become trapped under the skin. Candida, a natural occurring yeast living on your skin, is also a culprit in the formation of sweat rashes, which happens after an imbalance has been created, due to exercise, tight clothing or excessive sweating. Sweat rashes are often very itchy and they usually present as collections of small red bumps on the skin.

Treatment for sweat rashes

It is beneficial to treat a sweat rash as quickly as possible, as it will only get worse the longer you leave it and can also spread to other areas. Topical cream is the best way to treat sweat rashes and Hydrocortisone usually clears rashes up quickly and eases the itching. If your symptoms persist, arrange to see your doctor.

Preventing sweat rashes

If you have managed to get rid of a sweat rash, follow these tips to help prevent the rash from returning:

  • Keep the skin dry; you can use talcum powder for this.
  • Avoid man-made fibres and tight clothing.
  • Use separate towels for the affected area and the rest of your body.
  • Wash your hands after touching the affected area.