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What Is Prickly Heat?

Description of the disease

Prickly heat is a skin condition characterized by the appearance of red rashes and inflammations, usually caused by excessive sweating.


  • Miliaria rubra
  • Miliaria crystallina
  • Miliaria profunda


Symptoms of prickly heat may include itching, red rashes, skin redness, and blister formation.


Prickly heat usually develops as a result of obstruction and restriction of free sweating, for example, when using synthetic clothing, elevated ambient temperature, or intense physical activity.


Diagnosis of prickly heat is usually based on visual inspection of the skin and discussion of symptoms with a doctor.


Treatment of prickly heat involves the use of anti-inflammatory and anti-itch creams, cooling lotions, as well as avoiding hot and humid conditions.


Prevention of prickly heat includes wearing lightweight, breathable clothing, taking regular baths, using baby powder or special antiperspirants.


For the diagnosis and treatment of prickly heat, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or general practitioner.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.