After being in Belize for only three weeks I have already developed a severe case of the heat rash. Sun, surf and warm, humid air does not go very well with fair complexity and sensitive skin.
My husband and I are house sitting a small eco-friendly resort in the Southern part of Belize, to be exact, we are located just off Monkey River Town in the Toledo district. We had been in the country for less than two weeks when my skin started to get covered with tiny red bumps. The heat rash started out on my forearms!
I have had these little bumps on my arms before, like I mentioned earlier, I have sensitive skin. Even a hot, humid early summer day in Northern America can make me break out, but it has never spread past my inner wrists for some reason and it never lasted for more than a day.
This time the heat rash covered about 85% of my body, from my face all the way down to my ankles. The rash on my face looked and felt the worst! My face felt puffy and my skin was burning. I looked and felt horrible!
The heat rash was all over now with little bumps developing on my stomach, my butt and all over my legs. I could feel them whenever I touched my skin and it felt very weird. I really was not itching all that much, only from time to time one spot or another would start to itch a little. I tried very hard not to give in.
I looked at numerous websites like the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and asked several people including a doctor to make sure that this rash was not allergic reaction or what they call a divers rash. They all confirmed that the little red bumps on my skin are a severe case of heat rash.
Here are my tips for treating Heat Rash:
- Stay out of the sun
- Wear loose clothing
- Take cold showers to soothe your skin
- Apply Cortizone cream sparingly
- Take antihistamine pills as needed
I used Cortizone on my face twice a day, gently rubbing in a small amount about the size of a pea. I also rubbed some of the cream on my arms and on my body where the itching was the worst. After two days I started to see improvements. I took several cold showers over the next few days, stayed out of the sun as much as possible and wore only very loose fitting clothes.
Having to deal with a heat rash is no fun when you're on a beach vacation or live in a hot and humid climate. Hopefully with my tips on how to treat heat rash you will be able to stay comfortable and heal in just a few days.