Several over-the-counter or prescription medications are used to treat heat rash also known as prickly heat, sweat rash, or miliaria rubra.
- Ointments: Ointments like calamine lotions are recommended to treat the symptoms of heat rash, since calamine lotions have a number of benefits for the skin, partly because it contains zinc oxide. It helps treat heat rash by soothing itchiness. Take some calamine lotion in a cotton pad and dab the lotion onto your rash.
- Antihistamines: Over-the-counter antihistamines (topical or oral) can relieve the itching associated with heat rash. You need to consult a pediatrician or ask a pharmacist if you are using it for your child.
- Steroid creams: Hydrocortisone cream, a type of corticosteroid, may be used to help relieve symptoms of heat rash. It can be applied once or twice a day to soothe itching.
While you can use it short-term on your baby’s skin, don’t apply it under the diaper. It could further irritate the skin.
Small, inflamed blister-like bumps and itching or prickling in the affected area,Deep, inflamed lumps,Rash is mainly found on the neck, shoulders, chest, armpits, elbow creases and groin
Miliaria crystallina,Miliaria rubra,Miliaria pustulosa
Calamine lotions,Over-the-counter antihistamines,Corticosteroids (Hydrocortisone cream)