How to Resolve a Running-Related Heat Rash





Summer rashes are a problem for many people, runners included. Combining the heat of summer with the heat of exercise can make rashes worse.

Pollen allergens pick up in the spring and disappear when in winter. For those with allergy associated skin problems, summer can be problem, especially if you have dry skin. Keeping your allergies in check with antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors should help to reduce a skin reaction.

If you are sweating heavily, your sweat pores can become blocked causing millaria or prickly heat. These show up as very small red bumps usually on the neck, upper back, and chest, and especially on areas where clothing rubs on the skin. Unfortunately, this is a tough one to avoid if you are susceptible and run in the summer. Loose clothing or a different neck line may help. Applying aluminum chlorhydrate containing antiperspirants to the affected areas might also work to reduce the sweating. A cool shower immediately after exercise may also help. If it gets really bad, you may have to alternate outdoor and indoor air-conditioned exercise sessions.

If you cannot get the rash under control, see your personal physician who may recommend you make an appointment with a dermatologist.

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