Spring is in full swing, and it will be summer before we know it. Though summer might mean the end of cold and flu season, there are still some seasonal health issues you’ll want to be prepared for, such as rashes.
With increased activity and more time spent outdoors, your exposure to certain elements can increase your chances of skin rashes. If you find yourself with sudden skin irritation, here’s what you’ll want to know:
A heat rash occurs when sweat gets trapped beneath the skin. It often appears as blisters or red bumps. The most common locations are in skin folds or anywhere that your clothing could cause friction. The best way to combat and prevent heat rash is to wear light and breathable clothing, especially in extreme heat.
Plant Based Rashes
Oak, ivy, and sumac all contain a toxin named urushiol. Anywhere between 12 to 72 hours from touching any of these three plants can leave the area of your skin red, itchy, and swollen (often blisters will follow). Anything that comes in contact with the plant can spread the toxin—from clothing to gardening tools. It’s important to wash with soap and water if you notice that you’ve come in contact with any of these plants.
Stings and Bites
Summer months bring out the bees and bugs, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors because of it. If you know you have a severe reaction to bee stings, be sure to always have medication on hand. Avoid wearing vibrant clothing and using strong fragrances. When outdoors, consistently apply bug spray to help prevent bugs from coming your way.
If you do get stung, you’ll want to ice the area immediately for 10 to 20 minutes. Calming creams can help both stings and bites from itching, and if it’s your first time getting stung, watch closely for a reaction.
Look For Allergic Reactions
With all rashes, keep a close eye on its healing and try to avoid scratching as it can lead to infection. If you are unsure of what caused your rash or you believe it might be infected, visit The Campbell County Medical Group Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming.
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