Living in Plano, Texas, means long summer days, warmth, and sunshine throughout the year. This means that kids and adults will need proper sun protection all year round and that conditions such as heat rash can occur no matter the season. This is why our team at DSA Dermatology educates patients on the signs and symptoms of heat rash to better understand how it develops and how it can be avoided and treated.
What is heat rash?
Our team at DSA Dermatology describes heat rash as a skin condition caused by sweat glands becoming blocked and trapping sweat beneath the skin. It is a common problem in hot and humid climates like in Plano, Texas, but it can occur any time the skin becomes too warm. It is vital that those who are spending extensive time outdoors or in the heat should be diligent about proper sun protection and hydration, as well as taking breaks in a cooled area to avoid heat rash or other problems such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can coincide with heat rash in kids.
What are the symptoms of heat rash?
Heat rash typically appears as red bumps on the skin that may be itchy or prickly. In severe cases, it can cause fever, chills, and a burning sensation in the affected areas of your body. When you notice the signs of heat exhaustion, heat rash, or heat stroke, you need to take action immediately.
What is the best treatment for heat rash in kids?
Treatment for children presenting with heat rash usually involves keeping the affected area cool and dry while avoiding activities that produce excessive sweating. There are several over-the-counter products available to help soothe symptoms of heat rash, such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. If your child is also showing signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a visit to the doctor may be recommended if you cannot get the symptoms to subside.
How can I reduce my child’s risk of developing heat rash?
To reduce your child’s risk of developing heat rash in Plano, Texas, be sure to follow these recommendations from our dermatologists:
- Keep your home cool and comfortable with air conditioning
- Have your child stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids
- Dress your child appropriately for the weather, avoiding long pants and heavy clothing when it is hot outside
- Apply sunscreen liberally and often throughout the day, especially when spending extended time outdoors in the sun
- Take frequent breaks in cool or shaded areas
By following these simple steps, you can help keep your child safe from harm while they enjoy the many activities Plano has to offer throughout the year!
How do I learn more about heat rash and other skin conditions?
At DSA Dermatology of Plano, TX, we work routinely with both children and adults to address a range of dermatological conditions that can affect the skin and body. Call (972) 362-9567 to request an appointment.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.