4 Most Common Summer Rashes for Children and Adults

It’s challenging every new season we get into. While you may think that winter flu troubles are gone, well, as your kids become more active during summer, so is the need to continuously shield their skin against the environment around them. Red rashes and itchy patches are the commonest reasons why parents with kids visit doctors during summer. Since their skin is sensitive, it can be irritated by external factors or internal body health conditions. It saves a lot to understand different skin rashes and how to prevent them.

Common Skin Rashes in Children and Adults

  • Heat Rash

    Heat rash or prickly heat occurs when young kids sweat excessively, which leads to clogging of the skin pores. Heavy clothing or bundling of babies often results in trapping sweat underneath the skin, which in turn causes tiny red bumps. If you notice your child feeling uncomfortable or constantly scratching covered areas of the skin, then heat rash could be to blame. It is common to observe heat rash on the back, but they can also cause extreme itchiness on areas around the neck and chest.

  • Hives

    This is a skin allergy due to infections, insect bites and stings or a reaction to medicines, characterized by conspicuous and circular welts. Depending on the extent of the allergic reaction, hives can be localized as in the case of direct skin contact with the allergen, or widespread, where the body becomes intolerant to infections or ingested allergen. Use insect repellent, unscented soaps and dull clothes whenever you’re spending outdoors with your children to avoid attracting harmful insects. Although hives are harmless, your children might need an antihistamine to calm itchy skin.

  • Atopic Dermatitis

    Reduced moisture may trigger a chronic form of Eczema known as atopic dermatitis that leaves the skin red, dry and scaly. Perfumes and strong soaps can escalate the irritation of the skin, so it’s better to avoid them. Cover the affected area of your child’s skin with breathable clothing and trim his nails to discourage him from scratching, as it may lead to aggravation an infection. Most importantly, it is recommended to see a dermatologist or pediatrician to identify other triggers and recommend the effective medication.

  • Poison Ivy

    Children playing outside can come into contact with skin-irritative plants such as poison oak or poison ivy. It can be very unfortunate for your kid to experience intense itchiness of the skin that will lead to development of rashes, swelling and blisters. What’s even worse is that the leaves of the plant release chemicals that increase the hypersensitivity of the skin to sunlight. For skin rash treatment, wash off the plant’s gel and chemicals from the clothes and affected skin with soap and water. To cut down on itching, 1% hydrocortisone cream can help alleviate skin inflammation.

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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