Handling heat rash at the gym

Heat rash can be a pain to deal with when working out. Not only does it make the exercising process more uncomfortable, it can strike even when not at the gym.

Heat rash occurs when sweat glands on the surface of the skin become blocked due to excessive perspiration. Sweating is the body’s natural mechanism for cooling itself and when this cannot happen the skin reacts by getting inflamed and a rash eventually appears.

It is usually common in hot and humid places but can appear on anyone’s skin. In a situation where the skin is not allowed to breathe, particularly where there is skin on skin contact like an armpit or under the crease of the breast, a rash can occur and it can be hard to get rid of unless measures are taken to prevent the problem from emerging again.

The number one thing to do would be to exercise in breathable material. Light fabrics that can help absorb sweat or let sweat evaporate naturally from the body would be an optimal choice. Wear loose-fitting clothing that will not exacerbate the inflammation and will make minimal contact with problem areas. It would also be advisable to exercise in areas that have free flow of air like outside or an area of the gym with air conditioning if the outdoors is not an option.

Most of the time the rash will go way on its if the skin is left to cool down but the discomfort caused by a heat rash can be treated with calamine lotion.


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