Blocked sweat glands are responsible for causing miliaria. Humidity and exposure to intense heat as well as friction from clothes worn can add up to the blockage of the sweat ducts.
The commonly used treatment options for miliaria or heat rash due to blocked sweat glands include cooling of the skin, removal of irritants and application of topical medications to lessen the itchiness and pain.
How to cool the skin
If the individual has blocked sweat glands, the skin requires time to recuperate without causing further irritation. Make sure that the skin can cool down to avoid sweating.
Staying in an airconditioned room or applying a cool compress on the skin can effectively hasten the healing process. Remember that sweating more will only clog the pores and even lead to a fresh case of reddened, blistering and itchy welts.
How to reduce the irritation of rashes from blocked sweat glands
Loose clothing that are made of natural fibers that allows the skin to breathe such as cotton can lessen the amount of sweat released. The synthetic materials such as rayon and polyester do not allow air to circulate and promotes increased sweating.
Wearing less while at home can lessen the friction which can irritate the rash. Cool water should be utilized when washing along with a gentle cleanser to lessen exposure to harsh chemicals.
Dealing with pain and itchiness
The cortisone-based ointments and creams can calm the painful, itchy rash by reducing the inflammation. A doctor must be consulted if there are issues about using over-the-counter drugs on the skin.
In most cases of blocked sweat glands, they eventually resolve with self-care measures and do not require any prescription drugs.