What Are Summer Rashes

There are a lot of skin conditions that become a lot more problematic as the summer season approaches. There are some autoimmune diseases like rosacea that can be triggered by the humidity and the heat during these summer months.

Another example is atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. This disease is genetically based that flares up on the folds of the skin located on the arms, legs and neck during the summer. It manifests as red, itchy inflamed patches of skin. Allergic skin conditions like hives or welts are also more prevalent in the summer as more and more people tend to stay outdoors for longer periods of time. These are characterized by their itchy, raised bumps that come from being exposed airborne allergens or from insect bites. Plants like poison ivy and mosquitoes are one of the few causes of welts. In severe cases, there might be some blistering that could take weeks to resolve. The sun’s heat can also contribute to the production of certain fungi and bacteria on your skin. This coupled with friction from moving about can cause rashes on the folded areas of your skin.

To avoid getting summer rashes, try to avoid direct exposure to the sun’s heat as much as possible. This also minimizes sweating and can prevent certain substances from clinging onto your damp skin, and also prevents bacteria and fungi from forming. If you do plan to go outside a lot this summer, remember to use sunscreens and moisturizers. Spraying yourself with insect repellents can also help you avoid getting swarmed by pesky insects like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas.

If you do develop a rash or a skin condition this summer, please contact your dermatologist for an appointment to evaluate it and to make sure it’s nothing more serious than just a rash.

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