11. Prickly Heat

Miliaria rubra, or more commonly known as “bungang-araw”, is an irritating skin rash common during warm, humid weather. According to Dr. Legaspi, it is the result of obstructed eccrine sweat-glands and can affect people of all ages but are more frequently seen among infants.

Primary treatment, says Dr. Legaspi, would be to apply cold compress on the affected area. Usually, lesions will resolve within a day or two with these measures alone. Some would advocate the use of anhydrous lanolin & medicated powders; however, the particles of these compounds may also block the eccrine ducts and further aggravate the problem. Cases where lesions are compounded by irritation would require consultation with a dermatologist. Usually, prescriptions for topical steroid therapy is given.