Friday, April 9, 2010

Prickly Heat

It's summer in the Philippines. People are trying to find ways to cool off, be it swimming, ice cold drinks, or just chilling out with the air conditioner at the max setting.

Prickly Heat (bungang araw in tagalog), know medically as Miliaria, is a common problem during the heat of summer. Prickly Heat are tiny bumps on the skin that look like rashes. Prickly Heat is caused by clogged sweat glands that result to bumps filled with fluid.

To prevent prickly heat, take a bath everyday, avoid sun exposure, and wear light, loose clothing.

The signs are a prickly sensation (hence the prickly heat), and the bumps that look like rashes. It can be treated by cleaning the skin then applying corn starch or baking soda powder.

SOURCE: DOH

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