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How do you tell the difference between heat rash and rosacea?

How do you tell the difference between heat rash and rosacea?

Rosacea: "heat rash" generally occurs on the body in warm or flushed skin. Rosacea occurs on the face and is generally independent of skin temperature, though it may appear more red when warm. A dermatologist can help with diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

Heat Rash (Definition)

The medical term is miliaria. A heat rash is a skin irritation that typically occurs during hot or humid weather. It results when sweat ducts are blocked, and sweat builds up under the skin. Symptoms of a heat rash include small red bumps and vesicles that ...Read more


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How can I tell the difference between heat rash, and a reaction to taking Aleve (naproxen). Do either require medical attention?

How can I tell the difference between heat rash, and a reaction to taking Aleve (naproxen). Do either require medical attention?

Not enough info: As to skin rashes, seeing IS believing. I recommend that, if you can't get in to see your own doctor, you go to an urgent care center for evaluation. Alternatively, you could do a Virtual Consult with one of our doctors. You would need to do an audiovisual consult and upload a picture of the rash. The urgency depends on the severity of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a heat rash and an allergic reaction?

How can you tell the difference between a heat rash and an allergic reaction?

Rash v Allergies: Heat rash develops when your sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under your skin. Symptoms range from superficial blisters to deep, red lumps. Some forms of heat rash can be intensely itchy or cause a prickly feeling. Heat rash usually goes away on its own. Allergic reactions go away with removal of the allergen and return when re-introduced. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

ECZEMA /HEAT RASH: Eczema is a chronic skin condition and often needs moisturisering the skin and may need some mild steroid cream locally. Presents with dry scaly patches and rash and can be mild and in some cases severe
heat rash is a mild self limiting skin rash which clears up by itself and does not require any treatment except avoiding excessive heat to reduce sweating. In very severe cases you may use steroid. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heat rash and sun poisoning rash?

What is the difference between heat rash and sun poisoning rash?

Heat rash: Heat rash occurs in the folds of the skin such as waist, underarms, etc. Sun poisoning or sensitivity is just that, more related to direct contact with sunshine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heat rash and poison ivy?

What is the difference between heat rash and poison ivy?

Vast: Ivy dermatitis is an allergic reaction present only on areas exposed to the sap of the plant. Itching is intense and blisters are common. Ivy dermatitis shows lines and patterns. Heat rash is diffuse and symmetrical. It is much less itchy. Blisters are not usually present. ...Read more

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Difference between heat rash and allergic reaction on face?

Difference between heat rash and allergic reaction on face?

Rash: Heat rash usually causes overall redness and small bumps. Allergic reaction causes hives and skin swelling. Don't self diagnose, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heat rash, heat stroke and sun poisoning?

What is the difference between heat rash, heat stroke and sun poisoning?

All quite different.: Heat rash (or prickly heat, or miliaria) is the rash produced when heat causes your sweat glands to plug up. Heat stroke is the overheating of your entire body when you spend too much time in a hot environment, become dehydrated, and can't produce enough sweat to cool your body. Sun poisoning is just another name for a bad sunburn. ...Read more

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What is the difference between baby heat rash and baby eczema?

What is the difference between baby heat rash and baby eczema?

Time and cause: Heat rash is caused by sweating and occurs frequently on the neck and back. Eczema is due to sensitive and sometimes allergic skin conditions and is a chronic condition. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell difference in heat rash and yeast infection?

How to tell difference in heat rash and yeast infection?

Smell and pattern: Yeast infections are usually bright red with little red dots at the outside border. Heat rashes are much more diffuse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heat rash and an allergic reaction?

What is the difference between a heat rash and an allergic reaction?

Caused by heat: Heat rash is caused by heat. It has a variety of presentations, most common being red bumps with small vesicles that are easily ruptured. Contact dermatitis is extremely itchy and is localized to areas that are exposed to the offending agent. It is always red and swollen and sometimes has small vesicles with the affected area. ...Read more

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Genital herpes or heat rash, what is the difference?

Genital herpes or heat rash, what is the difference?

Herpes: Genital herpes is a rash that is caused by a viral infection, which is communicable (contagious), generally by intimate contact. A heat rash refers to irritation of the skin from a combination of moisture and heat. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son has heat rash or chicked pox?

How can I tell if my son has heat rash or chicked pox?

Location: Chicken pox should be spread over the entire body whereas a heat rash will only occur where the skin became too hot/moist. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can get rid of heat rash?

Can I tell me how I can get rid of heat rash?

Cool down: Cool down. Loose clothing to allow skin to breathe. Barrier to keep skin from rubbing ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of my heat rash?

Can you tell me how to get rid of my heat rash?

Need to see it: But you can try corn starch and desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) to start with and make appointment to see dermatologist ...Read more

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How to tell a heat rash from an allergic reaction rash?

More localized: Allergic rash often hive or welt like may be more diffus, heat rash in warmest areas, groin, axilla, flexor creases. ...Read more

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Shingles or heat rash, how can I tell?

Shingles or heat rash, how can I tell?

Pain: Shingles do not cross the midline of the body and are usually painful. Heat rash is never painful but may be itchy. ...Read more

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Shingles verses heat rash, how can I tell?

Very different: Shingles presents with painful blisters on a red base, in a linear band on one side of the body or face...Nothing like heat rash. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to get rid of eczema/heat rash?

Can someone tell me how to get rid of eczema/heat rash?

Lotion/steroids: Frequent cool water baths, immediate ointment or lotion and additional steroid creams. ...Read more

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What to do if I can't tell if I have heat rash or an allergic reaction. Help!?

What to do if I can't tell if I have heat rash or an allergic reaction. Help!?

Better description: A heat rash is an unspecific term but presumably related to heat. How long does it stay with you after the exposure and whether it itches or not is another issue we need to know. Also we need to know the time of onset of the rash after sun exposure. In general, an allergic reaction is often accompanied by itching. Regardless, the prudent answer is avoid the exposure. Sunscreen tried yet? ...Read more

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I am breaking out with hives all over my body. How can you tell if it is bites, heat rash, or hives?

I am breaking out with hives all over my body. How can you tell if it is bites, heat rash, or hives?

Yes: Yes to all since the description is so vague. Perhaps you can attach a picture and tell us how long have you had this problem ...Read more

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How can u tell if u have heat rash or can u have yeast infection all over your body? & what's the symptoms or how does it look?

How can u tell if u have heat rash or can u have yeast infection all over your body? & what's the symptoms or how does it look?

See a doctor: Trying to describe a rash is very difficult when using that to try and determine a cause. It would be inordinately rare to see a yeast infection produce a rash all over your body. But the best thing to do is have a doctor examine this. ...Read more

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My 3 month old grandaughter has red rashes on her tummy and its weeping. How to treat it and is it heat rash?

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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How can I identify if my baby has heat rash or eczema? Her rashes are red and its flaky on her face, because of dryness her cheek has a small cut now.

How can I identify if my baby has heat rash or eczema? Her rashes are red and its flaky on her face, because of dryness her cheek has a small cut now.

Eczema: Rashes with dry looking, flakes, itchy are likely to be eczema. Heat rash are pinpoint red rash. For eczema you need a good moisturizer. ...Read more

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What is a heat rash?

What is a heat rash?

Fine red rash: Medical term -- miliria rubra. Fine red bumps all over sweaty areas, with sometimes burning, tingling or itching. Also called prickly heat. ...Read more

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What is a heat rash?

What is a heat rash?

Heat rashes occur: Heat rashes occur, and are not uncommon. Sometimes it's related to sweating a lot, with or without "blocked" sweat glands or oil glands. Other times it's related to sports equipment friction, bacteria, moisture, etc... Being in a hot tub can lead to a "hot tub" rashes. Rashes are difficult to describe in words, so it is best to have a doctor look at a rash. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more