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Heat Rash and Sunburn

HEAT CONTINUES TO BAKE KANSAS AND THE TRI STATE AREA.  THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ILLNESSES THAT CAN COME ABOUT DUE TO THE EXTREME HEAT.  HEAT RASH IS A SKIN IRRITATION CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE SWEATING DURING HOT, HUMID WEATHER. IT CAN OCCUR AT ANY AGE BUT IS MOST COMMON IN YOUNG CHILDREN.   HEAT RASH LOOKS LIKE A RED CLUSTER OF PIMPLES OR SMALL BLISTERS. THE BEST TREATMENT FOR HEAT RASH IS TO PROVIDE A COOLER, LESS HUMID ENVIRONMENT. KEEP THE AFFECTED AREA DRY. DUSTING POWDER MAY BE USED TO INCREASE COMFORT.  TREATING HEAT RASH IS SIMPLE AND USUALLY DOES NOT REQUIRE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. OTHER HEAT-RELATED PROBLEMS CAN BE MUCH MORE SEVERE.   SUNBURN SHOULD BE AVOIDED BECAUSE IT DAMAGES THE SKIN. ALTHOUGH THE DISCOMFORT IS USUALLY MINOR AND HEALING OFTEN OCCURS IN ABOUT A WEEK, A MORE SEVERE SUNBURN MAY REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION.  SYMPTOMS OF SUNBURN ARE WELL KNOWN: THE SKIN BECOMES RED, PAINFUL, AND ABNORMALLY WARM AFTER SUN EXPOSURE.  CONSULT A DOCTOR IF THE SUNBURN AFFECTS AN INFANT YOUNGER THAN 1 YEAR OF AGE OR IF THESE SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT:  FEVER, FLUID-FILLED BLISTERS, SEVERE PAIN ALSO, REMEMBER THESE TIPS WHEN TREATING SUNBURN, AVOID REPEATED SUN EXPOSURE. APPLY COLD COMPRESSES OR IMMERSE THE SUNBURNED AREA IN COOL WATER.  APPLY MOISTURIZING LOTION TO AFFECTED AREAS. DO NOT USE SALVE, BUTTER, OR OINTMENT. DO NOT BREAK BLISTERS.