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Heat rash to dehydration: BEWARE of these 6 summer skin problems

Here are six common summer skin problems, along with their symptoms and precautions.

Heat rash to dehydration: BEWARE of these 6 summer skin problems RKK
First Published Apr 28, 2024, 7:00 AM IST

During the summer months, various skin problems can arise due to increased sun exposure, higher temperatures, humidity, and other factors. Here are six common summer skin problems, along with their symptoms and precautions:


Symptoms: Redness, pain, swelling, and sometimes blisters on sun-exposed skin.

Precautions: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, seek shade during peak sun hours, wear protective clothing and hats, and reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Heat Rash (Prickly Heat)

Symptoms: Small red bumps, itching, and discomfort, often in areas where sweat is trapped, such as the neck, chest, and groin.

Precautions: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing, stay in well-ventilated areas, keep skin cool and dry, and avoid tight-fitting clothing that can trap sweat.

Fungal Infections (Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch)

Symptoms: Redness, itching, burning, and sometimes cracking or peeling skin in warm, moist areas of the body.

Precautions: Keep skin clean and dry, wear clean, breathable socks and underwear, avoid sharing personal items like towels and clothing, and use antifungal powders or creams as directed.

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Bug Bites and Stings

Symptoms: Redness, swelling, itching, and pain at the site of the bite or sting.

Precautions: Use insect repellent containing DEET or other effective ingredients, wear protective clothing, avoid areas with high insect activity, and seek prompt medical attention for severe reactions.

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Symptoms: Profuse sweating beyond what's necessary for regulating body temperature, leading to dampness and discomfort.

Precautions: Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics, stay hydrated, avoid spicy foods and caffeine, use antiperspirants or prescription treatments, and seek medical advice if sweating significantly impacts daily life.


Symptoms: Thirst, dry mouth, dark urine, fatigue, dizziness, and headache.

Precautions: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially in hot weather or during physical activity. Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, eat water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, and seek shade and rest in extreme heat.

By being aware of these common summer skin problems and taking appropriate precautions, you can help protect your skin and maintain your overall health and comfort during the warmer months. If you experience severe or persistent symptoms, consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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