Simple prickly heat may lead to severe skin infection

Children look forward to fun summer outdoor activities. However, a health expert warns that too much sun exposure may cause skin problems.
Date Posted: May 17, 2016

Children look forward to fun summer outdoor activities. However, a health expert warns that too much sun exposure may cause skin problems.

Common skin condition rampant during summer is prickly heat or ‘bungang araw’, which consists of itchy, small, red spots that may cause a stinging sensation on the skin and can affect people of all ages.

“‘Yong Miliaria Rubra [bungang araw], nagka-rash dahil sa tindi ng init ng araw ang siyang nagiging conducive para mairita ‘yong skin natin,” said Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert.

“Sensitibo po ang skin lalo na ang mga bata, pati ang matanda puwede rin magkaroon ng bungang araw,” Salinel added.

Shelove Manuel, a mother, shared that her youngest son started to feel an itchy rash on his back when he started playing outside.

“Mula noong April na nagbakasyon siya paggising sa umaga naglalaro na ng basketball, tapos biglang makati na [ang likod n’ya],” Manuel recalled.

Prickly heat may not be a serious skin problem but it can be very itchy and uncomfortable. Scratching may relieve the itching but it could result to severe skin infection.

To lessen the itch, some people use powder, but Salinel advised people to wear comfortable clothes, to wash hands regularly and to take a bath.

“Antibacterial soap ang gamitin para mas maginhawa ang pakiramdam nila [dahil] mas nawawala ang iritasyon,” Dr. Salinel said.  

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