Hot temperatures, rainy weather set stage for skin problems

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DENVER -- Our high temperatures and stormy weather set the stage for common skin problems such as heat rash.

The condition is known by most moms as “prickly heat.”

It is caused when sweat glands become blocked and cause a red rash that can consist of raised dots on the head, neck and chest, although other areas may be affected.

Dr. Rafer Leach, medical director of Guardian Urgent Care, says kids can be  especially  susceptible to heat related skin problems and adds that babies need to be watched closely,

“They do have a lot of fat tissue to insulate them. Also they are over-clothed. A baby will be brought in with a fever; they'll be in a blanket and have socks and a hoodie on. The best thing to do in the summer is dress them as adults would dress.”

Babies can't tell you if they're getting too hot, so check them while they're sleeping in their crib and while they’re tucked inside their stroller.

Remember, car seats can get pretty warm, so it's important to avoid over-dressing your child. Hats are great to protect their skin from the sun, but the material should be light and breathable.

Dr. Leach says while it’s important to have your child dressed the right way for hot weather it's also important to dress them with some sun protection and adds, “Solar radiation UV rays -- it's so damaging to the skin.”

While some rashes clear up on their own with over-the-counter skin creams, it's a good idea to check with a doctor to make sure you receive the right treatment.

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