The arrival of spring means ditching your winter sweaters and enjoying time outdoors. However, all that sunshine and nature can come at a cost. Some people might experience an increase in rashes in the spring. Fortunately, by identifying your skin rash and seeking treatment, you can enjoy the season without worry.
Whether you’re lounging in the sun or hiking with friends, it’s helpful to be aware of the most common skin rashes that may occur in spring. This allows you to seek treatment and later take preventative measures. If you notice redness and itching after a day outdoors, it might be one of these common skin rashes:
Heat Rash: You might experience heat rash during a particularly hot and humid day. This rash occurs when the sweat glands clog and block perspiration. You might notice red spots that feel itchy, but be sure to see a doctor if the rash doesn’t clear up, becomes increasingly painful, or if you develop a fever or chills.
Allergy Rashes: While you likely associate seasonal allergies with sneezing and congestion, it’s possible to develop a rash as well. Some people with severe allergies might develop a rash from pollen in the air, as well as from similar particles.
Contact Dermatitis: Most people have experienced some sort of contact dermatitis in their lives, and this type of rash is particularly common in the spring and summer. Contact dermatitis is any type of skin reaction to a substance, such as a plant or cosmetic product. Symptoms typically include redness, blisters, bumps, burning, and swelling.
While the symptoms of rashes can vary, watch out for redness, swelling, pumps, itching, stinging, and hives. Be sure to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction like trouble breathing or severe swelling. Some rashes will go away on their own, but you should consider seeing a dermatologist if you develop rashes often.
A dermatologist can help you get your rashes under control, so you can enjoy time outdoors this season. If your rash is linked to an allergy, the doctor may recommend taking an antihistamine to control your symptoms. Topical creams and ointments can also be effective for soothing the symptoms of contact dermatitis. If you experience heat rash, your dermatologist might recommend cooling off with a cool shower and applying calamine lotion.
While there are some ways to treat rashes after they occur, prevention is also key. Wear protective clothing when working in the yard or hiking. You should also wear loose and lightweight clothing in warm weather and change out of sweaty clothes as quickly as possible. Try to stay diligent about taking your antihistamines. And, of course, call your dermatologist if you have any concerns.
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to get active. But if any rashes occur in the process, the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is here to help. Located in Seal Beach, CA, and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, our skin professionals offer cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology services to support your skin health and well-being. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.