How to handle common Skin Problems in summer?
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In the usual course, a heat rash will disappear on its own within a few days. However, as a preventive measure, one can wear light, breathable garments that allow for perspiration to get evaporated. One should also steer clear of heavy creams, make-up or ointments that can end up blocking the sweat ducts. In a few exceptional cases, if the rash lasts for more than three to four days or gets worse with time, one should immediately consult a doctor as it could indicate a bacterial, fungal or viral infection.
One should resist the urge to scratch, as that could worsen the hives, and use OTC antihistamine for relief. It's also recommended to avoid hot showers and body-hugging clothing. If there's no improvement with antihistamines, one should immediately contact the doctor. Left ignored, in some rare cases, hives can blow up into a much serious condition called anaphylaxis. Keep on the lookout for symptoms like dizziness, tongue or face swelling, shortness of breath, tightening of the throat or wheezing.
How to treat Athlete's Foot
OTC antifungal creams like Lamisil and Lotrimin can bring immediate relief and continuous application can clear away the condition. However if the symptoms seem to persist, one may want to visit the doctor for a prescription of antifungal creams/pills.
Treating Yeast infections
OTC medications can offer instant relief, however, a visit to the doctor is highly recommended. This is because sometimes bacterial and fungal infections of the vagina display similar symptoms. However, the treatment medicines would vary. If the problem persists, one is also advised to get a gynecologist's opinion.
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