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Children worst affected by cut in utilities.

Dubai: Children of about 25 families of the villa in Mankhool area are the worst affected by the cut in utilities. Many have fallen prey to heat rash.

Also known as heat rash, or miliaria, prickly heat is an itchy and red skin rash which often causes a stinging, or prickling, sensation. It often occurs when you sweat more than usual, which is usually due to a hot or humid climate.

Excessive sweating can cause your sweat glands to become blocked, which can trap sweat underneath your skin. This causes irritation and results in a red rash developing. Babies and children are more likely to be affected by prickly heat than adults because their sweat glands are underdeveloped.

People who are overweight, or sweat easily, are more likely to get prickly heat. The rash can occur anywhere on your body, but most commonly affects the places which are covered by clothing.

To avoid heat rash: stay out of the heat and humidity - try to spend some time in the shade.

Being exposed to heat will only make you sweat more, and could make your rash worse. Wear loose cotton clothing. Avoid wearing synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester, because they trap heat more easily than natural fibres. Keep your skin cool.

Taking a cool bath, or shower, will help prevent sweating and will also soothe your skin. Calamine lotion can be used if your skin feels sore and irritated. It will help cool and soothe your skin. You can buy it at most pharmacies.

If you are in doubt about what to do, consult a doctor, clinic or pharmacy, according to UK National Health Service website.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jul 26, 2008
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