Is Regular Exercise Important For People With Prickly Heat?

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Hi 363dottae,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Prickly heat, or in medical science known as miliaria, occurs when the sweat gland ducts in the skin become blocked, triggering inflammation. Prickly heat is more common in areas of the body that contain a lot of sweat glands and often experience pressure, including between the fingers, elbow creases, and neck as you have experienced. Depending on the type, prickly heat can be characterized by watery nodules (miliaria crystallina), reddish nodules (miliaria rubra), purulent nodules (miliaria pustulose), or even fairly large bumps (miliaria profunda).


Before determining the treatment and its relation to exercise as you said, it needs to be clarified first, have you ever had your complaint checked by a doctor? Did the doctor who diagnosed you have prickly heat? If not, then you should avoid making premature conclusions regarding your complaint. Because, there are many other conditions that can also give rise to a clinical appearance similar to prickly heat, such as scabies (scabies), cutaneous candidiasis, tinea corporis, contact dermatitis, folliculitis, impetigo, chickenpox, and so on. Each of these conditions certainly has a different trigger and treatment. Therefore, you should first check your complaints to the doctor.


If it is true that your complaint is caused by prickly heat, then this condition can indeed be triggered by excessive sweat production, including due to strenuous activities, such as exercising. However, it is not the type of exercise that is the problem here, but rather the handling of the excessive sweating. Excessive sweat production, as long as it doesn't accumulate in the skin for a long time, is very less likely to cause prickly heat. Therefore, it is still good for you to do any type of exercise, but make sure your personal hygiene is maintained, the way is:

Wear clean, comfortable, and not too tight clothes when exercising
Always take a shower and wash your hands and feet after every exercise
Avoid wearing clothes that are exposed to a lot of sweat for too long
Avoid exchanging towels or clothes with other people

If then a rash that feels itchy like prickly heat appears, you can sprinkle salicylic powder on the rash as an initial treatment. However, if your complaints don't improve, don't hesitate to go to the doctor right away.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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