While summer is synonymous with sun and sand, it can also mean the start of skin rashes season. Remember, working on that golden tan can also have a downside: Spending too much time outside exposed to heat can lead to excessive sweating. And too much sweating is one of the culprits behind developing certain skin rashes, including bungang araw and an-an. (Yikes!)

The good news? You don’t have to put your beach plans on hold. You can sidestep these common skin irritations. Kaycee Reyes, M.D., skin and laser specialist, and the dermatologist behind Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations in Bonifacio Global City gives you the lowdown on how to treat (and avoid!) bungang araw and an-an. 

• intense itching resulting to scratching 
• usually seen as pink to red dots or mounds that occur in large number
• may appear on the trunk or neck but not on the face in adults 

What causes it:
friction on constricting clothes or by clothes that cover up your skin too much not allowing it to breathe properly

• scaly, round
• hyper-pigmented patches (darkening of the skin)  or hypo-pigmented patches
• can appear on the back, chest; and neck; can also appear in the groin and feet 
• red edges
• can be single or multiple patches

What causes it:
heat, sweat, and humidity that can lead to overgrowth and infection

When should you see a doctor? While topical creams are the most commonly used remedies for skin infections, it is best to consult with your doctor before applying anything.  Some medicines may contain combined steroid, which may worsen the situation because of its side effects. Whether you’re dealing with bungang araw or an-an, Dr. Reyes recommends seeing a doctor when there are signs of scalp infections, nail infections, and lesions. Other symptoms that say you need to see a dermatologist (Stat!) are: scratches do not respond to topical treatment; they cover a large area of the body; they take too long to heal.

Photos: Pixabay; Walmart.com edited by Mike Dee

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