I hope you’re all enjoying the warm weather. I’m enjoying it but it hasn’t been kind to me as it has brought me out in the worst heat rash I’ve ever had.
I have had heat rash off and on since I was a child but usually only on my arms or the back of my neck and if I can cool down enough to give myself goosebumps then it will go down and not bother me any more that season. However, this rash came up midweek when the weather warmed up. I recognised it on my chest as soon as I woke up so I had a cool shower, let myself drip dry, have been wearing cool cotton clothing, I have a massive fan beside the bed at night, am sleeping under the summer duvet with arms and legs out, have the window open etc etc. All the usual things that keep me cool and usually work.
This heat rash has got worse every day, is very itchy, and is now covering the whole of my trunk, groin, thighs, feet, arms, shoulders - in fact so far the only bits of me not covered in heat rash are my shins and calves. This morning I thought I would take an antihistamine but thought I had better check I can take it with all the other meds so was checking the info leaflets for them and there was a warning on the amitriptyline about an itchy skin rash. I thought I would have reacted long before now if I was going to but all the same I decided I needed to see my GP because I’ve never had the rash this bad before. To make matters worse it’s now progressed up my neck and onto my face and my son wants to print my photo in the paper where he is a trainee journalist as I am holding my Cake Break at work on Friday. Aargh, not with this blotchy skin!!
My GP confirmed it is just heat rash, albeit the worst I’ve ever had. He says I’m doing all the right things but gave me some moisturising cream to apply which he says to keep in the fridge so it’s cool and soothing when I apply it. He also promised me some cooler weather by the end of the week
So please wish me luck because when I go to bed (probably under a very light sheet now that I’m even more itchy today), I’m hoping to wake up and find the rash subsiding. The urge to scratch is hard to resist although I’ve been very good so far …
I also need to bake cakes every afternoon this week (near a hot oven!! ) in readiness for Friday’s Cake Break and when I do get to bed I really don’t need to lie awake itching for an hour each night. I think I may need to buy another can of Cool Spray because I used a fair bit last night …