Athletes are particularly susceptible to prickly heat, otherwise known as heat rash, or milaria rubra. Prickly heat is a superficial skin irritation characterized by red skin, small bumps, and a feeling of itchiness or discomfort. Prickly heat occurs when heat and sweating are excessive. It is most often found on the body in areas where the clothing is tight or occlusive. Because most athletes are predisposed to heavy sweating and often need to wear tight clothing for uniforms or to reduce air friction, they are afflicted by prickly heat ...

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