The Top 5 Summer Rashes

The Top 5 Summer Rashes | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, Phoenix

The Top 5 Summer Rashes

Summertime is the time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family, yet occasionally, summer rashes such as hives and heat rash halt our fun. Summer rashes are made more uncomfortable by the heat and the sun which can also slow the healing time. When you experience one of these summer rashes, it is critical that you receive quality dermatology care and a correct diagnosis to get yourself back to having fun as soon as possible.


The summer heat can cause flare ups and intense itching from eczema rashes. Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that results in dry, irritated skin that needs daily attention and treatment. Eczema patches on the skin are typically dry, thick, and peeling or scale-like. They can have a reddish or pink appearance, or a brown or lightened appearance depending on your skin color. It runs in families and is also associated with asthma and hay fever.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis results from direct contact with an allergic substance or irritant and causes inflammation ranging from redness and itching to open sores. In the summer months, more people are exposed to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac which are the most common causes of contact dermatitis. One out of every two people in the US is allergic to these resins. Other summer causes are flowers, sunburns, and chlorine in pools.

Heat Rash

Heat rashes are common in the summer months due to overheating in the hot sun. Also known as miliaria, prickly heat, and rubra, heat rash results in the skin with intense itching and a stinging, or prickly, feeling. It most often affects areas of the skin that were clothed while you were out in hot and humid weather and appears as red skin with tiny bumps. Heat rash will usually go away in a few days, but there can be complications in severe cases where your body’s heat regulation malfunctions.


Hives, or urticaria, are raised and itchy bumps that are usually from allergic reactions, though they can also arise from unknown, autoimmune, or viral causes. Hives that appear for less than six weeks are typically from an allergy.


The heat and the sun can also have a negative effect on those who suffer from Rosacea which is a chronic skin condition appearing as red flushing, bumps, or pimples on the face. While it is generally a harmless condition, it can be a disturbing cosmetic and psychological issue. While it can affect both sexes, it appears in women three times more than men. There are topical creams and oral medications to help with reducing the inflammation associated with Rosacea.

Get Treatment for Summer Rashes in the Phoenix Area at Spectrum Dermatology

Spectrum Dermatology offers the quickest diagnosis and treatment for summer rashes including eczema, hives, heat rash, contact dermatitis, and rosacea. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400 for a free consultation at one of our 4 offices now open in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ.