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Temperature

At times your skin may feel hot when touched, it may be due to an illness (like fever) or environmental situation that increases body temperature.

 

In case of fever, it may be treated with fluids and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Please note the an aspirin shouldn’t be used to treat fever in anyone 17 years or younger.

 

Toddlers, old and/or obese people are vulnerable to dehyderation, which is another reason for hot skin. Hence, It’s important to make sure they consume enough fluids during the day.

Causes of Hot Skin:

  • fever with any infection

  • high environmental temperature, particularly combined with high humidity

  • not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)

  • exercise

  • wearing clothes that are too heavy

  • drinking alcoholic beverages

  • medications such as anticholinergics, diuretics, phenothiazines, neuroleptics and illicit drugs

  • alcohol withdrawal

  • appendicitis, diverticulitis, or other internal infections

  • sweat gland problems

  • chicken pox

  • heat exhaustion

  • heat stroke

  • heat cramps

  • acute hepatitis

  • infectious mononucleosis

  • infective endocarditis

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • sepsis

 

Treatments

It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day. Also, if you become overheated due to the environment or exercise it is advised to stay in a cool and/or shaded place and apply cool wet cloths to their skin and place cool compresses on the groin, neck, and armpit

 

Call a doctor if:

  • the person is vomiting and unable to hold down fluids

  • the skin forms "tents" when pinched and does not return to normal

  • the temperature is over 102 degrees F

 

If you’re showing above symptoms or for more details talk to a VCare skin expert today!