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Related to miliaria: miliaria pustulosa, miliaria rubra


a cutaneous condition with retention of sweat, which is extravasated at different levels in the skin. Treatment is directed at reducing sweating by reducing the external heat load and avoiding irritating agents and tight clothing. Bland powders may be helpful. Called also prickly heat and heat rash.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


An eruption of minute vesicles and papules due to retention of fluid at the orifices of sweat glands.
Synonym(s): miliary fever (2)
[L. miliarius, relating to millet, fr. milium, millet]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


A condition characterised by multiple vesicles associated with increased heat, moisture and occlusion.
Clinical findings
Pruritus, hypohidrosis, irritability.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Prickly heat Dermatology A condition characterized by multiple vesicles associated with ↑ heat, moisture, occlusion Clinical Pruritus, hypohidrosis may cause irritability and insomnia. Cf Diaper dermatitis.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


An eruption of minute vesicles and papules due to retention of fluid at the orifices of sweat glands.
Synonym(s): miliary fever (2) .
[L. miliarius, relating to millet, fr. milium, millet]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(mil-e-ar'e-a) [L. miliaria, pert. to millet (seeds)]
An inflamed papular or vesicular rash that results from obstruction of the flow of sweat from sweat glands, esp. by occlusive clothing in warm and humid conditions. miliary (mil'e-er?e), adjective


The rash often improves after the patient returns to a cooler climate or the affected area is cooled and dried.

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apocrine miliaria

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miliaria crystallina

A noninflammatory eruption from sweat glands marked by whitish vesicles caused by the retention of sweat in the cornified layer of the skin, appearing after profuse sweating or in certain febrile diseases. Synonym: sudamina

miliaria profunda

A form of miliaria seen almost exclusively in the tropics, frequently following attacks of miliaria rubra. The affected area is covered with pale, firm, painless papules 1 to 3 mm across. These papules do not cause itching.

miliaria rubra

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A prickling skin eruption caused by blockage of sweat gland ducts and due to excessive sweating, especially in unacclimatized people in the tropics. Also known as prickly heat.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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* Deep heat rash (miliaria profundal) is the least common form and is caused by chronically inflamed sweat glands.
Lesions of Miliaria rubra appeared on 2nd to 4th day, while lesions of Periporitis staphylogenes appeared on 3 rd to 4th day of life.
1 presents archaeological research section S01/2011 (barrack IV) from Cohort I Miliaria (Dimensions: 3 x 10 m; Orientation: North-South, drawn at north of the barrack IV next to room C).
In general, treatment for miliaria is conservative and focused on helping to relieve any immediate symptoms.
Su obra "What is life?" (1944/1967), sobre todo, fijo una piedra miliaria en la historia de la ciencia.
In an article published, significantly, in the "Turismo y viajes" section of El Sol, Rivas drew a similar analogy between Melida's "tierno cuidado" and his own, by underscoring the millenary dimension of the product he was about to unveil for his spectators: Seneca's "piedra miliaria de una tradicion de cultura, aspirante a la unidad del mundo, si, pero en la libertad de la conciencia nacional" ("Teatro clasico").
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Problem Morphology Hyperplastic or Squamous cell carcinoma Neoplastic Conditions Inclusion cyst/epidermoid cyst Foreign body reaction Callus Verrucous hyperplasia Disruption of Skin Integrity Wound dehiscence Irritation/abrasion Blister/erosion/ulcer Follicular and Pseudofollicular Folliculitis Inflammation Miliaria rubra Interfollicular Inflammation Eczema craquele Dermatophytosis Allergic contact dermatitis Irritant dermatitis Infection Cellulitis Table 5.
While most people know it as heat rash, it's medical name is miliaria and it's often referred to as prickly heat.