Miliaria Medication

Updated: May 24, 2018
  • Author: Nikki A Levin, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goal of treating miliaria rubra and miliaria profunda is to provide symptomatic relief and prevent hyperpyrexia and heat exhaustion. The authors know of no strong evidence indicating efficacy with systemic medications; therefore, topical medications are preferred.  However, case reports of successful treatment of miliaria profunda with oral isotretinoin exist. [29]

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Topical Therapies

Class Summary

Anhydrous lanolin is believed to prevent ductal blockage, allowing sweat to flow to the skin surface. Calamine lotion provides cooling symptomatic relief after miliaria develops.

Lanolin

Lanolin is thought to prevent ductal blockage, allowing sweat to flow to the skin surface.

Calamine lotion (Caladryl)

Calamine lotion provides cooling symptomatic relief after miliaria develops.

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