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Miliaria is endemic in newborn babies and infants in hot and humid regions of the world. It is clinically characterized by minute, clear vesicles on the skin (miliaria crystallina), which may have an erythematous base (miliaria rubra). Occasionally there are small central pustules (miliaria profunda). Miliaria rubra and miliaria profunda represent more severe forms of miliaria crystallina.
Miliaria is observed whenever infants are overdressed or they are not bathed with sufficient frequency in hot weather. Although miliaria does not affect the general health of infants, the vesicles may become secondarily infected.
Treatment consists of adequate ventilation of the skin, frequent bathing and use of drying lotions such as calamine lotion.