6 Hacks To Keep Skin Infections Away This Monsoon
Apart from the cold and flu, the monsoon season is a time when there is a sharp rise in the number of skin infections. Taking some necessary steps can help avoid them. Read on to know more.
By Dr Shuba Dharmana
During the monsoon season, the rains and increased humidity in the air can lead to many diseases and infections. It is the season when the sudden change in weather causes the skin to behave in an unpredictable manner. In fact, skin allergies and infections are more common during this time because of the rise in humidity. You need to take extra care of your skin as it may be prone to fungal infections, rashes and blisters. Children are also at risk of skin-related infections.
Some of the common skin infections that are seen during monsoons include:
Athlete’s foot: Occurs when the feet are exposed to dirty water for a long period. If you contract the infection, soak the infected feet in a bucket of water, in which a few spoons of vinegar have been added. This will help get rid of this infection. Keep your feet dry at all times.Carry an extra pair of slippers or shoes during the rainy season.
Ringworm: Is a skin infection that is characterised by the appearance of ring-like bumps on the neck, the soles of the feet, and the armpits. It can be treated with anti-fungal cream or powder.
Eczema: Is characterised by itching and bleeding of the skin. Due to the damp weather during the monsoon, the condition is aggravated. This infection can be treated by applying salt and magnesium on the infected areas.
But, is there a way we can keep skin infections at bay?
To begin with, if we recognise the needs of the skin in the monsoon season, we will be able to understand how to protect it from any harmful effects and enjoy the season.
It is important to realise that humidity levels and increased moisture content in the air can spell disaster for the skin. Sweat and humidity clog the pores and cause acne breakouts, causing much irritation. Excessive moisture can also lead to skin infections.
6 hacks to keep skin infections at bay:
- Swap your regular moisturiser for a lightweight serum or lotion which will not clog pores. Serums with hyaluronic acid are best suited for oily skin as they do not block pores. Even individuals with dry skin people, who regularly use thicker moisturising creams may need to swap their moisturiser with a serum or a water-based lotion. This will help with acne problems.
- If you get drenched in the rain, wash and wipe away excess water immediately. Moisture retained in the skin folds like between toes, in the groin and armpits etc., is a breeding ground for yeast and fungal infections. Avoid wearing wet socks. Stay dry always.
- Ensure that there are proper waste disposal systems at home. Food should be kept covered to avoid infestations. Drink boiled and cooled water. Drainage systems should be covered. Use mosquito nets, patches, repellents, etc.
- Whenever you are travelling in trains or buses, cover your nose if facing the window and carry a hand sanitiser. Children should be taught to wash hands and feet well before sitting down to eat. Avoid sending them in playgroups where there are sick children. Always sneeze into a hand tissue and cover your nose and mouth whilst sneezing in public.
- Avoid eating outside; at home, rinse your vegetables and fruits well with vinegar added to water, to wash away germs and fertilisers. Eating contaminated vegetables and fruits can also lead to skin irritation. Give your children healthy monsoon foods.
- Avoid using public pools and sharing towels in the monsoon. Germs and bacteria can stay behind in a used towel. Reuse of the towel may cause skin infections.
If you have bronchial issues, asthma or are above 60 years of age, check with your doctor if you can have your annual flu vaccine. This vaccine will reduce the intensity and duration of the flu; All these measures will help keep skin infections at bay during the monsoon season.
Dr Shuba Dharmana is a Dermatologist, Lejeune Medspa.
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