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.
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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