Contributed by- Dr. Drity Vats
Monsoon is the season of lush greens, sweet earthy smell, pleasant wind, long drives, yummy food and everything washed clean. No matter how hard the day, shower of rain acts as a soothing balm to the stress. What can be better than savouring a cup of hot tea on a rainy day?
Although, how much we love the rains, there is no denying the fact that it is also a time of health problems and spread of various allergies and infections. During monsoon there are varying temperature fluctuations and high humidity levels which are the best conditions for breeding of many types of bacteria and fungus.
A lot of infections are associated with monsoon like fungal infections, intertrigo, ringworm, skin rashes and irritation. Sweat and high humidity only adds to the misery; areas like neck, armpits, below the breasts, elbow folds, groin, behind the knee and feet are much more sensitive to skin allergies. Let us stay alert this rainy season and avoid skin problems.
Common Skin Problems In Monsoons
A fungal or bacterial infection of the hair follicle. Our entire body is covered with hair follicles meant to protect us. The interaction between sweat and fungus or bacteria results in skin problem that we know as folliculitis. The red-looking pimple can be really painful and infected with pus. Folliculitis generally occurs in upper back, arms, thighs and scalp area.
Take care and protect your skin from folliculitis by:
- Using antibacterial bathing soaps as it reduces the risk of infection
- Avoid shaving or any kind of hair removal procedure
- Keep the folds of body clean and dry
- Use soothing aloe vera gel or lotion
- Add antiseptic liquid to your bathing water
- Keep your skin dry
- Avoid using damp clothes
Eczema is a skin condition where skin becomes infected, patchy and red in colour. Dry and rough scales on the infected part with severe itching, extreme cases may even develop blisters. It is a contagious form of infection so a lot of care should be taken by those suffering with eczema. The humid and moist weather conditions act as a catalyst in eczema.
Eczema can be dreadful and really uncomfortable. It is best to take care than fall victim to it.
- It should be generally treated by a doctor with medications as soon as diagnosed
- Use a good moisturizer or oil for your scaly skin
- You can try a baby sunscreen too
- Keep your nail well-trimmed and clean
Generally characterized by red ring-shaped inflammation on the skin, hence the name ringworm. It sometimes can be accompanied with minute eruptions on skin and if scratched can lead to oozing. It is a highly contagious fungal infection which sometimes even spreads to the scalp.
Some effective ways to manage ringworm:
- You can start applying apple cider vinegar which has a strong anti-fungal property
- Apply antiseptic cream meant to treat ringworm
- It is best to get it checked by a skin specialist
A monsoon skin infection caused by tiny microscopic mites. These mites hover on the skin for months. They burrow in the skin to lay eggs which causes immense uncontrollable itching which causes redness. It is a highly contagious infection and can spread though clothes, linens, physical contact and by sharing same sitting place as well.
To control this dreadful skin problem, follow:
- It is easily treatable condition and is best to go for an antibiotic course prescribed by the doctor
- To control the spread of scabies, imagine each person at home as a patient and wash their clothes separately
- Sexual contact should be avoided if the person is infected
- To reduce itching, you can use soothing gel of aloe vera or even use calamine lotion
Nail infections & Athletes foot
One can not avoid going out during rains. But, during this season a lot of us fall prey to foot infections. Closed shoes and rain water can be a deadly infection for the skin. Due to nail infection the nails show discoloration, brittleness, and swollen nail beds. In athletes foot the skin becomes red, itchy, cracked added with burning sensation.
There are some tips to feet your feet healthy and how to treat foot infections.
- Avoid wearing closed footwear which keep your feet damp after getting wet
- Try keeping a dust powder in bag which you should apply whenever the feet become dry
- Get a regular pedicure done to keep the hygiene of the feet
A little care can help you stay healthy and enjoy the monsoon season.
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