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Don’t Let Infections Rain On Your Skin This Monsoon!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

During the early monsoon, humidity in India is very high!

Our skin naturally has several tiny micro-organisms. The local skin temperature and environmental humidity are most conducive to the growth of microorganisms in early monsoon. In addition, in people who suffer from diseases like type 2 diabetes or any condition which lowers immunity, there is a higher risk of infection when the humidity in the atmosphere rises, particularly during the monsoon season. Therefore it is essential to take extra care of our skin health this season too.

Monsoon Infections

Rashes and itching in the region of skinfolds can be caused by skin-on-skin friction, which can increase due to moisture. Such inflammation is bothersome in obese adults as well as children. Also, such inflammation can occur in natural body folds. Inflammation of the skin due to increased moisture or humidity in the environment further increases the risk of infections. Hence, it is essential to reduce moisture in the skin/skin folds using appropriate measures. For eg., Powders are absorptive.

Pay additional attention to personal hygiene measures like regular bath, hand hygiene with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand rub, and trimming nails. Avoid overcrowded places, avoid reuse of essentials or sharing of personal items for example towels etc. If one is physically very active or travels a lot, it is important to shower well and pat dry the body especially the skin folds, and space between fingers and toes thoroughly.

When the temperature drops and the humidity falls, your skin looks out for hydration. Cold weather can lead to cracks in the outer layers of your skin, inflammation and a general lack of moisture.

The dryness can lead to a build-up of excess dry skin, which is likely to clog your pores, and cause your skin to break out or flare up, regular exfoliation and milky lotions have shown to be beneficial in such situations.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

To reduce the risk of foot infections, it is advisable to –

  • wear open-toed shoes
  • Do not wear footwear if damp/wet
  • Use a pair of freshly washed and dried socks every time
  • Wash and dry your feet after coming back home

Monsoon and resulting decrease in temperature cause increase in sebum production, clogging of pores and can cause acne, folliculitis. Incidence of rashes increases with the onset of monsoon because fall in temperature with humid weather causes pollen grains to burst open releasing pollen allergens into the air.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

To reduce the risk of skin infections

  • Consider wearing light and absorbent clothing.
  • Avoid tight clothes and garments made of wool and synthetic fibres.
  • Wear clothes only after drying them well

If one already has some wound, it is essential to watch for infection since moisture increases the risk. Medical advice should be sought.

Children are easily affected by the moisture and dampness in the monsoons. They are more prone to infections. Here is how you can keep children healthy in monsoons. If you have waded through monsoon waters, you are vulnerable to Leptospirosis. Read here how to avoid it.

Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.

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