Lifestyle Patient Awareness

Don’t Let Infections Rain on Your Skin this Monsoon!

Monsoon Infections
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During the early monsoon, the humidity in India very high!

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

Inflammation 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 also 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 important to reduce moisture in the skin/skin folds using appropriate measures for eg. Powders which are absorptive in nature.

Pay additional attention to personal hygiene measures like regular bath, hand hygiene with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub, 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.

To prevent inflammation and infection in the feet, it is advisable to wear open-toed shoes.

To prevent skin infections, it is also important to consider wearing light, and absorbent clothing. Avoid tight clothes, and garments made of wool and synthetic fibers.

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

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