During the early monsoon, humidity in India is 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 that 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, 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.
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 fibres.
In case 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.