Doctors reveal tips for tackling skin allergies during the monsoon for radiant skin
The monsoons are a welcome relief from the summer heat, but even if the temperature drops a few degrees, the humidity and humidity can cause various allergies and itchy skin infections and health experts warn that eczema like Atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis can erupt during monsoons. due to weather changes and humidity disrupting the skin barrier, making it vulnerable to external contaminants. While dancing in the rain can be a lot of fun, the torrential downpour season is a surefire recipe for vague allergies.
The combination of heat and humidity during the monsoon causes itchy skin or rashes resulting in rapid bacterial growth caused by sweating and this easily occurs in areas with creases such as the back of the knees, inside of the elbows, the space between the toes or fingers. and intimate areas. Monsoons also present a real risk of causing mold in places like walls, cabinets or any open surface with direct moisture and more are exposed to dampness which can be a cause of illnesses like sneezing, coughing , eye infection, inflammation, congestion, headaches and rashes common in this climate.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Yuti Nakhwa, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Global Hospital, Parel Mumbai, revealed, “During the monsoon season, excessive humidity in the atmosphere leads to high moisture retention. on the skin, which causes an increase in infections such as fungus. infections on the body. Therefore, one should keep the skin dry, avoid very tight clothes or jeans. Instead, go for loose, lightweight cotton clothes, which would really come in handy.”
She added, “When it comes to the face, too much moisture can increase sweating and the face becomes very greasy. Therefore, to keep the skin clean, use a mild cleanser that will take care of their skin and remove the excess oil and sweat.Which will keep the skin clean and healthy without drying out the skin.Even though it may be cloudy and rainy, don’t forget your sunscreen and moisturize your skin very well using moisturizer Also, sometimes we see an increase in eczema on the skin, so hydration is very important for this.
According to Dr. Raashi Mehta, Consultant Dermatologist at Masina Hospital, Mumbai, bath daily with lukewarm water and mild soap/body wash, avoid perfumes, oatmeal pads and use light moisturizer containing emollients such as liquid paraffin, shea butter, etc. and humectant like glycerin or dimethicone can help lock in skin’s moisture and prevent water loss. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm also increase during monsoons due to humidity and sweat buildup, especially in skin folds. This leads to sometimes uncontrollable itching and the formation of a red ring like rash. Wearing loose, light-colored clothing, taking showers twice a day, and using absorbent powders can help prevent infection, but a visit to a dermatologist is essential for proper treatment.
Due to the increased population of insects during monsoons, especially mosquitoes, allergic reactions mimicking hives through insect bites, increase dramatically during monsoons, especially in young children. Dr Raashi Mehta advised, “Covering exposed areas of the body, applying repellents and sleeping in mosquito nets helps prevent such allergies. Also due to food contamination and increased viral infections, allergies and skin urticaria are commonly seen. Eating home cooked food and avoiding crowded places helps prevent such infections.
Dr Banani Choudhury, Consultant Dermatologist, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, said: “The monsoons are particularly harsh on people with oily skin. This type of skin can experience an outbreak of red, raised bumps. It is common to have watery eyes that itch and become too dry, as well as painful. The season promotes the growth of bacteria on blackheads, turning them into inflamed acne in their own right. During the monsoons in particular one tends to get skin allergies and fungal infections in the coverings like armpits, groins and buttocks and it is important to see a dermatologist to treat these as this can lead to chronic infections.
She recommended: “For the face, use a gentle yet effective medical grade cleanser and avoid touching your face at all times. Wear minimal makeup and avoid using heavy hair products as they allow germs to easily stick to your skin causing infections or various bacteria. Wear loose, breathable clothing and always take a hot shower when you get home, then apply powder to your body. The monsoon season is an excellent time to use a dehumidifier to remove humidity from the home. Also, use cotton bedding and replace it every few days. In this season, using a micellar water on the face in the form of a spray or lotion twice a day helps to remove the sticky feeling on the face and reduce oiliness. Glycolic/salicylic acid facial wipes can also be used once daily to serve the same purpose.