Do you have itchy skin? Expert Shares Common Problems Caused by Monsoons and How to Manage Them
Each season brings with it a plethora of skin issues.
While in winters he gets chapped lips and dry skin and in summers he gets irritated and sweaty, the monsoon has its own way of ruining the skin. If you too have itchy rashes, you are not alone.
We spoke to Dr. Sonakshi S, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Ara Bengaluru Skin Clinic to find out why these skin problems occur during monsoon and what can be done about it.
She says: “The combination of heat and humidity during the monsoon causes itchy skin or rashes leading to rapid bacterial growth caused by sweating. and it easily happens in areas with folds such as the back of the knees, the inside of the elbows, the space between the toes or fingers, and intimate areas.
Here are four skin conditions that are common during monsoon and tips to fight them:
Skin allergies during monsoons are common. They cause irritation and inflammation. It can be irritating and damage the skin, leading to other problems such as redness, cracking and bleeding.
Pollutants, insect bites and rainwater also increase the risk of allergies. It can cause eczema, which gets worse during the monsoon.
Keep your skin well hydrated, avoid the use of hot water and harsh soaps, use a gentle face and skin cleanser, and make sure your skincare products are alcohol-free, paraben-free, and scent. Check for hormonal deficiencies and imbalances
This fungal infection infects the feet and nails. It can cause blisters, thick yellow patches, itching, cracks on the nails and can be painful. If left unchecked, it can cause bleeding and pain and excessively dry skin during the monsoon season.
It is contagious but can be controlled easily by avoiding walking in the rain or through puddles, wearing shoes that allow your feet to breathe, avoiding wet shoes or socks, keeping your feet as dry as possible and using an antifungal powder before wearing shoes.
It is a fungal infection similar to athlete’s foot. It looks like rings on the skin that are red in color. Treatment should be carried out on the advice of the doctor. Self-medication can be harmful for this contagious infection.
However, wearing cool, light cotton clothes and following hygiene measures like keeping soap and towels separate can help. Meet with a board-certified dermatologist to treat it properly.
Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by parasitic mites known as Sarcoptes Scabieis and results in redness and rashes accompanied by severe itching which is usually worse at night.
If left untreated, it gets worse and worse, causing extreme discomfort. Treatment requires dermatological intervention and checking family members for symptoms and treating them as well.
Keep your skin clean. If you come into contact with rainwater, wash your hands with tap water as soon as you get home and keep your body dry.
Body folds can retain moisture, so be very careful with this. Avoid scratching the contaminated area and wear loose, comfortable cotton clothing instead of synthetic materials in rainy weather.
Keep your body hydrated and drink water at regular intervals. Consult a board-certified dermatologist before self-treating.