Monsoon alert: Patients warned against skin problems, fungal infections

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD

One of the side-effects of monsoon, besides waterlogging, is the health hazards such as fungal allergies and parasitic infections the rain brings with it.
Patients, mostly children between age group of 4-10, suffering from allergies and fungal infections account for around 20% skin and dermatological ailment at the hospitals.
Taking adequate precautions are one of the best ways to avoid monsoon related ailments.
Consultant physician Dr Waseem Malik said “People must avoid getting drenched and should always carry an umbrella. Even when they are drenched, they must immediately follow preventive measures because if left untreated, it can leave permanent scars on the skin.”
In case of a skin infection, use an anti-fungal powder to avoid any further infection. Always keep your skin dry. Don’t wear wet clothes. Also, wet shoes should be changed instantly. These small precautions go a long way in having a healthy and infection-free skin,” he said.
Dr Waseem said that there has been a rise in around 20 per cent skin-related problems this monsoon compared to last year. Patients are complaining of skin rashes, itching and various other dermatological symptoms.
A dermatologist Noshen Haider said that people with diabetic diseases are more prone to skin infections. They must see a doctor when symptoms like red skin rashes appear lest they leave scars and turn untreatable later.
The most common infections during monsoon are facial folliculitis (an inflammation of the hair follicles), acne and ringworm. The cause of such infections is mostly bacterial or fungal. People are more susceptible to infections during this season due to excessive sweating, dehydration, photo-toxic effects of the sun and humidity, she said.
Allergies like non-bullous and bullous impetigo, fungal infections, recurrent attacks of follicultis, tinea capitis (fungal infection of hair) are commonly detected in people, especially kids during the monsoons.
An immediate bath after playing in the rain and application of an anti-bacterial soap is crucial. Besides, one must also drink filtered water to avoid dehydration, she said.
Dr Noshen advised that the ideal way to avoid such problems is to try and keep dry and avoid excess perspiration. Taking regular and more frequent baths also helps. Also, be careful of using public toilets, where due to lower hygiene one is exposed to myriad infections.
Keep the body hydrated by consuming 10-12 glasses of water and also apply plenty of moisturisers to keep your skin hydrated.

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