How to Combat Skin Allergies This Monsoon
With monsoon showers kicking in, sweaty, greasy and dull skin are not far behind. While the first drops of rain are a relief after the scorching hot summer, it also hosts skin infections and diseases. The rise in humidity levels oscillates the skin from dry to oily, further causing skin rashes, irritation, fungal infections and other skin issues.
To beat the gloom of dehydrated skin susceptible to frequent breakouts, it’s essential to take complete care for soft and supple skin. A list of factors accelerating skin troubles include:
Getting drenched in the downpour is common during the monsoon season, but if you don’t follow an after-rain shower and keep yourself dry, it can certainly lead to multiple skin infections. Sticking to personal hygiene and taking special care of cuts or wounds reduces the risk of infections.
Wearing socks and shoes for long hours in torrential monsoon does not allow the sweat to dry, keeping your feet moist for long. Make sure you wear closed footwear when stepping out in the rain, while also scrubbing your feet clean and dry when you reach home. Additionally, wearing breathable fabrics like cotton, rayon and linen allows the sweat to evaporate, steering clear of fungal infections.
- Health Conditions
Suffering from health conditions like obesity, diabetes and arthritis, lowers the immunity and increases the risk of contracting infections by skin-to-skin contact or sharing clothes. Take special care of your health in the monsoon.
Skin irritation, bacterial and fungal infections are common in the monsoon season, especially on the toes and inner folds of the skin. Read on to know of some skin conditions you need to be wary of.
Eczema: A non-contagious dermatological condition that causes itchiness, redness, and skin inflammation. The rising humidity in the monsoon is one of the reasons that hikes up eczema symptoms. Make sure you take extra care if you have sensitive skin to avoid blisters and cracked skin.
Scabies: Escaping from puddles and stagnant contaminated water gets difficult in the monsoon rains. This gives way to scabies, caused by parasitic mites resulting in redness, skin rashes and itching that worsens at night. Being a contagious infection, getting immediate medical attention is advised as it spreads among people through bedding, shared clothes, etc.
Athlete’s Foot: Itching on the feet, cracked skin and discoloured toenails are the major symptoms of athlete’s foot. It is a highly contagious fungal infection that aggravates in monsoon due to the damp weather. Make sure you keep your feet dry, clean and say no to sharing footwear, socks, towels or even footwear accessories to prevent the spread.
Folliculitis: A fungal infection that causes the hair follicle to swell up. Most often than not, it is caused by excessive sweat or moisture due to a rise in humidity levels. Take note of weekly hair wash to keep your skin infection-free.
Tinea Fungal Infections: Since the skin is exposed to contaminated water often in the rainy season, the discomfort of fungal infections spikes up. These include skin problems like ringworms which cause red circular patches on neck, armpits etc., tinea capitis that causes an itchy and flaky scalp, and onychomycosis that results in crumbly and brittle nails.
Here’s a list of precautionary measures and skincare rituals to keep skin infections at bay:
- Pay special attention to personal hygiene, bathe daily and wash your feet and hands as soon as you reach home.
- Avoid taking long hot water showers as it disturbs the pH levels and dries out the skin.
- Keep yourself dry as staying in wet clothes for long can lead to several skin infections.
- Do not share clothes and personal belongings to steer clear of any contagious infections.
- Avoid wearing synthetic socks and clothes to make sure your skin can breathe and speed up sweat evaporation.
- Opt for antibacterial soaps and anti-fungal powders to reduce the risk of fungal & bacterial infections.
- Make sure you sip on purified or filtered water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
While these skin infections can be discomforting and even cause permanent scars, following a proper skincare routine and appropriate precautionary measures can keep your skin healthier & happier while it pours heavily.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-08-17