Heatwave: Doctors advise sunscreen and long sleeves to avoid skin problems | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: The heat wave has increased skin problems, but dermatologists in town say all that itching, rashes and suntan can be controlled with proper care.
Dermatologist Dr. Alka Dogra receives five to six cases a day of summer-related skin problems such as photo-contact dermatitis, hydrated and swollen pimples, fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, and bacterial infections such as boils. She said: “The exposed skin is tanned from the strong sun. Long exposure to the sun leads to sunburn and irritation in all age groups.
Another city dermatologist, Dr Jastinder Gill, said: “The immediate reactions of sunburn are swelling, redness of the skin and irritation of the face, but, in patients with chronic skin conditions, the itching in areas exposed to the sun is more important. severe. Middle-aged or older skin is particularly vulnerable. She advises people to avoid the sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or wear sunscreen or a hat. They must also carry an umbrella.
Dr. Bimal Kanish, a dermatologist and president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Ludhiana Chapter, said photodermatitis occurs if the face or outer forearm is exposed to direct sunlight. The affected area first turns reddish and then turns white. He said: ‘In fungal allergy there is an itching disorder due to sweating and it mainly affects the areas of the feet, groin and arms. But these can be avoided by taking preventive measures.
He recommends wearing mid-length clothes instead of sleeveless outfits. He also advises his patients to use a good talc or antifungal powder and to apply sunscreen if they go out. Cotton, he says, is the best skin-friendly fabric and ideal for summer.