Itchy skin during the monsoon? Learn how to manage skin allergies

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All around, the vegetation blooms, impossible to resist the first drops of rain. The temptation to walk in the rain or take long car trips is simply irresistible. Although beneficial for emotional health, monsoons can cause various skin problems in some people, says Dr Rinky Kapoor, consultant dermatologist, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, who shares a list of allergies common skin conditions during the monsoon.

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• Rashes : These are the most common skin problems during monsoons. Most rashes occur due to an increase in airborne allergens. They are also common in people with recurring allergies such as rhinitis or bouts of sneezing.
• Acne, pimples or facial folliculitis: The vicious combination of moisture and sweat clogs the hair follicles on the skin, and the result is painful bumps and masses of pimples.
• Eczema: Although not contagious, eczema can be cruel to the skin as it causes inflammation, redness and itching. If left untreated, it can also roughen the skin, crack and cause blisters.
• Scabies: Sarcoptes scabiei is a type of parasitic mite that causes rashes and severe itching on the skin. This is very common in children and this skin problem is contagious i.e. if a family member gets it, it is likely to spread. Treatment requires dermatological intervention.
• Athlete’s foot: it is a type of fungal infection that usually affects the skin under the fingernails and the feet. It causes very itchy, scaly patches on the feet. The nails become cracked and rough, and the sensation emits an embarrassing foul odor and a burning sensation.
• Ringworm: It is a fungal infection similar to athlete’s foot. It appears as rings on the skin that are red in color. The treatment should be done under the advice of the doctor. Self-medication can be harmful for this contagious infection.
• Itchy skin: This can be caused by stagnant dirty rain, insect bites and other factors. It can be irritating and break down the skin leading to other issues such as redness, cracking and bleeding
• Hyperpigmentation: This causes dark colored spots to develop on the skin due to moisture. They make the skin dull. The skin begins to produce more melanin due to pigmentation, and this can also be a sign of gastrointestinal disease or a metabolic disorder.

The increased humidity in the atmosphere causes monsoon skin problems. Heat causes people to sweat, and this combination causes bacteria to become trapped in the skin. Here are some expert-recommended tips to help you avoid skin problems and infections while enjoying the warm weather.

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• 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.
• Use antifungal powder in shoes and socks to prevent infection.
• Never stay in wet clothes, underwear, socks or shoes. Try to keep them as dry as possible.
• If you have infections, wash your clothes separately and iron them inside out.
• Use hot powder after showering. Make sure your body is completely dry before using the powder.
• Body folds can trap moisture, so be careful.
• Avoid scratching the infected area.
• Wear loose, comfortable cotton clothing and avoid synthetic materials in rainy weather.
• Keep your body hydrated and hydrated. Drink water at regular intervals.
• Avoid plants inside the house as they can cause pollen allergies.
• Keep animals clean and dry.
• Wear SPF 30 or higher every time you leave the house. The waves of the sun are strong even on cloudy days.
Consult your dermatologist before using antimicrobial or antibacterial soaps or lotions. Some home remedies, such as neem water to fight infections, sandalwood powder for itching, and coconut oil to moisturize, will also help prevent skin problems during the monsoon season.

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