The ever-running Mumbai city has come to a halt because of the incessant rain which hit the city today. As the life line of the city – suburban local trains are disrupted and roads are waterlogged, many Mumbaikars have walked to a safe or the desired destination while some others were spotted having fun in playing on the flooded streets. The water on the streets can be highly contaminated as the dirt and filth from the city has flown into the street waters, and it is important to take proper precautions in order to prevent the skin and other life-threatening diseases caused due to contaminated water.
“In such heavy rain situation, often drains are overflowed and the drain water is mixed in the rain water. It is absolutely contaminated and may result in deadly diseases, if proper precautions are not taken,” said a senior general physician, Dr Jayesh Lele.
Contaminated water can cause severe fungal infection and bacterial skin infection such as cellulitis. “In 2005, we had experienced the same situation. I still get patients who have had skin infection during that flood. The infection keeps recurring. Especially those who have cracks on the skin are more susceptible to the skin infection,” said Dr Shama Vibhakar, a Dermatologist.
Also, leptospirosis is the major threat caused by the contaminated water. It is a bacterial infection that spread through the urine of infected animals. “Lepto is a major concern after getting contacted with contaminated water. Those who have foot injuries, can get infected easily. Also, the fungus can become severe because of the contaminated water,” Dr Lele added.
According to Dr Vibhakar, people should watch out for following symptoms in order to get the treatment at the proper time for skin infections.
- Redness of skin
- Rising temperature in particular area on body
- Skin diseases such as eczema can amplify
To avoid further complications people are advised to take following precautions:
- Remove the wet clothes and shoes as soon as possible
- Take bath and wash every part of your body with soap and water
- Dry the body properly
- Apply skin moisturizer or lotion
- In case of any symptoms of skin infection, immediately visit a doctor