Dos and don’ts for a safe Holi

While celebrating this colourful festival, we must take utmost precautions as colours can cause a great deal of harm to organs, like eyes and skin

We all are gearing up for the biggest festival of colours, Holi. But, while celebrating this colourful festival, we must take utmost precautions as colours can cause a great deal of harm to organs, like eyes and skin.

When we play Holi, we splash colours and throw balloons. While doing so we tend to forget that colours can badly damage eyes and skin. Also, throwing balloons can cause severe eye injuries. Here are the quick dos and don’ts while playing Holi.

Dos and don’ts for a safe Holi

Doctors say if we abide by these dos and don’ts, we can enjoy safe and happy Holi. But, why do we need the checklist of dos and don’ts?

Dr Tatyarao Lahane, Dean of Grant Medical College and JJ Hospital, Mumbai Central, says, “The reason is that every year during and after Holi celebrations, we receive 10 to 15 cases of eye injuries or infection. We should enjoy the festival, but avoid using chemical colours. Any type of colour whether it’s synthetic or organic should not enter into eyes, this will have adverse effect on the vision. Colours with chemical ingredients cause dryness, it can burn cornea of the eye.”

Lahane added, “Throwing water balloons can lead to bleeding in eyes and also cause a blunt eye injury, lens subluxation, macular edema or retinal detachment. On asking how a potential eye injury can be caused, Dr Lahane shared one incident.

“Three years ago, we had a case wherein a toddler had come in the hospital with cornea infection due to synthetic colours. Colour had entered into his eyes while playing Holi. But we successfully did Keratoplasty surgery by replacing cornea. Such things are not supposed to happen,” said Lahane.

To avoid eye injuries as soon as the colour enters the eyes, one should immediately splash water in eyes. If you still find any difficulty in vision, rush to the eye doctor as early as possible.

Not only eyes, but it’s equally important to protect your skin which is the protective shield of your body organs.

Dr Apratim Goel, Cosmetic Dermatologist at Cutis Skin Studio, said, “After Holi, cases of skin dryness, irritation, rashes, itching and redness are very common. It’s a festival of colours, but we should be more careful.”

Giving some important tips Goel said, “Apply good quality moisturiser and oil to your hair. After playing Holi, avoid any kind of bleaching or facial treatment at least for a week to settle down your skin. Do not rub your skin with shampoo or soap. Before taking bath, just apply coconut oil for half an hour and then take a wash or apply oil before starting playing with the colours.”

“Metallic or synthetic colours are harmful to both skin and eyes. Chemical colours are factory colours, but they are easily available during Holi. They contain heavy metals like lead. This can cause many health hazards like skin allergies, dermatitis, drying and chapping of the skin, skin cancer, rhinitis, asthma and pneumonia,” added Goel.