Mumbai witnesses rise in skin infections due to October heat

Mumbaikars are facing the harsh October sun and are suffering from skin ailments as a result of the dry heat. Due to such weather conditions, children and adults alike are facing issues such as prickly heat and common fungal inspections

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My Medical Mantra spoke to Dr Sharmila Patil, a Consultant Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund to know how the health of the people is being affected due to the sharp rise in temperature.

Dr R.B. Chavan from Miraj Hospital explained that due to heat and humidity, young children are more prone to prickly heat. Also, people can have an outbreak of pimples or acne due to the intense heat. It is advisable that people should use sunscreen as it will help protect you from a tan and take care of your skin.

Do you witness a surge in the number of patients visiting you with the complaint of infections?

Yes, there definitely is a surge in the cases of fungal infections.

What is the percentage of the increased number of patients who are suffering with infections?

On an average, there 40% increase in the general population who suffer from Fungal Infections and visit the OPD. However, the prevalence rate is around 25%.

Self-care tips people should keep in mind?

  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Exercise weight control.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing.
  • Follow proper medications, as instructed by the physician.
  • Positive lifestyle modifications.

Dos and don’ts?

Do’s:

  • Keep the affected area dry.
  • One must wear loose cotton clothing.
  • Take medicines in a timely manner, as instructed by the physician.
  • No sharing of bedsheets, towel etc. for a few months.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid using steroids or ‘over the counter’ treatment products.
  • Seek treatment and take medications in a timely manner.