Treat your skin to prevent skin infections during humid weather

By Skin & Hair Academy  |   October 06, 2015

Heat alone is not as irritating as heat with humidity, which makes hot temperature even more unbearable. Skin infections are known to become more prevalent during hot and humid weather. If left untreated, these infections can lead to complications.

Here are some skin problems that have humidity as one of the causative factors:

Toenail Fungus:
Toenail fungus also referred to as onychomycosis, is a type of skin infection which develops underneath the nail surface. Caused by fungi, it causes the nail to become dark in color and smell foul.

As debris collects under the nail plate, white marks may appear. The infection can spread to other toenails, fingernails and even to the skin. Ignoring toenails may lead to may lead to many problems including inability to work or walk. Secondary bacterial or yeast infections in or around the nail plate can follow the infection. Therefore, be very watchful of the symptoms. [1]

Ringworm (Tinea):
Ringworm is not a disease caused by any specific worm. It is a fungal infection on your skin which resembles a worm in shape and size. This infection leads to an itchy red circular spot. Ringworm infection is caused by dermatophytes, which live in the dead skin layer. They drop keratin, the protein element found in your nails, skin, and hair.

However, ringworm infection rarely invades deep into the body system, as dermatophytes can’t thrive on the membranes of mucous. You can get ringworm infection during the rainy weather or from other affected individuals. [2]

Eczema:
Eczema is a chronic problem which results when the skin is exposed to irritants or allergens which leads to inflammation in the epidermis. While the exact cause is not known, specialists believe that eczema may be inherited and is mostly linked to rhinitis and asthma. Research has also revealed that the biggest cause of eczema is excess humid weather. [3]

Athlete's Foot:
Athlete's foot is red, bright, itchy sensation and moist rashes on the feet. Actually, this fungal infection occurs on the outer skin layer, producing round red spots with irritating itching sensation. The skin problem generally starts at the toes and spreads on to other areas of the feet. Other symptoms consist of a cracked skin, blisters and burning sensation. [4]

How to Prevent These Irritating and Itchy Skin Infections?

Drinking Lot of Water: This is a very helpful way. Your skin will stay hydrated if you drink at least 7 to 9 glasses of water a day. Regular consumption of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin-rich foods also helps sustain skin integrity.

Neem Leaves: Neem leaves are believed to have anti-bacterial quality that can be very helpful in treating many types of skin infections. [5]

Avoid Tight Clothes: Tight outfits can be the cause of skin infections. One should avoid wearing tight clothes in the humid season, especially during monsoons. Wearing loose-fitting and comfortable clothing could be a great idea. Try to wear clothing made of silk, cotton, chiffon and other soft fabrics as they are smooth textured.

These simple treatments and care during the humid weather can be extremely useful to deal with irritating skin infections. So take care and be careful!

References:

[1] Toenail Fungus , Foot Health , Learn About Feet , APMA. 2015. Toenail Fungus , Foot Health , Learn About Feet , APMA. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=1523. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

[2] Tinea (Ringworm)  ,  American Skin Association. 2015. Tinea (Ringworm)  ,  American Skin Association. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.americanskin.org/resource/tinea.php. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

[3] Warm, humid, and high sun exposure climates are associated with poorly controlled eczema: PEER (Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry) cohort, 2004-2012. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Warm, humid, and high sun exposure climates are associated with poorly controlled eczema: PEER (Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry) cohort, 2004-2012. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23774527. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

[4] Athlete's foot: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. 2015. Athlete's foot: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000875.htm. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

[5] Medicinal properties of neem leaves: a review. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Medicinal properties of neem leaves: a review. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15777222. [Accessed 28 September 2015].


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