The monsoon may mean relief from heatstroke and heat-related ailments but it can increase the risk of fungal infections, water contamination-related ailments and various fever, said doctors.

Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said: “With the onset of monsoon, there is an increase in the number of patients presenting fungal infections. The bacteria multiply really fast during monsoon. Tips of toes and area between fingers tend to be prone to the infection.”

To avoid infection, keep yourself dry and clean at all times, said Dr. Batra, adding: “Regular shower with anti-bacterial soap can keep you safe from fungus. Your clothes must also be cleaned regularly, and if any of your clothes have mud splashes, they must be washed immediately”.

Sweating is helpful

Avoid excessive use of deodorants, which suppress formation of sweat. Sweat has bactericidal and fungicidal properties, said doctors.

Be aware of any odd rash or blemish on your skin as serious skin problems may arise during monsoon, advised doctors.

D.J.S. Tulla, cosmetic surgeon, said that the rainy season is characterised by high humidity, which is the primary reason for fungal infections during this time of the year. Most of the cases are reported in July and August.

“One should remain hydrated and take a shower at least twice a day as we sweat excessively. Care should be taken to dry your body completely after a shower before wearing clothes,” said Dr. Tulla. Most common skin problems during the rainy season, include eczema, nail infection, acne breakouts and fungal infection, said doctors.

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