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Common Summer Skin Problems and Remedies

August 18, 2019

Hello everyone. I am doctor Sirisha Singh.
I am a consultant dermatologist. Today we are going to do a brief talk on common skin
issues which are seen in summers and how to we try to effectively manage them at home.
The commonest skin issue that is seen in India during summers is prickly heat. Which is also
commonly known as the heat rash. Prickly heat or heat rash happens when sweat glands of
the skin get blocked. It is usually seen as tiny red bumps on the skin or bubble like
appearance on the surface of the skin. It is commonly seen in those parts of the body
which are covered with clothes that is the chest the arms and maybe the upper parts of
the thigh and the legs if people are wearing full trousers. The face, neck, hand and feet
are usually spared in prickly heat. There is a lot of itching associated with the prickly
heat. Now how do we manage prickly heat if we get it, at home. The most important thing
in prickly heat is to try and wear loose clothing which is made of cotton or linen or any other
similar breathable fabric. Try and avoid using a very greasy moisturiser on the surface of
the skin. You could use a gentle light moisturiser. Maybe a moisturiser that contains aloevera
and preferably with some amount of vitamin C added on to the moisturiser. It is advisable
to try and stay in a cool environment. Stay in a room with fans so that there is cool
air circulating in the room on in an air conditioned environment to cool down the temperature in
the room. It is also advisable to use a lot of… consume lots of fruits which are rich
in vitamin C particularly the citrus fruits like orange kiwis and grapes. If in spite
of taking all the precautions one stills develops a prickly heat you could use a light calamine
containing lotion to soothe down your skin. If the prickly heat persists for more than
three days it is advisable to consult your dermatologist for further medical treatment.
Another common problem that we see a lot in summers in dermatology OPD is fungal infections
or what are commonly known as yeast infections. Fungal infections are very common in the body
folds. They are very common in the groin area. Very common in between the toes of the feet
and very common between the fingers of the hand as well. In women another common area
of getting a yeast infection is just below the breast where the breast tissue overhangs
the abdominal wall. Fungal infections usually happen due to retention of moisture in the
body folds and sweat works as the perfect environment for overgrowth of yeast in these
body folds. The most important precaution to be taken in case of fungal infection is
to keep the area dry. As in after you have taken a bath and before you put on your clothing.
Try and take a soft cotton towel and dab the area completely dry so that there is no remanence
of moisture in the area. It is advisable to wear loose cotton clothing or linen fabric
so that skin gets a chance to breathe. If in spite of taking these precautions you get
a fungal infection there are some anti fungal dusting powders which are available over the
counter and one could try these anti fungal dusting powder for short term use. If however
the itching persists, the redness persists and the rash persists in spite of using the
anti fungal dusting powders it is advisable to consult a dermatologist who will give you
a prescription for either anti fungal cream to be applied or in severe cases you may be
given prescription of anti fungal tablets to be consumed orally. The third most common
problem that I see in my daily outpatient practice is what we call polymorphous light
eruption what in normal terminology is also known as allergy to sun light. Although it
is called allergy to sunlight it is not really allergy to sunlight it is allergy to ultraviolet
radiation. This typically is seen in the last weeks February, March and maybe early few
weeks of April as well. This usually happens because there is a sudden increase in UV intake
from winters to the spring season. And there is sudden high dose exposure to UV light in
the atmosphere. It appears as slight redness or slight bumpiness of the skin usually in
the parts of the body which are exposed to the sunlight usually in the arms and the commonest
area to be affected in the arms are the outer aspects of the arm. The inner aspects of the
arms which are relatively UV protected are usually not effected by this polymorphous
light eruption. The ears could also be affected by this rash. The most important thing to
be done in the case of polymorphous light eruption is to use a sunscreen. Preferably
a sunscreen with a SPF 30 or more, a broad spectrum sunscreen and try to use loose cotton
or linen fabrics. It is worthwhile wearing full sleeve shirts or t-shirts of closely
woven linen fabric to reduce the amount of UV exposure of the skin. If in spite of using
these precautions the rash does not settle down and continues to bother you it is worthwhile
seeing your physician. You may be given a mild prescription of a topical steroid cream
to heal the rash completely. None of the these rash fortunately leave any permanent sequelae
or any permanent scars and they are very easily treatable. If you have any further queries
feel free to contact me. My contact details are given the the description box below.


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  • Reply Jasmeen Gill February 22, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Ma'am plz suggest me a good sunscreen for sensitive and dry skin and in Feb April. Like now m having red rashes on face due to heat..

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