With the increased waterlogging in the city this monsoon, doctors are seeing a rise in the number of patients suffering from skin ailments.
“Wading through contaminated water can lead to skin infections or worsen existing eczema. We are seeing an increased number of patients coming with eczema as well as cellulitis infection,” said Dr Uday Khopkar, head of dermatology, KEM Hospital.
While eczema leads to itchy rashes, Cellulitis, a serious bacterial infection, causes swelling, pain and redness of the feet with chills and fever.
Doctors advise taking extra care while walking on waterlogged roads especially for those with open cuts and wounds on the feet.
The high humidity has also given rise to fungal infections such as ringworm and candida.
“Long hours of staying in wet clothes, wading through contaminated water and constant high environmental humidity are causing these problems,” said Dr Chitra Nayak, head of dermatology department, Nair Hospital.
“We have more than 15 patients coming every day with fungal infections. With heavy rains we expect that number to rise,” said Dr Khopkar.
Humidity boosts spread of bacterial, fungal and other skin infections, said doctors. “Diabetics should be more careful and protect their feet as candida could be a starting point for cellulitis which is a more serious bacterial infection and can eventually lead to diabetic foot and even gangrene,” said Dr Khopkar.