The soaring temperatures have resulted in a rash of skin ailments among Mumbaiites.
Dermatologists are getting more patients complaining of skin problems such as prickly heat, acne and allergic rashes. “Every day we get an average of two patients complaining of allergic skin rashes caused by the heat. Rashes and acne develop due to inadequate sun protection,” said Dr Snehal Sriram, consultant dermatologist, Seven Hills Hospital, Marol.
“Certain skin ailments which get aggravated by sun intensity, are coming in much earlier this year,” said Dr Nina Madnani, head of dermatology department, PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim.
Fungal and bacterial infections too are on the rise. While redness, itching and cuts especially on the body folds characterise fungal infections, bacterial infections lead to puss formation in the sweat glands especially on the face among children. “We are seeing more children with complaints such as prickly heat. They are more susceptible to skin diseases in hot and humid environment,” said Dr Satish Wadhwa, consultant dermatologist, Breach Candy Hospital, Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Eye allergies in children are also on the rise. “There is an increase in the incidence of allergic conjunctivitis cases in children with symptoms such as redness, itchiness and discharge from the eyes. The condition needs to be treated as soon as possible and follow up is important,” said Dr Anagha Heroor, ophthalmologist, director of Anil Eye Hospital.
“The number of patients coming with respiratory symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis and soar throat have doubled in the last 10 days,” said Dr Ashok Mahashur, consultant chest physician, PD Hinduja Hospital.
A hot and humid environment favors multiplication of viruses. It also causes increase in the air pollutants.
“Patients with bronchitis and asthma should be careful. The medications should be taken properly and venturing out in the heat should be avoided,” said Dr Mahashur.