Shrikrushna Asgaonkar, 89, is taking extra care of his skin, this winter.
“It is very cold this year. My skin has begun to itch and I have started applying cold cream every night, as I do not want it the dryness to get aggravated,” said the Goregaon resident.
With a dip in the city’s temperature, doctors are getting more patients complaining of winter-related skin ailments such as winter eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, as well as bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.
“Compared to previous years, there is an approximate 10% increase in number of patients. This may be related to the increased intensity of cold this year,” said Dr Satish Wadhwa, consultant dermatologist, Breach Candy Hospital.
Winter eczema, also known as winter itch, is characterised by itchiness, dryness and scaling of the skin, particularly on the legs, arms and trunk among the elderly.
Eczema Craquele, the severest form of dry skin, is characterised by dry, cracked, fissured skin and redness. Large dry scales may form on the skin giving a ‘crazy-paving’ appearance to the skin.
According to doctors, people tend to wear more clothes when the temperature is low. Also, may avoid regular baths and thus compromise on hygiene, which could result in development of bacterial, fungal or parasite infections.
However, skin dryness is more common among the elderly who take prolonged baths or are taking drugs for heart ailments. It is also commonly seen in children with lower skin oil production.
“We are seeing children coming with aggravated eczema. The cases have increased in the past two weeks,” said Dr Nina Madnani, consultant dermatologist, PD Hinduja Hospital.
“We have seen 20% rise in psoriasis and atopic eczema (a type of allergic dermatitis that flares up during winter and usually affects children) this winter,” said Dr Indur Ramchandani, dermatologist, Jaslok Hospital.