Diwali is, perhaps, without a shadow of doubt, one of the biggest festivals in India. The lights, the delicacies, the shopping, the decoration, the get-togethers, the gifts… oh what fun the festival is! Another aspect of Diwali is cleaning every nook and corner of the house, as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi graces homes that are clean and beautifully decorated.
Certainly, cleaning the house thoroughly is a good practice, as it helps us get rid of unwanted things, and the clean environment is good for our health too. Along with this comes dust allergies and fungal infections. The dry cleaning brings in those phases of sneezing and wheezing which goes away in a day or two. But, the fungal infection, namely ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot stay back if not addressed to on time.
Symptoms of Fungal Infection of Skin during Diwali
- Red, itchy, scaly, defined, or raised patches
- Patches like rashes that develop blisters or begin to ooze
- Itching, stinging, burning, and/or blisters between the toes, on the soles of the feet
- Dry, raw skin on the soles or sides of the feet that is flaky, peeling, or cracking
- Discoloured, thick, and crumbly toenails, that pull away from the nail bed
An important point to understand is that fungal infection develops because of staying in wet and dirty clothes for a long time. The moisture from wet clothes gives the fungi a perfect place to strive and cause an infection, and dirt as we all know is full of unwanted germs. The problem can develop not only during Diwali, but anytime the skin is wet for a long time.
If you face any of the above mentioned problems, it is necessary to take precautions and start using over-the-counter topical anti-fungal creams that will bring you relief, and let you enjoy the festivities.
Precautions for Fungal Infection of Skin during Diwali
- Wear sandals/shower shoes while using water for cleaning.
- Though difficult while cleaning the home, try and keep your feet clean and dry.
- Change your clothes when they get wet or sweaty.
- Ensure you take a bath after every cleaning session, and dry yourself thoroughly.
- Keep your skin clean and dry, especially the area around your groin, between the toes, nape of the neck, etc.
- Wear clean clothes made from breathable fabrics, and moisturize your skin well.
- Wash your dirty clothes and towels after every use, and dry them in sunlight to avoid getting infected.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes that can rub or chafe your skin. Loose clothes not only prevent sweating, but also keep you cool.
- Avoid coming in contact with people or animals (and their personal belongings) suffering from ringworm, jock itch or athlete’s foot.
Diwali is that time of the year when you want to be hale and hearty, and enjoy each day to the fullest with family and friends. With these precautions, you will be able to keep fungal infection of skin at bay. In case you get one, do not forget to clean and dry the affected area, and apply OTC topical anti-fungal cream on it.