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Here's how to protect skin from harmful sun rays during heatwave

Aloe vera and rose water can soothe the skin, says skin specialist amid harsh weather conditions

By APP
May 27, 2024
People buy ice blocks from a vendor during a hot summer day, as the heatwave continues in Jacobabad, May 26, 2024. — Reuters
People buy ice blocks from a vendor during a hot summer day, as the heatwave continues in Jacobabad, May 26, 2024. — Reuters

ISLAMABAD: As the sizzling weather continues to taking its toll on the people, health experts have called for taking steps to avoid skin ailments during the current weather conditions.

Harsh ultraviolet rays and the increasing humidity can lead to a lot of sweating, which in turn results in skin ailments like skin burns and infections, as per the experts.

Talking to PTV News on Monday, a renowned skin specialist Dr Mubashir Mushtaq Daha said that skin allergies and heat rashes are most common during the scorching months when the mercury shoots up, adding, that sunburn can increase the chance of skin cancer.

However, citizens should protect their skin from harmful rays all year round, but especially in the extra-sunny days of summer, he added.

The specialist further explained that the sun and heat can dry out your skin. Dry skin in the summer can occur due to a variety of factors, such as excessive sun exposure, hot showers, and not drinking enough water.

The cases of fungal infection are at their peak this summer. The cases are common in all age groups, mostly in the moving population from one city to another, he added.

Aloe vera and rose water can soothe the skin, so people can apply them to the skin to bring relief from itching, he advised.

Citizens should wear lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen which allow human skin to breathe and prevent the build-up of moisture.

Wearing tight clothes can cause more sweating which creates an ideal environment for growth, increasing the susceptibility to infection, he warned.

Insects become more active during the summer, and their stings or bites can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Bee stings, ant bites, and mosquito bites are common triggers. These reactions can vary from mild redness to severe swelling, Dr Khurram Mushir, another skin specialist added.

Seasonal allergies can also affect the skin, especially during the high pollen season. Allergic individuals may experience contact dermatitis. The typical symptom is an itchy rash after contact or indirect exposure to plants or grasses, he mentioned.

Additionally, keep in mind that home remedies provide soothing relief for mild reactions, but for severe symptoms, it is best to seek medical attention, the expert added.