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Summers are around the corner & the change of season has come up with more challenges to our skin.
Hot weather brings with it all the more sweat, rashes and higher incidence of related skin diseases like prickly heat and fungal infections.
A casual approach of self-medication & using OTC (Over the counter) drugs against these infections can be harmful.
These medicines come with a triple combination that comprises of steroid, antifungal, an antibacterial agent.
The unsupervised use of these combinations of drugs may appear to give instant results but may also mask the infections. The symptoms of rashes & itching due to incompletely treated infection many times reappear & may become worse due to the fungi becoming “resistant” of the standard drugs.
The infection then spreads to the entire body.
A prescription by a doctor is a must and should never be shared.
On the other hand, fairness creams contain steroids that harm the skin and make it thinner.
For prickly heat, wear loose clothes, have a bath regularly, avoid antibacterial soaps (as they may damage our protective layer)
Calamine lotion and ice are better used against prickly heat.
For a fairer tone of the skin & prefer using an anti-tan broad-spectrum sunscreen (to protect from UVA & UVB), SPF 15, PA3+, etc.
SPF30 should be used for oily skin.
Hydrate inside out (by more fluid intake.
Hydrate outside (moisturizing).
Vit C based cream works as a good antioxidant.