Monsoon comes as a combined package containing relief from heat and beautiful surroundings but our skin doesn’t echo the same sentiments. Because of the humidity and moisture, the skin behaves a bit strange and can leads to fungal as well as bacterial infection. This is because that there is high humidity in monsoon which provides favourable conditions for the growth of bacteria and fungi. The problem is embarrassing and ever existent!
But more care and concern needs to be given to our feet during the monsoons. Along with smelly feet we are also prone to feet infections and feet diseases that spread during the monsoons.
Diabetic patients have to take a special care about their feet.
Why specially the monsoons?
Monsoons are characterized by the humid, wet and sticky climate and this leads to a sweaty feat, wet mucky shoes, fungal infections, athlete’s foot and many other feet diseases. In fact we are more prone to other typical monsoon disease like leptospirosis if we do not keep our feet clean.
The roads are full of water and mud which enter our foot wear. To make things worse, we wear the wet and dirty shoes in office for hours, and then return home with swollen, unclean and smelly feet.
- Wash your feet with an antiseptic after coming back to home if you have been out in the rains. Scrubbing them ensures that all the dirt is washed away.
- Just as you wash your feet, wash your sandals also with a disinfectant and keep them in the sun to dry.
- Dry your feet as regularly as possible once out of the rain. Always check for any traces of water especially between your toes to prevent fungal infections.
- Avoid wearing boots as these hold water for longer duration, sogging your feet and making room for bacteria and fungus to breed.
- Wearing open shoes and sandals in rain if possible to air your feet.
- Keeping the feet dry is very important so avoid applying moisturiser between your toes during the rainy season.
- Wear cotton socks during the rainy season and change your shoes as well as socks everyday, especially if you have been out in the rains.
- Cutting the nails of your feet regularly and cleaning the area between the nails and your toe prevents infections.
- Avoid walking in dirty rain water and keep your shoes and socks dry and clean.
- As far as possible walk around the house bare feet. It will help with blood circulation in the chilly weather especially since most of us sit in AC rooms throughout the day
- Using an anti-fungal powder every morning and an anti-fungal cream every night during monsoons will help keeping your feet safe from the fungal attack.
There is no need to hate the rains. With a little precaution and simple measures you can save yourselves a lot of misery over fungal infection and enjoy the monsoon just as any other season, probably more!!