Monsoon arrives with a variety of skin and foot problems. Following are few tips to keep your feet hygienic and protected this season.
Before going to sleep during monsoon, apply moisturizer containing 7% to 10% of urea and paraffin on your feet. This will help you in getting rid of the dead skin (keratolytic effect) while keeping the feet clean, smooth, and allergy-free. Avoid putting moisturizer between the toes as web spaces have moist skin and putting moisturizer will increase dampness and may invite fungal infection.
Long nails pull and store ample of dirt and bacteria. Always trim your nails in straight line and file the corners. Avoid cutting too deep and leaving corners with sharp margins may lead ingrown toes nails, well kept nails will help in keeping away germs from the feet.
Take out some time from your busy schedule and visit the nearest parlor for a pedicure, specifically during rains. Make sure the instruments and the place is neat and clean. Avoid pedicure from unhygienic places, it may be source of fungal and bacterial infection. If your budget does not permit, do it the easy way at home. Dip your feet in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and dry it with a soft cotton towel. Do not forget to add 2-3 drops of antiseptic liquid in the water. Diabetic patients should avoid putting feet in warm water, at times because of loss of sensation they may land in burn injuries.
There are several home treatments to prevent build up of germs on the feet, especially when you come home after walking through the rain. Following are some of them:
It is a simple yet an essential thing to wash your feet after an outing during monsoon. As the season gives rise to fungus, bacteria, and germs, it becomes a necessity to clean your feet immediately after returning from office or school. Following the clean-up, pat them dry. Wear shoes rather than sandals while going out as shoes give the full protection compared to the sandals which make the feet wet, resulting in fungal and bacterial infections.
When you go for bathing, soak your feet in the water about 5 to 10 minutes. Add any soap liquids, shampoo to the water. After 10 minutes wash your feet with the scrubbers made for feet to chuck out the dead or damaged skin.
Any sign of fungal or bacterial infection as redness, swelling, itching, and warm skin associated with pain without injury must not be neglected and a visit to physician is advisable for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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