Skin ailments on the rise in Mumbai due to scorching heat

25-30 per cent of the patients have been seeking treatment for skin infections

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In the last two weeks, skin ailments have been on the rise due to scorching heat. One of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health officials said that the incidence of skin disorders, especially sun allergy cases, have doubled, with 20-30 per cent more cases compared to last year. He added that for the last two weeks, daily 25-30 per cent of the patients have been coming to OPD to seek treatment for skin infections.

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According to few doctors, over 1,000 patients with similar complaints are thronging King Edward Memorial (KEM), Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy (JJ), BYL Nair and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (Sion) hospitals. Also, over 80 per cent of the patients have complained of fungal infections. So far, due to sunlight, patients are being diagnosed with ailments like herpes, itching and allergic reactions.

Dr Uday Khopkar, Head of Department of skin disease, KEM Hospital, informed that for the last few days, they have been getting more than 35 such patients every day, complaining of skin problems. He added that citizens should remain hydrated at all times, eat hydrating fruits like muskmelon and watermelon.

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