A majority of people complain of bacterial skin infections, skin allergies, or contact dermatitis, rashes, itching, burning sensation, and hives after playing with Holi colours. The colours are made up of hazardous chemicals like mercury, asbestos, silica, mica, and lead which are toxic to the human skin and eyes.
The Live Nagpur in conversation with Dr. Madan Kapre, ENT Surgeon, Dr Ashish Thool, Ophthalmologist and Dr. Vishal Chada, Dermatologist have listed out the harmful effects of the colours on one’s body and its precautions.
Dr. Madan Kapre :
People celebrate Holi festival in numerous ways which are sometimes proven to be fatal to one’s health. One of the most common blunt injury in ears is due to throwing water balloons at another person. The water balloon is thrown anonymously without having an idea as to where the balloon might hit someone. If the balloon hits an ear, it causes a blunt injury leading to deafness. The water that remains inside the ear causes fungus hence causing damage to the ear. Another major element is loud music that is played during the festival. Other diseases are also caused by consumption of unhealthy food items in big quantities.
Dr. Ashish Thool :
The chemical colours that are sold in the market are not good and suitable for the eyes. All the cases we observe are of accidental eye disease. Once the chemical colours go inside an eye, it requires immediate medical attention. The vision may be affected. People should try avoiding using colours that are made using chemicals and are harmful. Various steps can be taken to prevent the colour from going into an eye such as wearing sunglasses or using natural organic colours.
Dr. Vishal Chadha :
Pre Holi Care: Use a good moisturiser on your face and sunscreen with SPF 50 to all areas exposed to the sun. Oil your hair strand, scalp and cuticles. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a moisturising lip balm with SPF. Use organic colours and avoid harsh colours with chemicals completely. Lastly, drink enough water and hydrate yourself when spending long hours in the sun playing Holi. Post Holi Care: Take a bath immediately after you’re done and use a good hydrating moisturiser on the face and body. Use a clarifying shampoo and follow up with a nourishing mask/conditioner for your hair. Oxypeel Medi facials are recommended to hydrade, oxygenate and nourish your skin. In case of any skin allergies, contact your dermatologist immediately.