Rainy season has set in. With the cold weather and floodwaters, certain diseases emerge. Aside from leptospirosis and dengue, skin diseases are also rampant. Here, an article by Ritemed enumerates skin diseases that are rampant during the rainy season.
“Maliban sa napakainit na summer season, hindi nawawala sa Pilipinas ang panahon ng tag-ulan kung saan napakaraming dumadaan na bagyo. Dahil dito, hindi na naman maiwasan ang paglusong sa mga kalsadang puno ng baha. Ganunpaman, kailangang ng labis na pag-iingat dahil ang dumi na dala ng baha ay maaaring magdulot ng iba’t ibang skin diseases,” excerpt from an article by Ritemed. Read more: Iba’t ibang skin diseases na uso sa tag ulan, an article by Ritemed.
The Mayo Clinic defines Athlete’s Foot as a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It is common among people who become sweaty in their tight-fitting shoes. Symptoms include a scaly rash, itching, stinging, and burning. Athlete’s Foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated towels and clothing.
Eczema, medically known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition characterized by redness and itching. The Mayo Clinic describes it as a long lasting (chronic) condition that tends of flare periodically. It is common in children but may occur at any age. It may also be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. As of date, there is no cure for this but self-case measures help relieve itching and outbreaks.
The Mayo Clinic describes Ringworm (tinea corporis) as a rash caused by fungal infection. It is usually a red, itchy, circular rash with a clear skin in the middle. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance and no worm is involved. Ringworm is often associated with athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). Ringworm may be spread by direct skin to skin contact.
Healthline defines scabies as a skin infestation caused by a mite known as ‘Sarcoptes scabiei’. If left untreated, microscopic mites can live on the skin for months. It reproduces on the surface of the skin and then burrows into it to lay its eggs. This causes an itchy rash on the skin. It is a highly contagious condition that can be easily passed from person to person.