Every house has different types of first aid boxes. It contains some common things – plasters, pain relievers, gauze and some medications for specific uses. But do you know that your first aid kit should also have some things to fight skin problems?
The importance of a skincare first aid kit cannot be underestimated. This should be your first option in a skin care emergency, and here are a few things that can help.
potassium permanganate: This is the world’s best kept secret related to skin care. As an oxidizing agent, potassium permanganate protects against extreme skin infections and prickly heat. It is an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal solution that has been prominent in the treatment of many skin conditions such as impetigo, cornicles and folliculitis. It is also used to wash vegetables.
Dr. D’s advice: Dissolve some potassium permanganate crystals in lukewarm water until the solution turns light pink. Use a tissue or cotton to apply it to the infected area. After applying, wait 5-10 minutes and then use plain water to clean the area, followed by the medicated cream recommended by your doctor.
Antiseptic cream and solution: These are essential items that most people should have. Make sure you carry antifungal powder, especially during the summer months.
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Dr. D’s advice: For best results, avoid sulfur-based antibacterial creams. Be sure to check your Neosporin ingredients, as it is usually mixed with sulfur. It is better to take mupirocin.
Anti-allergic medicine: The increasing levels of pollution have contributed to the increasing incidence of allergies in many people. Fexofenadine tablets are safe for adults and children to treat all basic allergies. Increasing omega-3 in the diet also reduces the risk of allergies.
Dr. D’s advice: If you notice sores (swelling) around the eyes and lips, it could be a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Go to the nearest hospital and get checked.
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Keep cleanliness first
A skin care first aid kit can help solve some skin problems, but healthy and happy skin requires behavioral changes.
Bathe often and keep your nail beds clean. If you like long nails, get them manicured regularly.
Do not use perfume directly on your body – spray it on your clothes. It is better to use clear, perfume-free soap instead of shower gel, especially if your skin is prone to allergies.
Eat more plant-based foods with a healthy balance of yogurt and other foods compatible with the gut biome. If you like meat, it is better to cook it at home.
First aid for your dog too
Yes, you read that right. In fact, it is an important member of your family who needs the same kind of care.
I learned this from my mother, a retired senior doctor and additional medical superintendent at Ram Manohar Lal Hospital, who ensures that our dogs are sterilized within five days. She says that regular bathing and cleaning is the first step in maintaining pet hygiene. She also makes sure the dog handler uses antifungal spray on his paws, ears and tail before taking him out for a walk – this reduces the risk of infection.
When the dog returns, the handler should use potassium permanganate to keep his feet clean.
If your dog gets an oral infection, try using a soft muzzle – this will help limit the infection to that area.
Keep cotton balls and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your dog’s first aid kit.
For areas where there is no fur on the dog’s body, using an antimicrobial spray or cream may be a better solution to healing wounds and it also helps reduce dry skin.
Milk of Magnesia is also surprising when your dog eats that suspicious plant in the park. It helps fight toxic threats. But be sure to talk to your vet about the right dosage.
Use a microfiber towel to clean your dog’s body and paws after a walk to reduce the risk of fungal infections. This is especially important for dogs’ ears, which often become submerged in food and water when they eat.
Use sharp scissors to cut hair in the areas around the wounds to ensure the skin can breathe freely.
It is important to trim hair and nails regularly, especially if you have a dog with thick hair.
Often people forget to clean the dog’s ears. Cut as much hair as you can outside the ears and use cotton tissue and antiseptic cream to clean the inside.
Check your dog for allergies and change his diet if you see no improvement in his skin condition.
The infrared lamp is a boon for your senior dog – combined with cannabis oil, it proves to be a panacea for all pain.
Start listening to your skin
The skin is the mirror of our health – if it is itchy, swollen, cracked or has anything unusual, it is a sure sign that we need to find out and treat the cause.
The next time your family complains about itchy skin or your dog keeps licking the same spot on their body, bring your first aid kit.
(Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj is a dermatologist, anti-allergy specialist, laser surgeon and internationally trained esthetician. Her handle is @dermatdoc. Views are personal.)
(Editing by Shiv Pandey)
(Click here to read this article in English.)
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