It’s easier to protect your feet during winter, but one can put the best foot forward in summer too by following simple steps like washing them properly, using coconut oil and more.
The tips should be followed religiously to get the best results, says capital-based dermatologist Deepali Bhardwaj.
Here are the tips:
* Wash feet daily: Summer is the time when you sweat a lot and so do your feet. This attracts lots of dirt and dust. So, make sure that before going to bed, you wash your feet with cold water for around 15 minutes.
* Moisturise daily: Use any lotion or foot cream and make it your daily routine to apply it on your feet. But don’t go overboard with moisturiser especially between your toes as it might cause fungal infection.
* Apply sunscreen: When you choose to uncover your feet, apply sunscreen on your feet to protect them from scorching heat.
BY SIDDHI JAIN With temperatures crossing 45 degrees Celsius in certain parts of India, the summer sun can harm the eyes leading to a host of infections and diseases, in addition to several other physical issues. Eye problems caused by sun and heat are early cataract formation, pterygium (yellowish white tissue which grows on the conjunctiva and invades the cornea), pinguecula (small yellowish white patch of tissue in the conjunctiva) and degenerative changes in the retina.
These health tips help eye infections to a large extent. According to Ramesh Pillai, Senior Corporate Optometrist, Eyewear Division, Titan Company Ltd., some of the eye infections which one needs to be wary of in the summer and the monsoon times are:
Conjunctivitis is a term which most of us are familiar with. It is nothing but the inflammation of Conjunctiva (a thin transparent tissue which lines the white part of the eye ball). It can be in the acute or in the chronic form and are usually self-limited lasting a maximum of two weeks if untreated. Conjunctivitis often occurs in epidemic form and is called as ï¿½pink eye’ in laymen’s term. It is associated with redness and a moderate amount of mucus discharge, irritation and stickiness of the eye lids on waking with occasional swelling of the eye lids. This is primarily caused by bacterial infection in warm climates. Having said that, conjunctivitis can be caused by viral and fungal infections as well. Hence it is important you consult an eye doctor or ophthalmologist before taking any medication. Since it is an epidemic form, one should isolate themselves if they have conjunctivitis and should avoid touching others and also avoid using objects like towels and personal products used by the affected person. To prevent the spread of the disease, the person who is infected and the family should be instructed to give special attention to their personal hygiene.
Allergic Conjunctivitis is also known as seasonal or warm weather conjunctivitis. It is an uncommon allergic disease which usually affects both the eyes and usually begins in the pre puberty age and lasts for 5-10 years. It is more common in boys than in girls. The identity of the specific allergen or allergens can help in treating the disease but it always remains a mystery. In most of the cases, some of the manifestations shown is known to be related to grass pollen sensitivity. The disease is less common in temperate than in warm climates and is almost nonexistent in cold climates. It is almost more severe during the spring, summer and fall than in the winter. Symptoms associated with this form of conjunctivitis include extreme itching sensation, a ropy discharge and sensitivity to light. Cold compresses and ice packs are helpful and sleeping in cool, air conditioned rooms can keep the person reasonably comfortable. In case of severe symptoms, one needs to consult an eye doctor/ophthalmologist for proper treatment with medication. Recurrences are the rule, particularly in the spring and summer but after number of recurrences the conjunctivitis heals leaving no scars.
Stye is a common bacterial infection of the lid glands that is characterized by a localized red, swollen and acutely tender area on the eye lid. It is essentially an abscess, with accumulation of puss formation in the cted glands. Pain is the primary symptom and the intensity of the pain is in direct proportion to the amount of the lid swelling. Treatment of Stye is with warm compresses for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day followed with a medication. If the swelling doesn’t get resolved within 48 hours, then you may have to consult an eye doctor for getting the right medication and treatment. Recurrent styes are also known to occur if the eyes have less amount of uncorrected refractive error. Hence it is advisable to get the power checked as well by an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is the deficiency in any of the tear film components which may lead to loss of the tear film’s stability. This will cause rapid break-up of tear film, and appearance of dry spots on the ocular surface. Dryness of the eye may therefore result from any disease associated with deficiency of the tear film components which includes the aqueous, mucin and lipid layer. Symptoms of dry eyes can be scratchy or sandy (foreign body) sensation. Other common symptoms are itching, excessive mucous secretion, burning sensation, redness, pain and photosensitivity (inability to tolerate light). Treatment involves prescribing tear substitutes based on the deficiency of the tear film component which is established through certain investigative tests done in the eye clinics/hospitals.
While Dry Eye is more to do with the deficiency of the eye to produce enough tears or to do with the tear film’s instability, high temperatures during summer can only aggravate this condition by fast evaporation of the tear film. Hence using tight goggles and use of humidifier can bring in a huge sigh of relief for people with moderate to severe dry eye problems.
The best way to prevent your eyes from getting any of these eye infections is by following these simple steps.
Maintain a good personal hygiene. Avoid touching the eyes very frequently. Build a good immunity by regular exercise and healthy eating. Hydrate yourself by drinking lots and lots of water and having fluids rich in nutrients – Have a minimum of two liters of water a day
Protect your eyes from the dust, dirt and the harmful UV rays by using a good pair of sunglasses. The best way to keep your eyes protected from the harmful effects of the UV rays from the sun is by wearing a good pair of oversized polarized wraparound sunglasses which offers 100 percent UV protection and at the same time offers great comfort from the harmful glare of the sunlight.
Protecting your eyes from harmful blue rays by using blue filter lenses. A good night’s sleep gives your eyes a chance to rest, heal and replenish so that your eyes can stay healthy
Get your eyes examined periodically at least once in a year by a qualified Optometrist/Ophthalmologist so that any problem pertaining to vision or the eye health can be diagnosed at an early stage and can be treated immediately. (IANS)
While cosmetics can cover up some facial flaws, it is tough to completely hide acne. Summer skin is prone to infections as dust, oil, heat and humidity tend to stick to your face resulting in acne, so make sure you are paying attention to it.
IANSlife spoke to experts from the beauty and wellness industry to know how one can manage acne in natural ways. Dr Taruna Yadav, Senior Ayurvedic Expert, Forest Essentials, says: “In Ayurveda, summer is the time which will lead to an imbalance in your ‘dosha’ or nature. To keep acne at bay one should adopt a ‘pitta’ pacifying diet and lifestyle.”
She adds: “An imbalance can come about from being continually exposed to heat, whether it is the sun or even at home. It is always advisable to stick to meals that are cooling, refreshing, hydrating and calming both in terms of ingredients and atmosphere.”
Foods should be cooling in nature, so opting for mild carbohydrates, citrus fruits and fruit juices, butter milk, fresh coconut water, green and root vegetables and salads definitely is a wonderful start.
An iced refreshing drink of pomegranate juice is fantastic for you after a tired day.
Drink Amla juice daily as it is rich in Vitamin C and natural antioxidants that protect against the harmful effects of free radicals and prevent acne formation.
Avoid caffeine, black tea and hot drinks in the summer as they lead to the formation of “ama” or toxins in your body. Drink water, warm herbal teas, and buttermilk, milk and vegetable juices instead.
Also, though our lifestyle habits are hard to change but these changes can be all so positive and fun. We needs to stay cool, both physically and mentally. Don’t sit in the sun for too long.
Over-exercise should be avoided and your body should be allowed to cool down before going for a shower.
Practicing of techniques that can calm and cool the mind like meditation, yoga, and cooling breathing exercises in the form of pranayama help you de-stress and uplifts your mood.
A calm de-stressing walk under the moonlight, a fresh breath of air or some soft music is what you need.
Dr Sushant Shetty, Head – Medical Operations, Services and Engineering, Kaya Limited advises:
Most important is not to pinch
Avoid consuming sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks as they can increase your chances of breakouts. Foods with high-glycemic index increase your blood sugar levels which then increase the need for insulin. Higher the insulin in your blood, the more sebum is produced which can then clog your pores and cause breakouts. Instead, choose fresh foods that help flush the toxins out of your system.
Choose a sunscreen meant specifically for oily skin so that your pores are not clogged.
Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day. If you feel like washing it more often because it gets too hot, just splash your face with plain water. Using a cleanser or any soap on your face too often in the day can do more harm than good.
Follow up cleansing with an alcohol-free toner to remove excess oil from your skin. This should be considered only if advised so by the Dermatologist.
The summer has is upon us and with its sweltering heat wave, and all we can fancy is a cooling drink that will soothe our body and mind.
Add ingredients like raw mango or hibiscus which are native as well healthy, to your summer coolers. Mohit Madan, Manager – Rick’s, Taj Mahal, New Delhi shares some tasty and refreshing drinks to beat the heat.
A popular traditional Indian beverage bursting with strong flavours. Serve chilled to bring down soaring summer temperatures! It has a rejuvenating and cooling effect, and is considered to be good for digestion as well.
1 fistful coriander leaves
1 fistful mint leaves
5 ml ginger juice
15 ml lime juice
ï¿½ tsp pepper
1 tsp tamarind
2 tsp roasted cumin powder
Boondi (Crisp and fried gram flour tiny balls) as per requirement
300 ml water
Add coriander, mint, ginger and lime in a blender, add a little water and grind to make a smooth puree. Transfer the puree into glass bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve chilled.
Aam Panna is a much celebrated summer cooler in north India and in some parts of South India like Hyderabad. It is made from unripe mangoes. It is healthy, seasonal and easy to make at home. The taste is palate friendly (and children should be encouraged to drink this rather than aerated beverages or those with excessive preservatives). It is rich in Iron and Vitamin C; and hence, builds immunity and works well as a natural iron booster. Aam panna has plenty of heat resistant properties and is best consumed during the intense summer months.
1 unripe mango
2 tbsp powdered sugar
ï¿½ tbsp black salt
ï¿½ tbsp black pepper powder
5/6 mint leaves crushed
ï¿½ tbsp roasted cumin seed powder
1 glass chilled water
Masala Chaas / Buttermilk
Masala chaas, is one of the oldest healthy drinks that is known by many different names in different parts of India. Traditional chaas is wonderful as a digestion as it contains more lactic acid than milk. It is loaded with probiotics which is very important for our health.
1 cup yoghurt
2 cup cold water
2 green chili (add as per taste/ preference)
ï¿½ cup cilantro
ï¿½ inch piece ginger
ï¿½ tsp roasted cumin powder
ï¿½ tsp chaat masala
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend to smooth consistency. Serve right away sprinkled with little bit more cumin powder. Serve chilled.
The Virgin Sangria
Sangria is traditionally made with wine, but, here we have an innovative version that is a combination of juices. It is both refreshing and healthy and should be served as a chilled summer beverage.
ï¿½ cup cranberry juice
ï¿½ cup apple juice
30 ml honey syrup
15 ml lime juice
ï¿½ cup sparkling water
ï¿½ cup Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries
Lime wedges and Mint sprigs
Combine all ingredients into a small pitcher. Stir to perfection to combine. Pour it in glass and add fruits. Serve with garnish mint sprigs on top.
Pour loose hibiscus tea into pitcher and set aside. Bring water to boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and pour it over the loose tea. Add raspberry, mint, and honey and let tea steep for 15 minutes. Pour tea through a fine strainer in separate pitcher and place it in refrigerator until its cold. Serve tea over ice and garnish with mint. (IANS)