Holi is a colorful festival celebrated to bid goodbye to winter and welcome spring. Traditionally Holi was celebrated with natural colors from flowers or even herbs, the natural colors had therapeutic value and beneficial for skin and health. Now Holi is celebrated with artificial colors and dyes.
Playing with artificial colors can aggravate the condition for those who are already suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma.
Dr Alok Agarwal, pediatric head at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, said, " with seasonal change, viral infection is on the rise. Therefore the chances of falling prey to infection after playing with colours also increases. Patients with bronchial asthma are the worst victims of upper respiratory infections during this season. So we put children suffering from asthma on preventive medicine till 15 days after Holi."
Tips For A Safe Holi
- Buy natural colors to celebrate Holi so that your skin is not affected.
- Artificial colors causes eye irritation. Wearing glasses while celebrating Holi can prevent eye irritation.
- A thick layer of oil or moisturizer helps prevent skin damage.
- Apply water resistant sunscreen to prevent skin damage.
- Do not wear contact lenses while playing with colors.
- If you experience irritation in any part of the body, wash immediately with cold water.
- Avoid wet or metallic colors, use safer colors like red and pink.