Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Room Heaters can harm your Skin

Posted On : January 20,2015

Well, mercury is down to unendurable levels in north India, and the citizens are down to desperate measures to seek comfort from the biting cold.

Some may be refusing to bathe for several days; others may be keeping themselves confined to the cover of a blanket even while eating meals. Most of us are also finding comfort in the heat of an electric heater.

While an indispensable accessory in most north Indian homes at this time of the year, an electric heater doesn’t just throw heat to warm you up; it also saps away all moisture from its environment, leaving you vulnerable to dryness and allergies.

Dr. Gaurang Krishna, Cosmetologist at Medlinks underlines that use of an electric heater day in and day out without some necessary remedial measures and precautions can cause worries for your skin, by depleting of moisture content in the air.

“The air that is sent out through the heater or the blower, dries up natural moisture in the air, inside the room. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching. It also leads to dryness and roughness in your scalp. If you have sensitive skin, this could also lead to itching and redness or give rise to infection. Moreover, if you have a baby, this could lead to even more damage to your baby’s sensitive skin. Extreme dryness in infants and babies, due to overuse of a heater, could lead to skin rashes and nose bleeds,” says Dr Krishna.

The heaters that come enclosed in a non-metallic case can heat the outer surface when used for too long. If touched accidentally, this could cause burns that could be very severe on skin leaving lifetime marks, especially for the elderly and infants.

While doing away with a heater completely might not be an option for everybody but reducing your dependence is a way out; so is the undertaking of certain precautions to prevent harm to body and skin.

Dr Krishna suggests some simple additional measures that can prevent the heat from causing harm to your skin and health:

 The problems of imbalance of moisture in air content can be reduced by simply increasing the indoor relative humidity. This can be done through use of humidifiers, vaporizers, steam generators, sources such as large pans, or water containers made of porous ceramics. Even wet towels or water in a bathtub will be of some help. The lower the room temperature the easier the relative humidity can be brought to its desired level.

 Always keep the heater in a reasonable temperature so you don’t overheat the room. To know what is the best suited temperature for your setting, check your user-manual and follow the instructions.

 Make sure that your heater is checked and serviced by the manufacturers at least twice a year. This will ensure that the tubes, coils and the bands are functioning well so that they don’t emit more carbon monoxide into the room.

 Ensure that you open the doors and windows of your room to initiate natural ventilation. This way, you can get rid of the pollutant and clean the room naturally.

 Dress appropriately to beat the winter chills and don’t depend on a heater solely. This will help your body to adjust to the season and your immunity to work accordingly, to save you from seasonal bouts of cold and flu.