Few safety tips to protect your eyes and skin on Holi?

protect your eyes and skin on Holy
Everybody needs to wear glasses during holy

Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. It’s known as festival colors in India. Perhaps this spring festival is happiest and colorful festival of the Hindus. Child to old people all enjoys Holi madly in a jolly mood. This is the only festival where caste distinction is abandoned. So you need to protect your eyes and skin on Holi.It’s celebrated with both dry powder and colored water. Water gun (Pichkaari) and water balloon are very popular in Holi. Rich, poor, man, women, known and unknown people everyone plays Holi together. Though India and Nepal people largely celebrated Holi, but it’s celebrating all over the world by Hindus.

 Initially, it’s celebrated by using the herbal color, but recently, synthetic chemical color is more popular than the natural color. Lack of time, high demand of colors and lack of natural source availability are the major reason for using synthetic color. The various ingredients found in synthetic colors are a lead oxide, mercury sulfide, copper sulfate, aluminum bromide etc. Those synthetic colors have several side effects on eyes and skin. So we need to protect your eyes and skin from the synthetic colors because synthetic chemical which can cause skin allergies, eye allergies, etc. Injury from synthetic color also called a type of chemical injury.  The Even harmful chemical can lead to skin or eye cancer. Uses of synthetic color can cause temporary blindness which is also called fleeting blindness. Common symptoms of allergies are redness, itching, watery eyes, burning sensation, swelling of eyelids, etc.

Rubbing of the eyes can cause a scratch on your cornea.

So if you are participating in Holi, then protect your eyes and skin by following methods-

How you protect your skin from colors?

Wear clothes that cover a lot of your body. Use full sleeved clothes and long pants.

Apply coconut oil, olive oil, mustard oil or cream over the uncover skin and around your face before start your enjoyment. So that the color can be removed easily without any harm to your skin.

Use a thick coat of Vaseline or lip balm to protect your lips.

Use nail polish to protect your nails from synthetic colors.

Try to use gel based color as they easy to wash off.

Keep color away from the mouth because it can cause vomiting and could also lead to poisoning.

Finally, try to avoid using toxic colors, especially on children. Also, try to avoid using a dark color as they have tended to stick to the skin and difficult to remove.

Don’t participate in Holi if you are prone to any skin allergy or asthmatic.

How you protect your eyes?

Tie your hair or use a cap to prevent colored water dripping into the eyes. Better to cover your hair with a cap to decrease contact with colors. If dry or wet color enters into the eyes, then wash them immediately with plain lukewarm water. Continue flushing water for 10 minutes at least and keep your eyes tightly closed.

Use protective glass (White glasses or sunglasses on sunny days) while take participate in Holi. Glasses should be totally covered your eyes and wrap around the sunglasses.

Protect your eyes and skin on Holy
Use spectacle during holy

If you wear contact lenses then remove them before stepping out to play Holi.

Please touch or rub your eyes while playing Holi because through hand the color chemical can harm your eyes. It can cause irritation or temporary vision loss.

Don’t throw water balloons directly to someone face.  If anybody throwing a water balloon at you then turn back. Don’t encourage your child to do the same.

Teach your child to use his/her pichakaree away from other people’s faces, especially their eyes and ears.

Lastly consumes limited Bhang, the official drink for Holi. Overdoses of Bhang can increase blood pressure and psychosis. Never mix it with alcohol or consume it in empty stomach.

Keep anti-allergic tablet for safety purpose.

Keep local hospital, ambulance, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, pediatrician number for emergency purpose. These are the basic things about protect your eyes and skin on Holi.  

Wish you a happy and safe Holi 

Do periodic eye checkup. Check your eyes by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist today.

Krishnendu Mandal
Optometrist, Blogger, Blogging since Jan 2016

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