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Dont Bath With Hot Water During Harmattan Period To Avoid The Following Skin Issues


The Harmattan is a season in the West Africansubcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by the dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea. The name is related to the word haramatain the Twi language.


The temperature is cold in most places, but can also be hot in certain places, depending on local circumstances.The Harmattan blows during the dry season, which occurs during the lowest-sun months. In this season the subtropical ridge of high pressure stays over the central Sahara Desert and the low-pressure Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) stays over the Gulf of Guinea. On its passage over the Sahara, the harmattan picks up fine dust and sand particles (between 0.5 and 10 microns).

It’s that time of the year again when the dry air attacks our nostrils, there’s dust everywhere and the skin tends to get ashy quickly. The Harmattan season is characterised by dry, draughty air, dust and cold

As we all know that harmattan is here again and many people might not be able to make do with cold water to bath in the morning and this makes them resort to warm water as an easy way out.

However, there are some unpleasant effects of bathing with warm water and they’re as follows;

Burns and Skin Injuries
Many people when bathing with hot water can decide if the temperature is too hot and adjust it accordingly. However, infants, babies and elderly are at a greater risk. Babies and senior citizens for instance have sensitive skin that can suffer much damage from hot water.
People with diabetes and other skin condition might have damaged skin receptors. As a result, they might not be able so sense when temperature is too high for them. This leads to burn. Should there be open wound, for instance, hot water will worsen it.

Reduced Blood Pressure
High temperature causes the blood vessel near the skin to shrink. This reduces the amount of blood that can flow thus causing a drop in blood pressure. If the extent of the blood pressure drop is reasonable, the heart might try to compensate for it by pumping harder.
The effect of this is glaring. If your heart is weak, the extra work might cause more problems. Even if you have a healthy heart, you might feel lightheaded. This is why people faint in extreme cases. There are cases of people slumping while bathing.

Dizziness
It was established above that warm water causes a drop in blood pressure. This also affects the flow of blood to the brain. As a result, someone might feel lightheaded while bathing. This could affect the sense of balance which might trigger a fall.

Heat Loss and Gain
The body expels heat through the skin. Should there be excessive heat in the body, the blood vessels dilate, causing heat loss. While having a hot both, it affects the ability of the skin to effectively dissipate heat. This might cause you to overheat; especially of it is a long bath.
After a hot bath, the skin vessels dilate which makes the body lose too much heat. As a result, of the surrounding temperature is pretty low, it could result in hypothermia. This is common with the aged.

In conclusion, the idea is not discourage warm bathing but to try drive home appoint which is that bathing with warm water should not be the norm. This way, you can checkmate any ill effect that might want to arise.
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