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Dermatologist on tips to prevent skin damage due to masks and over use of sanitisers

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COVID-19 is a viral infection, which has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) thus leading to lockdown in most parts pf the world.

Wearing face masks and washing hands regularly are the key steps to prevent COVID-19. We are now washing our hands more frequently and using sanitisers multiple times a day. Many people are wearing masks for longer duration while stepping out.

Although these steps are essential in controlling the spread of COVID-19, many people are experiencing drying of skin, skin irritation and damage. Dermatologist Dr Tulika Arbat said, I am regularly attending to patients via video consultation complaining of skin problems related to masks and sanitisers. Making a few skin care changes for your hands and face can help counteract these effects.

Dr Tulika Arbat

Dr Tulika Arbat

? Skin problems related to masks

Wearing masks for long hours can lead to chafing of skin on the nose and cheeks. Sometimes it leads to itchiness, dryness around chin, lips or behind the ears. The sweat under the mask can lead to acne breakouts. This is often the complaint from people who need to wear masks at their work place, like people working in hospitals, salons, retail stores and policemen.

1. Adopt a regular skin care routine. Cleanse and moisturise your face before and after using a mask. It is essential to use products labelled non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog skin pores. Choose hydrating moisturisers if you have an oily skin.

2. To prevent or relieve skin injuries caused by pressure or friction from masks, a thin layer of zinc oxide can soothe and protect skin. Zinc oxide is a skin protectant often used for diaper rash or severely chapped skin. Use it on the bridge of your nose or behind your ears. You can also try placing a bandage between the skin pressure points and the mask. Just make sure your mask fits well and solves the purpose of infection barrier.

3. Blister care: If a blister forms, keep it clean and apply antibiotic ointment. Use a bandage to create a protective barrier between the blister and the mask.

4. Don’t ignore acne. If you develop acne, cleanse your skin regularly. Use a water-soluble moisturizer. Avoid popping or squeezing pimples, which can contribute to inflammation and infection of the area. Get a video consultation with your dermatologist for acne treatment.

? Skin problems related to hand sanitisers and frequent hand washing

One of the most important things you can do to protect against COVID-19 is to keep your hands clean and free from germs. The WHO recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Repeated hand washing can strip your hands of their natural oils, leading to dry, cracked skin.

1. Be gentle on your hands. Use cool or lukewarm water with soap to wash your hands. Hot water isn’t any more helpful against germs and can increase skin damage.

2. Moisturise as much as possible. After washing your hands, gently rinse and pat them dry. Right after, apply plenty of moisturiser. If your hands still feel dry after a minute or so, apply more.

3. Use a moisturiser that’s hypoallergenic and free of fragrances and dyes that can irritate your skin. Keep the moisturiser handy ? next to bathroom and kitchen sinks, in your car or at your workspace. Make it easy to repeat this critical step.

4. Wear gloves when cleaning while using surface disinfectants to protect your skin from damage.

5. Don’t ignore early skin protection. Even if your hands don’t feel dry or chapped, be sure to moisturise them regularly. Preventing skin irritation from developing in the first place is more effective than trying to catch up later when skin is already broken and cracked.

? Severe Skin problems

Some people may develop cracked skin that starts to bleed, blisters turning into ulcers or becoming infected, or have a serious skin reaction.

1. Consult your doctor promptly. Damaged skin can increase your risk of infection and you may need more something than home care. Treatment may include prescription medicines and skin therapies.

2. Maintain good health habits. Remember, the overall state of your
health shows up on your skin. Get enough sleep, eat right and exercise
regularly for healthy skin.

? Protection from COVID-19

Don’t forget to follow basic precautions of social distancing, wearing masks, regular hand wash with soap or hand sanitisers and consult a doctor if you experience symptoms of cough, sneezing, fever, body ache. 

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

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