Natural disasters, like the recent hurricanes and the less-recent (but painfully memorable to New Yorkers) hurricane Sandy, bring a host of emergencies and problems, both large and small.
When it comes to the flooding that accompanies hurricanes it’s important to remember that your skin is at risk, and to protect yourself from the complications that can occur.
There are two reasons your skin is vulnerable when exposed to flood water. First, the water itself is usually a near-toxic stew of sewage, debris and chemicals. Those submerged cars and dumpsters–the contents of tanks and trash containers alone is a huge issue. Then, there’s the sewage from overtaxed and backed up drainage systems.
The water itself is murky, which makes skin vulnerable to the second hazard–hidden sharp objects.
Between the stuff in the water, and the time skin spends exposed to water, there’s a strong possibility of skin infection, traumatic skin disease, inflammation, rashes, burning sensations and boils.
So standing, sitting, wading through and cleaning up flood waters is, at best, a perilous thing to do. But, it’s also necessary if your home, or hometown, is flooded.
There are a few things you can do to minimize the dangers.
Here are the basics:
There’s no way to stop a hurricane, or a flood, or any other natural disaster.
The news coming out of Texas and Florida about hurricanes is a painful reminder about that.
With everything else there is to worry about, from evacuation to finding loved ones, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself, and protect your skin as much as possible.
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