Dr. Kapil Tyagi, Director of ‘Kapil Tyagi Ayurveda Clinic’ located at E-260 Sector 27, Noida. According to the WHO, not taking precautions while playing with colors can increase the risk of major health problems ranging from allergies to respiratory infections. Holi colors contain various chemicals, which can harm the eyes, skin and even internal organs like kidney and liver.
Holi colors are full of dangerous chemicals
Holi colors are made of hazardous chemicals like mercury, asbestos, silica, mica and lead which are toxic to the skin and eyes. Exposure to these harmful substances can have devastating effects on the respiratory system and internal organs.
Holi colors can damage the eyes
The doctor told that lead is present in the colors of Holi. If it accidentally enters the eye, it can cause decreased efficiency of rod photoreceptors, blurred vision, eye irritation, and an increased risk of cataracts and optic neuritis. This dangerous chemical can damage the pupil of the eye, which can increase the risk of blindness.
Chromium is used in Holi colours, which can also cause respiratory problems. If the color accidentally enters the mouth, it can increase the risk of diseases like asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Can have bad effect on kidney-liver
Holi colors contain mercury, which can affect the health of your internal organs like kidneys and liver. Apart from this, the silica present in them can dry the skin.
Holi colors contain heavy metals, broken glass pieces, chemicals and pesticides. It is often seen that many people complain of bacterial skin infections, skin allergies, rashes, itching, burning and hives after playing with Holi colours.
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- Use only organic colors on Holi, moisturize your skin or apply oil.
- For the eyes, use good sunscreen, sunglasses and avoid wearing contact lenses.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes as this may cause irritation or other eye problems.
- Wear full-sleeved clothes, don’t rub your eyes, and avoid using balloons.
- After playing with colors, do not use detergent, spirit, nail polish remover, alcohol or acetone to remove the colors.
- Use soap recommended by the doctor, do not scrub and just moisturize the skin.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot be a substitute for any medicine or treatment in any way. Always consult your doctor for more details.