Indore: Amidst preparations for Holi festivities, city doctors warned residents against use of chemical colours and appealed to use natural colours for healthy way of enjoying the festival. Chest specialist Dr Pramod Jhawar said chemical- laced colours not only lead to skin diseases and allergies but also cause respiratory disorders.
It can also be the reason of cancer,” he said. Speaking about harmful effects of chemical colours, he said solvents like tetrathyline, lead, benzene and aromatic compounds are used in making colours that can cause pulmonary disorders.
Dark colours like red, black and green have high content of mercury, sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate can cause skin cancer and asthma. “Most people are unaware of chemicals used in common colours and their side effects. It can also lead to rashes and allergy.
Hair can become brittle and dry if not washed immediately after colours are applied,” Dr Jhawar added. Dermatologist Dr Shuken Dashore appealed to people to take precaution while using dry colours as they are harmful and can cause skin burn and irritation.• “The week that follows Holi sees a 40 per cent rise in certain medical conditions – rashes and allergies, mostly in children and young adults.
If one wants to enjoy Holi without risk, try homemade natural colours like turmeric, which gives yellow colour. It can be mixed with gram flour to increase volume or with the beetroot,” Dr Dashore said. The experts suggested that flowers like marigold or yellow chrysanthemums can be crushed to get yellow colour. Henna and leaves of gulmohar can also be dried and powered to get a nice green hue and dried rose petals can be substituted for red.