Applying chemical-laced ‘mehndi’ (henna) on the hands can cause serious side effects including skin infection, doctors said, cautioning girls and women against using it.
Mehndi dermatitis cases are on the rise in the city, said Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital here.
“We are getting 8 to 10 patients every day with serious side effects after applying mehndi on their hands,” he added.
“With the arrival of the festive and wedding season, the number of patients has increased. In the non-festive season, just one or two people come to us in a month with skin infection from mehndi. But after ‘karwa chauth’, it is on the rise,” Batra said
He advised girls and women not to use chemical-laced mehndi as it causes irritation and leaves scratch marks, which can have a life-long impact on the skin.