October 2, 2022

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THE FIRST RAINS, DESTROYER OF SKIN, HAIR AND IMMUNITY

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It sounds somehow to hear that getting wet in the first rains of the season can damage skin, hair and immunity. Yes, this true. People see rainfall as blessings due to its works on the environment ranging from washing away impurities in the air, waterways and general surroundings to cooling atmospheric temperature and supporting plant growth.

However, this water could also be an agent of destruction to lives and properties, especially the first rainfall of the season. This is not farfetched as there are evidences to support the claim. The strongest of all is the pollution state of the air. How? The water reacts or push down the pollutants hanging in the air down to the ground. For rain to have stopped for a longer period of time, acidic oxides, such as SO2, SO3, NOx, that are the cause of acid rain must have been deposited in the atmosphere. These oxides are very soluble in water which when in contact with the skin can cause cancer of the skin, destroy the hair and penetrate the body to affect body immunity.

During the dry season, heavy metals, which some of them affect the body immune system, also some are highly carcinogenic, must have migrated with the dust from the soil where they were deposited to tree leaves, house roofs and some hanging in the air.

With the first rain of the season, these materials are washed down to the skin, if one is in the rain, on vehicles and other places where they can be in contact with the skin. This leads to infections on the skin, hair and may penetrate to the tissues and harm the body’s immune system and other delicate parts of the body.

High atmospheric/surroundings temperature experienced during dry season must have resulted into decomposition of some nutrients and sent to the air, thereby releases gases and ions which the first rain water of the season washes down to where it can contact humans.

After few rainfalls, the atmosphere gets cleaned and the risk of contacting these toxic substances get reduced. So, avoiding contact with the first rains of the season should be encouraged not because the water used to be dirty but because of the hazard it has on human skin and the body system.

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