By Afshan Zahra
Observed on 1st Shawwal, Eid ul Fitr is our glorious religious festival that marks the end of our thirty days forbearance and fasts. One of the special charms of the prodigious celebrations of this festival is application of Mehendi by women especially young girls, usually on Chand Raat, an auspicious night prior to Eid.
Though Mehendi adds more color and bloom to the already vibrant events and festivities, it can cause harm and serious side effects as claimed by different researches.
According to research, applying chemical-laced mehndi (henna) on the hands can cause skin infection like “Mehendi dermatitis” or leave scratch marks which can have lifelong impact on skin because agents do not use plain henna but add harsh chemicals to make it darker.
Reviews and assessments by doctors and dermatologists state that skin infections due to synthetic mehendi cause swelling, itching, inflammation, blisters, broken skin, scarring and redness. Allergic reactions may also occur such as hives, runny nose, wheezing, and asthma.
Thus, it is better to use natural or plain henna instead of the synthetic one. Just in case you experience any such symptom you should see a doctor as soon as possible to avoid any serious consequences.