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Blue and Green Holi Colours may be Dangerous
Dr KK Aggarwal | 09 Mar 2012

Use natural herbal colors or it can cause serious health hazards said Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India. Other way is to use chandan ka tika. The deeper meaning behind the festival is to remove internal dirt from the body by spreading love and affection.

 

 

 Use natural herbal colors or it can cause serious health hazards said Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India.  Other way is to use chandan ka tika. The deeper meaning behind the festival is to remove internal dirt from the body by spreading love and affection.

 

Chemical colours, bhang and the indiscriminate use of alcohol, all can lead to health hazards.

 

An earlier report from the AIIMS has shown that green/bluish-green colours are associated with higher incidence of ocular toxicity.

 

In fact most “pleasing to eye” colours available in the market are toxic and could cause serious disorders.

 

Malachite green is extensively used in Holi and can cause severe eye irritation with epithelial defect upon exposure, though it usually does not penetrate through the cornea.

 

Apart, presence of cheap inorganic chemicals like mica, acids, alkalis, pieces of glass, not only induce skin disorders like abrasion, irritation or itching but can also impair vision, cause respiratory problems and also cancer.

 

The alkaline base of these colours can cause injuries, the severity of which depends upon the area of contact and the degree of penetration.

 

Broadly there are three categories of colours available in the market — pastes, dry powders and water colours. The hazard increases when these are mixed with oil and applied to the skin.

 

Most inorganic dry colours or gulals have two components — a colorant which may be toxic and a base, which could be asbestos or silica, both of which are capable of causing health hazards. While silica dries as well as chaps the skin, asbestos that is a known human carcinogen, can result in cancer.