Health authorities expressed concern about a skin disease spreading in several areas including the North Central Province.
Dr, Hema Weerakoon of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital said the disease identified as TINEA caused by a fungus was spreading fast.
She pointed out that the environmental effects, allergy to medicines, self-medication and community activities could result in the infection. The Doctor said that men, women and children of all ages had contracted the disease.
She stressed the need to obtain treatment under medical advice for about six months to recover from the disease or else the infection could worsen. She was of opinion that the use of steroid or drugs containing steroid could result in adverse effects. (Atula Bandara)