CURRENT ISSUE • JULY - DECEMBER 2016 • VOLUME VOL 19
 

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Forgotten “KANGRI” Related Severe Erythema Ab Igni

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60 year old male resident of Kashmir who works on boats in scenic Dal Lake of Kashmir. He earns his livelihood by selling goods to tourists in this lake. He has to work in extreme cold conditions in the lake when temperatures touch minus 10 to 15 degree C. Sometimes the lake freezes into ice platform which at places is a meter thick. Centuries ago Kashmiris have invented “KANGRI” which is earthen ware pot decorated and protected with wickerwork. Wood charcoal is put inside this earthenware and lit. As the coal burns a layer of ash is put on burning coal to dampen the intensity of heat. To increase the intensity of heat a spatula like wooden or brass handle is attached to the “KANGRI” which exposes the burning coal under the ash layer to intensify the heat. This “KANGRI” can be used under long robe named PHERAN worn by Kashmiris during winter to keep themselves warm. Our patient was using “KANGRI” at high intensity for prolonged periods to keep himself warm against chilly winter.