After the scorching summer heat, the monsoon rain is definitely a welcome change. But, once we’re done appreciating the cool breeze and low temperature, we often find ourselves having to fight viral infections and numerous diseases like malaria, cholera, dengue and chikungunya. Dealing with these health issues can be difficult, but with our handy tips, you can work on prevention rather than cure. Let’s take a look at the most common issues we all face during the monsoons and how we can immunise ourselves against them:
1. Contaminated Water
From Kozhikode to Mumbai, contaminated water is an issue that most Indian cities face during the monsoons. While the government is doing what it can to repair pipelines as quickly as possible, it’s up to us to ensure that our water is safe to drink. In the rainy season, it’s always safest to boil your water before consumption. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it could save you from a host of stomach infections.
2. Mosquito Breeding Grounds
Even the smallest pools of stagnant water can become breeding grounds for mosquitos carrying diseases like dengue and malaria. A single bite is enough to land you in hospital for days or even weeks on end. Thankfully, there is a way to keep our homes and environments fairly mosquito-free.
Firstly, we need to make sure that there aren’t any stagnant pools of water in and around our homes. Filled buckets or un-used swimming pools should be emptied and cleaned to keep insects away. Secondly, we can protect ourselves by using mosquito repellents whenever we’re outdoors. That’s it – two small steps could potentially save us from a visit to the doctor.
3. Viral Infections
Once the monsoon hits, it’s common for people to suffer from coughs and colds that eventually escalate into a high fever. A viral can give your immunity a real beating and the only way to avoid these infections is by staying as dry and healthy as possible. A good place to start is by changing out of any wet clothes as quickly as possible. Once you’re dry, snack on seasonal fruits and fresh, home-cooked meals to keep your immune system going strong. In this case, an apple a day really will help you keep the doctor away.
4. Bacterial Infections
The muddy and dirty water that we sometimes have to walk through could be a breeding ground for bacteria like Leptospirosis, which can lead to kidney damage, meningitis and respiratory distress. If you’ve managed to step into a puddle while out and about, make sure you wash your feet and legs with warm water and a disinfectant as soon as possible. It’s the only way to stop the bacteria from spreading an infection through your body.
With a little extra care and attention, you can stay healthy during the rains and thoroughly enjoy the monsoon season.