Everybody likes monsoon, within safety limits, as it gives us respite from the scorching summers but when it crosses the security levels, it becomes troublesome or even dangerous for people. While monsoon brings us joy and cool weather, it also creates problems like water logging and traffic jams creating a mess around us. There are certain health concerns during monsoon season which must not be ignored as water borne diseases spread very quickly. If you do not pay heed to your health, cleanliness and food hygiene, you might end up catching diseases like malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice, cholera and typhoid etc. Monsoon causes sudden change in temperature leads to viral infections, diseases and gastrointestinal infections. When people don’t care around their house and colony, it causes water logging problems which lead to mixing of drinking water and sewer water further leading to these diseases.
Although monsoon affects people of all age groups, those who are elderly and have lower immunity like uncontrolled diabetics, those on immune suppressive medicines and cancer patients who are undergoing treatments need to take extra care, and particularly kids who are under 5, need more cleaning than others since water borne diseases are common among them.
Some safety tips to be followed during monsoon
- Drinking water should be filtered or boiled and stored in hygienic place.
- Always eat well cooked food and give kids fresh and healthy foods before cooking food wash all vegetables properly.
- Eat green leafy vegetables, barely, oats and brown rice as they are easily digested, have curd instead of milk and drink plenty of water.
- Try to avoid spicy food, street food and especially uncooked foods like cut fruits, juice, other junk and deep fried foods, chats from road side vendors. As digestive system becomes weak during monsoon so eat easy to digest foods and only when you are hungry.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes that do not dry easily and apply talcum powder in body areas that are more prone to fungal infections and don’t wear wet shoes as this may cause feet infections.
- Use mosquito repellent products which are easily available in the market such as mosquito coils, odomos cream, mosquito mat and spray in order to stay protected from mosquitoes.
- You can also try homemade alternatives like camphor, dried neem leaves, or cloves to keep away insects like flies and termites.
- Change water of your cooler every week to avoid increasing production of mosquitoes. Also remove broken pots, cover open sumps, and make sure no overhead tanks are open to avoid mosquito breeding.
- Patients must take extra care during monsoon like for diabetics, it is advisable that they keep their feet dry and asthma patients, they must do breathing exercises.
- Always carry umbrellas or rain coats when you go out as it might rain anytime during monsoon season.
One must not forget that prevention is better than cure. So take preventive measures and maintain cleanliness, and stay fit and healthy this monsoon season.
Book appointment and meet the general physician
near you immediately in case of any sort of illness for more than a day.
Get blood test done
if the fever or headaches persist for more than two days after consulting with your doctor.