The monsoon season has set in full swing and it is raining continuously. As much as you love seeing the rains, this season also brings along its share of health problems. Rains are known to make the climate pleasant, but at the same time proliferate the growth of bacteria, thereby causing diseases. The common victims are children and people with low immunity. So to cherish good health while enjoying the beauty of monsoon, here are some precautions to follow.
Follow Monsoon hygiene
Here are a few monsoon hygiene tips to follow this season:
- Be armed with umbrellas and rainwear to avoid getting wet in the rains and falling sick in monsoon.
- Wash your hands frequently. The monsoon makes the outdoors a breeding ground for bacteria. if you have been out and about in the rains, wash your hands with an antiseptic soap when you come indoors.
- Soak and scrub your wet feet clean and dry them well to avoid fungal infections.
- Take a shower if you get wet, getting drenched in the rains will cause your body temperature to drastically drop which will increase your risk of diseases. A hot shower is the best way to bring your body temperature back to normal and get rid of the germs you may have picked up after getting wet.
- Avoid walking in the rain that makes you prone to a host of viral diseases such as leptospirosis, while also making you more vulnerable to numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails.
Here are a few tips of eating healthy this monsoon:
- This monsoon drink only filtered and boiled water, within 24 hours of boiling. In order to keep germ attack at bay, drink lots of herbal tea like ginger tea, lemon tea etc.
- Choose curd over milk. Instead of milk, prefer to have curd or yogurt as it avoids any possibility of bad bacteria entering the body.
- Pay special attention before consuming any fruits and vegetables, especially leafy vegetables, because they play host to many larvae, dust and worms. The best option available is to soak them in salt water for about 10 minutes and then rinse them.
Avoid eating street food due as they can be filled with various germ causing diseases.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep you fit and other infections at bay.
- Avoid raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria and virus that cause bacterial and viral infections. Instead, opt for steamed salads.
- Avoid eating fried food that is difficult to digest. Also, the highly humid weather in monsoon can cause digestion process to slow down.
- Avoid too much of fish and meat this season. Go for light meat preparations like stew and soups.
- Drink enough water, regardless of your physical activity levels.
- Limit intake of caffeine and tea that dehydrate body fluids.
- Enjoy the monsoon rains the healthy way by eating good food and following certain precautionary measures.
Be mosquito safe!
Monsoon means mosquito activity is at its peak. It may lead to diseases like malaria, dengue or chikungunya too. Here are a few mosquito prevention tips:
1. Dump out any standing water near your home.
Mosquitoes can breed in just 14 days in a minute amount of water in an old flower pot, a rain gutter or bird bath.
2. Keep mosquitoes outside.
Use screens on the windows or air conditioning to keep mosquitoes from slipping in a window. Or if you don’t have screens, consider getting a fine mosquito net to hang over your bed or crib.
3. Use mosquito repellent.
Use safe and effective chemical repellents in your house or while stepping outdoors.
4. Wear light-coloured clothing, especially outdoors.
Apparently, deep colours – like black, deep blue and red – stand out so they attract bugs. Thicker fabrics and looser fits offer more protection than thin clothing that fits tightly.
Follow the above suggestions for a safe and healthy monsoon. In case of any joint pain, rashes or fever consult a doctor immediately. Please find below our website for assistance: