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Monsoon Health Precautions

Monday, June 20th, 2022

With the rains and the cool breeze, the monsoon brings a refreshing change to the environment. However, the rainy season may also make you sick because of the high humidity levels, mosquito breeding, water logging and infectious bacteria and viruses in the environment. Some of the most common infectious monsoon diseases are malaria, dengue fever, influenza, chikungunya, and leptospirosis. You will be surprised to know that in the last six years in Mumbai, leptospirosis has killed more people than malaria and dengue. During this period, this disease has caused death in 70 people, while dengue fever has caused death in 55 people and malaria 38 people respectively. It is time to be cautious and take the necessary health precautions this season to protect yourself and your family.

Monsoon Precautions

Follow these health precautions to protect yourself from common monsoon diseases:

  • Keep mosquitoes away
    Keep your surroundings clean and clear any stagnant water to help discourage breeding grounds for mosquitoes that are carriers for several life-threatening diseases. Use insect repellents, fumigate your area, and wear full sleeved clothes to protect yourself from dengue and malaria.
  • Keep your hands clean
    Infectious diseases such as cold, cough and flu tend to spread easily from one person to another through contaminated hands. As a result, it is critical that you keep your hands clean at all times. Encourage children to practice good hand hygiene because they are at a higher risk of contracting monsoon-related illnesses.
  • Wear good quality footwear
    One of the most important precautions to take during the rainy season is to wear rain appropriate footwear that is comfortable, well-fitting and does not easily slip. This helps reduce the risk of accidental falls and injuries.
  • Avoid street foods
    Outside foods tend to be prepared in unhygienic conditions and are prone to various infestations. The vegetables and water used to make the roadside food might get exposed to constant humidity and can even be contaminated. It is recommended that you consume home-prepared foods to stay healthy this season.
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables 
    Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water to remove the dirt and germs. It is also advisable to consume vegetables that have been thoroughly cooked or boiled.
  • Do not delay diagnostic tests
    Many diseases show common symptoms of fever, cold-like symptoms, joint and muscle pain. Avoid self-medications as this may delay the diagnosis and further treatment. Get the diagnostic tests done as recommended by your doctor on time.

Monsoon – Healthy eating tips

The right diet can help strengthen your immunity and reduces your risk of getting seasonal infections. Here are a few healthy eating tips for monsoon:

  • Drink boiled water
    The monsoon season sees an increase in cases of digestive disorders due to high chances of water contamination. It is safe to use a water purifier or drink boiled water at all times. When you step outdoors, carry your own bottle.
  • Keep yourself well-hydrated
    Dehydration is a risk during the monsoon season. As a result, staying hydrated during the monsoon is essential for maintaining good health and avoiding seasonal diseases. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water as well as nutritious beverages like nimbu paani or fruit smoothies.
  • Load up on probiotics
    It is recommended that you maintain a healthy gut flora at all times. Consume enough probiotics, such as curd, yoghurt, and other fermented foods. This maintains a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the stomach.
  • Eat in moderation
    Consuming excessive amounts of food during the rainy season is not suggested because the body takes a long time to digest the meal owing to the high humidity levels. It may also cause bloating, acidity, and indigestion. Eat smaller meals frequently during the day.
  • Sip warm drinks
    As the weather is pleasant, you may not be thirsty as much; but during the rainy season, remember to drink lots of water. A sufficient amount of water will aid in the removal of toxins from the body. Turmeric milk, herbal tea, soups are all hot drinks that will keep you warm and also soothe your throat.
  • Increase your vitamin C intake
    Vitamin C is known to strengthen your immunity and helps fight seasonal infections. Eat oranges, lemons, amla, fresh vegetables, and broccoli for a vitamin C-rich diet.

Take these health precautions to protect yourself and your family from common monsoon illnesses. In case of any medical assistance or diagnostic tests, feel free to consult our doctors. Call 022 42696969 for appointments or visit the below link for further details: https://www.kokilabenhospital.com/

Monsoon Diseases

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

The last few months have been difficult for everyone. The world has been struggling to fight a pandemic and learning the rules of the new normal.  The norms of personal hygiene, sanitization, and physical distancing has gained importance than ever before. The much-awaited monsoon season has certainly brought joy to many people. Are you looking forward to enjoying a hot cup of tea as you see the raindrops from your window? However this joy is short-lived. This cool season arrives with a swarm of unwanted and harmful viruses and diseases. Cold and cough, malaria, dengue, diarrhoea, fever, typhoid are some of the diseases which are commonly seen in monsoon.

Common Monsoon Diseases
Some of the common monsoon illnesses that are highly infectious and which may also prove life-threatening if not attended to on time.

  • Malaria
    Malaria, caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium, is one of the major health concerns in India during monsoons. It is the breeding season for mosquitoes (type: Anopheles minimus) that is a host to this malaria-causing parasite. Symptoms include high fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting.
  • Typhoid
    Typhoid fever is a result of contaminated food and water. This is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella typhi. Maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation and at the same time using clean water is recommended to avoid this infection.
  • Chikungunya
    Chikungunya, caused by the Aedes albopictus mosquito, is a non-fatal viral disease. These mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and can bite you not only during the night but also during the day. The symptoms include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rashes.
  • Dengue
    It is caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes known as the tiger mosquito, which has black and white stripes on their body. Symptoms of dengue include severe joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, rashes, and exhaustion.
  • Cholera
    This is a water-borne infection, caused by many strains of bacteria called Vibrio cholera. Cholera affects the gastrointestinal tract causing severe dehydration and diarrhoea. Hence, it is advisable to drink boiled or purified water to keep the germs at bay.
  • Viral Fever
    Sudden weather change can cause viral fevers. This is highly contagious and it can spread through air and physical contact. The symptoms of this fever are fatigue, chills, body aches, and fever.
  • Leptospirosis
    The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Avoid walking through flooded waters as this infection enters your body through minor cuts on your skin.
  • Cold and cough
    The drastic fluctuation of temperature which happens during this rainy season makes the body susceptible to bacterial and viral attacks, resulting in cold and flu. This is the most common form of viral infection. One must consume highly nutritious foods and strengthen your immunity.
  • Diarrhoea
    Usually, towards the end of summer and early rainy season, seasonal diarrhea is common. This is spread through contaminated food and water. Maintain utmost hygiene while cooking and avoid eating outside food during monsoon.
  • Jaundice
    Jaundice is a condition wherein the colour of the skin and the eyes turn yellow. It is the cause of increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream. Jaundice harms your liver if left untreated.

Preventive Measures

Prevention is better than cure, take these health precautions during monsoon to help prevent the spread of monsoon illnesses. Here are a few health tips:

  • Drink safe and clean water.
  • Wash vegetables, fruits thoroughly.
  • Avoid eating outside food.
  • Use mosquito repellents.
  • Wear clean and dry garments.
  • Use hand sanitizers.
  • Use mosquito nets in your house
  • Clear stagnant water around your house.
  • Maintain high personal hygiene.

Make sure you protect yourself and your family from these dangerous diseases this monsoon season. However, despite your best efforts if you are infected with any monsoon illness please seek medical care. You can visit us or consult our experts online too. For more information please visit www.kokilabenhospital.com