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.
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/