Rain gods have already started smiling and will be smiling soon in some parts of India -- bringing with it respite from harsh heat and cool breeze. The greenest season ushers in a lot of joy and happiness for everyone. But of course, it also brings with it bottomless potholes, waterlogged streets and endless traffic jams that line up the city life.
Are we forgetting anything else?
Well, a sturdy umbrella and faithful raincoat may accompany you on cloudy days, keeping you warm and dry.
This happy season is also the one where a lot of health concerns crop up. There's more evil threat from which you must protect yourself and your loved ones. Remember, the damp and stagnant pools of water that line up the urban dwellings? They’re the ideal breeding grounds for disease-causing mosquitoes giving rise to vector and water-borne disease.
Here are top 4 monsoon related health concerns that you should be worried about
One of the most common monsoon-related disease, malaria, is caused by the bite of an infected anopheles mosquito which breeds in filthy stagnant water. Characterized by fever, body ache, and chills/sweating, malaria, a few weeks after being bitten. If left untreated may lead to jaundice, severe anemia and in extreme cases even liver and kidney failure.
Although there are antimalarial drugs, no medication is 100% effective, prevention of mosquito bites is of paramount importance.
Dengue is a viral infection that's carried by mosquitoes and causes fever, body aches, joint pain, and rashes on skin. It is spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito, recognized through its black and yellow stripes. The mosquito is active during the early morning or at dawn and typically bites during the same time.
The mosquito is also known to spread the Chikungunya fever virus.
Dengue most commonly occurs in India during the few months after the on-set of monsoon, as well as post-monsoon season. Unfortunately, there aren't any medicines that may help prevent or cure the dengue fever. As the virus is transmitted through a mosquito bite, it is important to use a strong insect repellent containing DEET. This will prevent the person from getting bitten by the mosquito.
As a word of caution, you must avoid wearing perfume and aftershave, and wear light-colored loose clothing.
In most individuals, the time-course of dengue involves a period of 10-14 days incubation, which is followed by up to a week of acute symptoms, as well as few days of recovery. The symptoms for typical dengue infection disappear in about two weeks’ time.
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During the monsoon season, one of the biggest reasons for absenteeism in offices and schools is the occurrence of common cold and flu. It is because the virus that causes viral fever thrives in humid atmosphere; and such conditions are prevalent at most during the monsoon season.
Important thing to remember is that staying in wet clothes for long period of time along with a prolonged exposure to humid air increases the chances of catching a cold.
To treat viral fever, boil ginger, tulsi
leaves, and honey and drink the juice.
The rainy season is also a season of allergies.
Wet clothes and moisture in air often lead to allergies and infections, which may further cause conjunctivitis, rashes and itching in skin.
This is also the reason why we must stay away from spicy as well as street food during monsoon season as they may result in food poisoning.
Doctors encourage the intake of vitamin C found in citrus fruits like lemon in the diet as it helps to build resistance against infections and diseases.
Why prevention is always better than cure during monsoons?
While almost anyone can fall prey to these diseases, children are most likely to get affected in this season. It is important to understand that the treatment of these diseases can leave a significant dent in your pockets. They may even keep you away from work for a few days, and if proper care is not taken, can also become life-threatening.
Follow these precautions during monsoons to avoid falling ill -
Prevent water logging in your locality. If water needs to be stored at home in buckets, ensure it is covered all the time.
Use mosquito screens, nets, fibre glass meshes or magnetic insect repellent screens to cover windows.
Avoid getting wet in rains and apply mosquito repellent.
Keep your surroundings dry and clean.
For people suffering from asthma or diabetes, they must avoid staying anywhere near the wet walls. It is because wet walls promote the growth of fungus.
Try to keep your body warm. This is because viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.
Stay safe and enjoy the rains. :)
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