Monsoon sure does bring the much needed relief from the sweltering heat to the summer but it also brings its own set of problems along. With rains and rise in humidity, a number of viral, bacterial and fungal infections become active. Cases of dengue, malaria, conjunctivitis and a series of viral infections rise. The humid weather may also cause dehydration.
Do follow some healthcare tips to have a hale and hearty monsoon:
Guard against mosquitoes: Stagnated water provides mosquitoes and vectors a medium to breed and humidity in the air provide them ideal atmosphere to grow. This vector borne diseases wreak havoc in the monsoon season.
- Prevent any water stagnation in your surroundings, including your own garden area, lawns and air coolers.
- Wear clothes that cover you up most. Keep your shorts, sleeveless dresses and skirts away for a couple of months.
- Use mosquito repellants everywhere, even in workplaces. Keep a mosquito repellant cream in your bag and apply it on your feet and hands.
- Mosquitoes also breed in cars. Make sure you spray mosquito repellants in your cars every night to prevent breeding.
Drink sufficient water: High levels of humidity mean that we sweat a lot in monsoon. Dehydration is a logical outcome. “Keeping yourself hydrated is essential during monsoon as it is throughout the year. Drink sufficient quality of water to keep your body and skin hydrated. This also gives the body resilience to fight infections and prevents dehydration. Adequate water also helps flush out toxins,” says Dr Wasim Ahmed Sachora, Internal Medicine, and Columbia Asia Hospital-Ahmedabad.
Prevent bacterial and fungal infections: Monsoon is a season when a lot of bacterial and fungal infections thrive because the temperature and moisture in the environment is suitable for their growth. To prevent infections of the skin, it is important to avoid keeping your skin wet for longer duration. Dampness triggers fungal infections. Use anti-bacterial soaps, creams and talc to keep bacterial and fungal problems at bay, especially if you are susceptible to infections.
Avoid oily food and food cooked outside: Indigestion also happens to be one of the major problems that occur during monsoon. “When humidity is high, the body’s capability to digest weakens. When your digestive system tends to weaken, heavy foods can upset stomach easily. You do not want to upset your stomach and make it more susceptible to infections. The mantra is to eat light and easily digestible foods. Avoid food cooked outside in conditions you are not aware of,” adds Dr Sachora.
Keep your eyes clean: Viral infections of the eyes like conjunctivitis are another concern during these months. While you cannot escape the viruses that are in the sir, you can certainly keep your eyes clean to minimize the chances of infection. Wash your hands with soap and eyes thoroughly with water the moment you enter home. Drop rosewater in your eyes every night before sleeping.
Build immunity: The best way to fight infections is to strengthen your body from inside and this can best be done with correct food intake. Consume a lot of citrus fruits and leafy vegetables to keep your body vibrant and strong from within. Fill up your plate with apples, pears and pomegranates. Use garlic in food. Eat yoghurt regularly.
Follow the basic rules of hygiene religiously: During monsoon, infections are in the air. So, the more you keep yourself clean, the lesser the chances of acquiring them. The ideal way is to immediately rush to the washroom as soon as you enter home, wash your hands, and face thoroughly, have a bath is possible and dry yourself well. This will wash off any virus or bacteria you may have caught on your skin.