Monsoon diseases and how to avoid them
By Nmami Agarwal
Who doesn’t like rains? Monsoon brings along an array of tasty fried food, tea, and diseases to watch out for too. It is not called flu season for no reason. It is the best time to put the phrase “prevention is better than cure” into action. Do not be tricked by the whole vibe of calm raindrops falling over your window. You’d know that monsoon also brings along the most discomforting diseases which, when not taken proper care of, can last for a long period of time. The health issues in this season range from internal damage to skin breakouts as well. With the rise in the humidity level, germs tend to trigger excessive oil secretion which causes numerous skin problems. Here is a list of common diseases and their prevention tips:
This dangerous disease is commonly caused by mosquitoes born in contaminated water of air conditioners, coolers, or any source of stagnant water. It is transmitted through a mosquito which is capable of infecting during days as well as nights. The most standard symptoms of chikungunya are joint pains and fever. The best way to prevent it is to clear out any traces of stagnant water and generous spray of insect repellent. If you’re affected by this disease, consume substantial amounts of water and get regular check-ups. Don’t eat outside food and try to jump back to your regular cycle. Coconuts, green leafy vegetables, soups and homemade dals are ideal for consumption.
Diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pains are the most common ailments that a person is prone to during this season. This is caused by consumption of contaminated food and liquid, usually street food. During this time, it is suggested to avoid consuming food from an untrustworthy source. Yes, even that plate of pakoras you’re about to buy. If you’re suffering from these problems, drink boiled water, eat homemade healthy food and avoid anything which would harm your stomach even further. Consume apple cider vinegar, bananas, rice, cinnamon and turmeric as they help with the symptoms.
Jaundice is one of the most common diseases to be affected with during this weather. It is again spread due to consumption of unhygienic food and liquid. Its symptoms include yellow urine, weakness, vomiting, yellowing of eyes and liver dysfunction. If you find these symptoms similar to what you’re suffering then rush to the doctor immediately. As mentioned above, stick to homemade boiled food and water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water and opt for high fiber food like oatmeal, berries, and almonds. Opt for fruits like mango and papaya which help in producing digestive enzymes.
This infection is caused by wearing ill-fitted and wet shoes. It is a contagious infection that affects the skin on the feet which causes itching and burning between toes resulting in scaly skin and blisters. This fungal infection is caused by visiting wet public places barefoot, keeping your feet wet for a long period of time, having a skin or nail injury in foot. Being contagious, it can be spread by having direct contact with an infected person. It can be cured by over-the-counter medicines but home remedies like vinegar and salt water can also help. Applying tea tree oil to the infected area also works.
So this monsoon, do enjoy the beauty of this weather but don’t forget to protect yourself from these diseases with the correct preventive measures and a healthy diet.
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