The monsoon season brings with it a pleasant respite from the hot and scorching summer. The greens become brighter, the intoxicating smell of damp earth appears. Unfortunately, the rainy season lowers our immunity and brings with it many diseases and dangers. “To avoid this, you need to prepare ahead of time,” says Dr. Preity Goyal, Medical Director of vHealth by Aetna.
She talks about some of the diseases that are common this season and some tips to prevent them.
Extreme temperature fluctuations and high humidity during this time of the year make a person susceptible to many viruses that cause colds and flu. Eating a nutritious diet and immune-boosting foods during this time, avoiding unhealthy foods, and drinking plenty of water are essential to protect against viral infections. Herbal teas and warm honey water also protect the upper respiratory tract. Adequate sleep and exercise are surefire ways to boost your immune system.
Like humans, mosquitoes, ticks, bacteria, viruses and fungi also love the rainy season. This is a favorite breeding season for mosquitoes and ticks, which can carry diseases such as dengue, malaria, and artisanal typhus. Avoid any stagnant water in and around your homes and encourage others to keep this in mind as well. In case of fever, see a doctor immediately.
Typhoid fever and hepatitis A from contaminated food / water also become more common during this time. Use only filtered or boiled water and do not use water that has been stored for more than 24 hours.
Eat freshly prepared light snacks. Avoid raw vegetables, especially leafy vegetables, and check all vegetables and fruits for dirt, larvae, rot, etc. before eating. Wash all agricultural produce thoroughly.
Another problem this season is fungal infections, especially of the feet. Clean and dry your feet thoroughly every day, especially after being soaked in rainwater / mud. Avoid wearing wet shoes for extended periods.
Wash your clothing regularly and if possible, dry it in the sun and / or iron it before use. It kills fungal spores and prevents fungal infections of the skin.
For people prone to allergies, the rainy season can speed up or worsen their symptoms. Avoid contact with known allergens and always keep prescribed allergy medications on hand.
“With these little tips in mind, the rainy season can be enjoyable and memorable,” says the expert.