If the summer heat and hot temperatures take a toll on our body, then the humidity levels and the stagnation of water during the monsoons can also cause several health problems. So as the monsoon makes its presence felt once again, we give you some valuable monsoon health care tips.
Health scares during monsoon
- High humidity levels and dampness increase the risk of fungal infections. Skin and nails are the main body organs, which are prone to fungal infections because of regular exposure to water.
- Body ache, fever and running nose are the most common health scares during monsoons due to cold and humid weather conditions.
- General health problems include viral infections, Dengue, Malaria, Typhoid, Chikungunya, Gastroenteritis, Conjunctivitis, Hepatitis A, allergies and colds and cough.
- Food poisoning and contamination of food can cause Diarrhea.
- Chronic health problems like Bronchitis and Arthritis tend to act up in this season mainly due to the fall in temperatures.
General health care tips for monsoon
- Keep your body warm and dry, especially your feet, to avoid fungal infection.
- Use anti-fungal talcum powder to protect your skin from fungal infection.
- Do not stay in wet clothes for too long as it can lead to fungal infection as well as a viral fever and body ache.
- Drink plenty of water (purified) because high humidity levels tend to damage the skin. It can also cause dehydration.
- Avoid eating either street food or dining out in unhygienic places as virus and bacteria thrive under these conditions during the rains.
- Take a bath once a day (in hot water) to wash off impurities and to ward off skin infections.
- Keep your home clean and do not allow stagnant water (source of breeding of mosquitoes, which are the main disease carriers during monsoons) to accumulate around the house.
- Consult a doctor if a fever lasts for more than two days, as it could be a symptom of malaria or typhoid.
- Wear cotton clothes and loose clothes to keep your body well ventilated.
- Use rainwear and raingear when you step out to keep yourself dry and to stay warm. This would help in fending off fever and common colds.
- Consume moderate quantity of food, as digestion levels are low during this season. Also, do not keep food exposed to air for too long as it can get spoilt due to high humidity levels.
- If you suffer from asthma or diabetes, avoid staying anywhere with damp walls. It promotes the growth of fungus and can be especially harmful. Diabetic patients need to take extra care of their feet during the monsoon season. These patients should take specific care, as not to walk barefoot since the soil on which they walk is a reservoir of all types of germs.
- Wash your hands before handling food, after eating food and after visiting the toilet. Maintain good personal hygiene. Keep antiseptic liquids like dettol or savlon handy and use for washing off mud or dirt that usually gets splashed around. Don't just wash your hands but also your feet to avoid itching, rashes and skin infections.
- Keeping yourself and your immediate surroundings clean, quickly changing to dry clothes and enjoying piping hot food or beverages, go a long way to lift your spirits.
- Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
- Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads. Because the possibility to get caught by germs increases.
- Those who are prone to get joint pains and arthritis, better to avoid sitting or lying down on floor. Skin contact with a cold surface will cause aggravation of pain.
- Because it is not possible for out-door activities, you need to take special care to have indoor physical activities. Don't let laziness grow on you.
We hope that these expert tips help you to enjoy a healthier and ailment-free monsoon.