Monsoon is a humid season that can make you vulnerable to various bacterial and viral infections. Take a look at the various monsoon health hazards and their prevention.
Monsoon is the most awaited season due to its pleasant weather. The rainy season is also a dreaded season for the health hazards, such as infections and diseases that it accompanies. Diseases such as malaria, respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, polio, typhoid and common cold are common during monsoons.
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Health concerns during monsoons
- Diseases and infections of different kinds spread during monsoons and range from common cold to typhoid.
- Among common illnesses that spread during rains are respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, dysentery, hepatitis, cholera, polio and typhoid.
- Malaria is the most common disease associated with the rainy season. Ensure that your house and surroundings are clean to avoid air-borne or water-borne infections.
- Sudden drop in temperature may also influence one’s health, especially of those, who are allergic to cold, asthmatic or diabetic.
- Monsoons trigger breathing problems. Dampness in the air promotes growth of fungus that may be inhaled by individuals. It may also lead to pneumonia.
- A person suffering from allergic rhinitis may develop swollen turbinates (tissues inside the nasal wall that may block nostrils and cause breathing difficulties. If allergic rhinitis remains untreated, the patient may also develop critical health concerns, such as sinusitis, headache, asthma and other health complications.
- Children with a weak immune system are prone to several viral infections during monsoons. The risk of developing mumps, measles, sore throat and runny nose in children is also high in monsoon.
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To shield yourself from health hazards during monsoon, you need to take the following steps:
- Contact with dirty water should be avoided. Most of the monsoon infections are water-borne and may cause fungal and bacterial infections.
- Feet and nails should be kept clean so that infections do not manifest.
- Don’t get tempted to eat street food. Ensure proper hygiene to stay healthy during monsoons.
- Prevent cold and cough by keeping yourself warm and dry.
- If your clothes are wet or damp, do not enter air-conditioned premises.
- A strong insect-repellent should be applied to keep mosquitoes away. Moreover, a dosage of anti-malarial drugs during monsoon will protect you against the risk of malaria.
- Ensure that your feet remain dry.
- Herbal teas with anti-bacterial properties will be an apt food choice for monsoons to boost your immunity.
- If you are an asthmatic or diabetic, ensure that the walls of your house are not damp. Dampness promotes fungal growth.
- Don’t stay out for too long during monsoon as this will expose you to the harmful weather conditions.
- Poor sanitation is another prominent cause to spread diseases and infections during monsoons. Therefore, sanitary standards should be maintained.
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