The monsoons are a much-needed change from the scorching summer heat, but this beautiful season brings with it a lot of infections and illnesses. Through education and proper precautionary measures we can avoid sickness. It’s not just about avoiding street food or water-logged areas, but you need to take extra care of yourself to make it a healthy monsoon.
Follow these tips and stay safe!
1. Follow a healthy diet
During monsoons, the digestive system is prone to infections, so make sure whatever you eat is clean and right. Strike off the street food like chaat, gol gappas, bhel puri, etc. from your ‘To eat’ list for a while. Drink only filtered/boiled water as diseases during this time are mostly water-borne. Avoid eating raw vegetables/salads and fruits outside unless you are having them at home, where you can wash them properly before eating.
2. Don’t get drenched in rain
Rains invite you, but it’s unsafe as the rain water makes you prone to diseases like leptospirosis and many other fungal infections. Don’t move around with wet feet. Dry it immediately and do not stay in wet shoes/socks for long. Do not sit in an AC environment if your clothes are wet, change them immediately. Carry an extra pair of clothes to work or keep one set of clothes and footwear in office if possible. Also, diabetics must take extra care and should avoid walking barefoot as there may be a lot of germs on the ground.
3. Always carry a mosquito repellent in the rainy season
Avoid water-logged areas as they are a breeding ground for insects, mosquitoes mostly. Wear a mosquito repellent or carry it whenever you step out during rains. You can also take anti-malaria drugs to be double sure.
4. Drink right
Drink a lot of water and do not compensate your liquid intake with alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated drinks/beverages. The preservatives and sugars in them act as diuretics. Though you may not feel thirsty, keep your water intake in check. Green tea or herbal teas have antibacterial properties and are ideal beverages this season.
5. Take two showers a day
Take a bath in the evening when you return from work, this will help you fight infections caused by the build-up of sweat and dirt. Also, increase your vitamin c intake to boost your immunity.
6. Avoid touching your eyes
Eye infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during monsoons. If ignored, these infections can lead to blindness. Don’t touch your eyes with dirty hands. People who spend long hours in front of computers/TV screens may experience redness, itching or irritation in the eyes, consult a doctor immediately.