The monsoon is always a welcome change from the scorching summer heat, but they bring some unwelcome guests in the form of microbes and insects which need to be avoided at all costs. To stay healthy and happy in the rains, it is essential that we take certain precautions in the food we eat and the activities we perform.
Some tips to stay fit this rainy season are as follows:-
Follow a Healthy Diet: It is important to maintain healthy eating habits in rainy season, which means that your favourite street food is off the menu. Preferably avoid raw vegetables and salads unless they are consumed at home where you can wash and clean them thoroughly.
Drink Enough Water: Diseases in the rainy season are mostly water-borne, so make sure you only drink water that is filtered or boiled. And drink enough water regardless of your activity levels. Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are a good idea.
Avoid Walking in the Rain: Walking in the rain or puddles of water makes you vulnerable to a host of viral diseases and numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails. If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC room rather change them immediately.
Use a Mosquito Repellent: Always carry and wear a mosquito repellent whenever you go out. Those who are cautious can take anti-malarial drugs too.
Avoid Touching your Eyes: Eye infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during the monsoons. Consult a doctor immediately if you see any symptoms because if ignored, they can even lead to blindness.
Summers have started becoming more and more scorching of late. Monsoon provides the much needed relief from the summer heat as rain pours down with all its might, quenching the earth’s thirst and taking care of all our water needs. However with monsoons, comes the risk of waterborne diseases and infections. There are certain health risks brought by monsoon that people need to be really careful about. The following are some tips that will help you safeguard yourself this monsoon:-
Avoid road-side food at all costs. Water and vegetables are not hygienic at this time of the year. Follow a healthy diet at all costs.
Use a good quality insect repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay and prevent yourself from getting bitten. The over cautious can take a dose of antimalarial drugs.
Try to avoid walking through water at all times. It can lead to numerous fungal diseases of the feet, heels and nails.
Drink enough water, regardless of your activity levels. Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are always a good idea.
Keep clear of damp and wet walls. Damp walls are home to fungal growth and are a strict no-no if you suffer from asthma or any other breathing problem.
Always carry an umbrella or a raincoat to avoid getting wet in the rains. If you get wet in the rains, wash your hands and legs when you reach your destination and immediately get into dry clothes.
Have a bath twice daily in monsoon, using dettol or any other mild antiseptic. It will help you minimize the chances of catching an infection.