Get ready for monsoon menace:
Many of us in India await for Monsoon or the rains to bring much-awaited relief from the scorching summer and its discomforts. However the excitement is short lived as the rains bring with them some unwelcome guests with an increased susceptibility to a host of diseases that are associated to the monsoon season, It’s again time for us to gear-up for the fresh round of fight against the diseases and to safeguard ourselves from fury of monsoon in its full glory.
Monsoon is also a sort of harvest season for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies as a galore of diseases spread during monsoon especially Waterborne, Gastrointestinal infections, Typhoid, Diarrhea, Jaundice are quite common and stagnation of water ideally promotes the growth of the mosquitoes which causing Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya that cripple common man’s life and infections of the foot are observed in this season and also Spasmodic Pain, High blood pressure and Gastric disturbances are occur frequently. Several hundreds of people especially children report cases of viral attacks of varied types along coughs and cold, which would be common site all through out this season.
In the good olden days people used to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, rather a courses of rejuvenation therapies in monsoon season, as this season was considered to be the idle resting period to rejuvenate ones health condition, this was quite common in the southern states of India especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu, It is still quite common in some interior part of Kerala, where still people consider the Monsoon season to be the ideal time for all Ayurvedic therapies and treatments, There are many reasons why people chose such a time for treatments.
The following are a few safeguard measures that one must follow in order to keep all diseases and infections at bay.
During this season its said that the intestinal functions along with the digestive system become weak, and this in turn make the body highly susceptible to infections and viral attacks. Therefore always eat light healthy foods and try to avoid too much spicy and fried food.
Majority of the infections during this season are water borne, hence it is advisable to drink water, which is properly boiled, filtered and stored. Also it is always advisable to drink boiled Luke warm water with meals for easy digestion.
Avoid consuming food that is exposed to the surroundings for quiet a long time, since food is exposed for a long durations might be contaminated, as its optimum conditions for infestation, these may enter the body, and cause various gastrointestinal infections. Flies that are the most common carriers of germs mostly cause contamination. Therefore remember to cook the vegetables well and steam them properly, also fruits must be thoroughly washed before they are consumed.
When fit and healthy people are susceptible to different diseases, patients must take extra care; especially Diabetic patients need to take extra care of their feet during the monsoon season. These patients should take special care, as not to walk on barefoot since the surface on which they walk might be wet and reservoir for all types of germs that might cause severe infections.
Patients with asthmatic attack should take special care during monsoon and they should ensure precautionary measures such that they don’t induce an asthmatic attack as the humidity in the air is high and breathing becomes difficult, people should ensure that there is no stagnation of water in the vicinity of their residence since that will cause severe breathing problems. They should also take measures to check the growth of fungus on the wooden/leather furniture’s and other articles like shoes, leather bags and etc.
Check stagnation of water to prohibit mosquitoes breeding since they are the most dangerous and deadly disease carriers. Do not let water accumulate in your surroundings. Put a few drops of Kerosene, Phenyl or any other effective disinfectant in stagnant water to check mosquito breeding. Mosquito nets on door, windows and ventilations are a good means to check them from getting into your homes.
Apart from checking diseases, it is very important to be cautious avert accidents and disasters especially while on roads when driving cars, riding two wheelers and even walking down the streets, drivers and riders always wear protective gears, maintain safe speed and distance, check for your vehicles condition, maintain proper tier pressure and look out for worn-out tiers and change them if required. Also see to that your windscreens are cleaned and wiper blades are in good condition, as this would ensure better visibility and in turn would avert accidents.
Also, while walking down the roadside, be a little more cautious especially take care of those naughty children who would love to splash through waterlogged streets, this could be dangerous and deadly. Water logging conceals a lot of rubbish spilling over from dustbins, sewage’s, drains and manholes. These can inflict serious injuries or infections. Further there might be possibility of an open manhole or broken sewage that might engulf you inside getting washed off un-noticed.
Being a little cautious and vigilant this monsoon season will also avert many electrical injuries and mishaps due to leakage of electric current, water dripping on to live electrical wirings or fittings, causing electrocution, which is quite common incident in rainy season. It would be wise to give a thorough check-up of the wirings and electrical fittings, switches, plugs and positioning of wires around the house, do not use faulty electrical appliances. In case they have any faults, repair them at the earliest. A stitch in time saves nine. Never handle electricity barefoot or with wet clothes and shoes, always advisable to call a good electrician in handling such matters.
Lets enjoy this monsoon to its fullest by upholding the mantra Prevention is better than cure, lets prevent diseases and avert accidents by putting in little individual efforts on our part coupled with care and caution. Wishing you all a safe monsoon season.