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‘Rain Rain go away, Come again another day’ Let us rearrange this rhyme. ‘Ailments ailments go away, let the rains pour throughout the day’. Monsoon in India is approaching and so are the innumerable types of diseases that accompany the rains.
In this post, we will expand on how the onset of monsoon brings additional illnesses. We will also give you some monsoon health tips. Read on so that you can enjoy this weather without worrying.
Rains are capable of changing everything. Monsoons in India can alter the pace of wind, the context of a story, lousy mood, water scarcity, the appearance of roads, traffic flow, and sadly, your health. As the weather transits into the mode of rainfall, India is hit by numerous ailments. Let’s look into these ailments in details.
Ailments That Arise With Monsoon in India
Some of the most common ailments that arise with Monsoon in India include Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Cholera, Viral fever, Diarrhea, Typhoid.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It is caused due to mosquito bites. During monsoon season, mosquitoes breed and multiply.
Approximately 500,000 deaths occur due to malaria in a year. Symptoms of Malaria include fever, headache, chills, vomiting, and fatigue.
Prevention tips for Malaria:
- Keep most of your body parts covered. Don’t expose your skin to the mosquitoes.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Make sure your surroundings are clean and dry so that mosquitoes don’t breed around you.
- Drink boiled water only.
- Prevent food contamination by covering lids on utensils and keeping leftover food in the fridge.
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Diarrhea is a condition where a person’s bowel habits change. During diarrhea, more frequent and watery bowels are released. Seasonal diarrhea is very common in India.
Viral diarrhea is caused by the spread of a virus during this season. Diarrhea can be identified by loose stools, pain in the abdomen region, fever, blood in the stool, and nausea.
Prevention tips for Diarrhea:
- Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands before and after taking meals.
- Make sure you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizers.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. Since it is a mosquito-borne disease, its spread increases during the monsoon season. It is mostly spread by tiger mosquitoes. Some common dengue symptoms are fever, swelling in glands, headache, pain in muscles, joints, and bones, and pain behind the eyes.
Prevention tips for Dengue:
- Use mosquito repellents
- Cover yourself
- Do not let water accumulate. Mosquitoes breed in standing water.
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It is a vector-borne disease. Chikungunya is spread by infected mosquitoes. The incidence of this disease is on the rise during the monsoon season.
There is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya but treatment options are available. You can recognize the onset of chikungunya by severe joint pain, fatigue, rashes, headache, and swelling in joints
Prevention tips for Chikungunya:
- Use clothing that covers your arms and legs fully
- Use repellents
- Stay under the air conditioner as much as possible
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Viral fever is identified by an increased body temperature along with other symptoms. It is the most common illness that spreads during monsoon in India. Viral fever is easily identified by symptoms like body pain, sweating, chills, loss of appetite, weakness, and dehydration
Prevention tips for Viral Fever:
- Keep yourself and your surroundings clean
- Use hand sanitizers
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes
- Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing
- Do not share food or utensils
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The primary cause for the spread of typhoid fever is contaminated food and water. Typhoid is a disease spread by a bacteria called Salmonella Typhi. It is also spread by coming in close contact with someone who is already affected by the bacteria. Some common symptoms include high fever, pain in the abdomen area, constipation or diarrhea.
Prevention tips for Typhoid:
- Vaccines are available for typhoid. Ask your medical expert for the vaccination.
- Try to eat food that is still hot
- Do not drink unattended water
- Do not share your food or drinks
This is a very rare bacterial disease. It is a contagious infection and can spread from animals to humans. It does not transfer between humans.
Leptospirosis can be identified by symptoms including fever, chills, coughing, muscle pain, irritation in eyes, and rashes. It also affects the capacity of your brain and causes confusion and seizures.
Prevention tips for Leptospirosis:
- Important preventive care should be done by those who work with animals or areas where animals are placed.
- Wear full-sleeved clothing, gloves, masks, and boots.
- Drink only boiled water.
- Have pests controlled
Jaundice is caused due to the growth of a waste material called bilirubin in the blood. This is a condition when a person’s skin and eyes turn yellow. In this condition, even the body fluids in a person turn yellow. Yellowish color of skin and eyes, itchy skin and dark colored urine are the common symptoms of jaundice.
Prevention tips for Jaundice:
- Liver health needs to be maintained
- Vaccines are available to fight jaundice
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Stomach infection or flu is also known as viral gastroenteritis. It is an infection caused in the intestine of a person. It is spread mostly during monsoon due to the fact that it is a water-borne infection. Stomach flu can be recognized by symptoms like watery bowel, cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
Prevention tips for Stomach Flu:
- Get vaccinations for yourself and your family
- Keep your surroundings clean and neat
- Wash your hands before and after taking meals
- Do not share food and drinks
Cholera is a very fatal disease. It is an infectious ailment that can turn life-threatening within hours if left untreated. Cholera causes dehydration and watery loose bowels. It is spread by contaminated water and thus, increases during monsoon in India.
Prevention tips for Cholera:
- Drink boiled water
- Use boiled and purified water for preparing meals
- Disinfect your utensils and bottles
- Wash your hands frequently
Monsoon Health Tips – The Do’s
- Boil water before drinking
- Wash your hands before and after you eat
- Wash fruits and vegetables before eating
- If you get soaked in rain, bathe with clean water to avoid catching infections
- Stay hydrated
- Keep your surroundings clean
Monsoon Health Tips – The Don’ts
- Avoid eating outside. Cook your own meals
- Do not eat stale leftover food
- Do not share your meals and drinks
- Do not drink chilled beverages in a haste
- Avoid getting under air conditioner if your body is wet
Everything has its pros and cons, so do monsoon in India. We know, for the joy of monsoons that you can bear the disadvantages of muddy streets, puddles, traffic jams or damped clothes. But you should not have to compromise with your health for it.
Your monsoon can be magical if the methods of prevention are considered and practiced.
Also Read about Monsoon Health Tips in Hindi here.