Rainy season brings lot of fun, greenery and cool climate with it. However, it also invites lot of health disorders as well. Dealing with such illnesses associated with rainy season is not very difficult. You should be aware of certain quick remedies if you cope with such illnesses due to rainy season.
In the rainy season there are air borne diseases and water borne diseases. Among the waterborne diseases, dysentery is the biggest problem. Hepatitis, cholera, typhoid etc. also pose serious health threats during the rainy season. Rainy season facilitates the bacterial, home insects, fungal growth too!
There are people whose idea of enjoying the drizzle is gorging on their favorite ‘pakoras’ and ‘chai’, while watching the lovely weather from the comfort of their homes.
But there are people who want to go out and enjoy the season dancing in the rain. Though it could be a truly exhilarating experience, it comes with a price tag. You are at risk of falling ill in the season and probably this is the last thing you would want should come between you and monsoon enjoyment.
Common Health diseases caused During Rainy Season Are:
- Dengue, Malaria
- Cough and Cold
- Running nose
- Food infection
- Water infection
Let’s see some of the above conditions in detail:
This is the most common disease that catches you in the rainy season. The disease is spread by female Anopheles mosquito. Since, there is a problem of water logging during the rainy season, mosquitoes get conducive conditions to breed. This is the most dangerous disease in India with highest number of deaths credited to it.
Common Cold and Flu:
Colds typically begin with a sore throat that lasts for a day or two. During the fourth or fifth day, runny nose, nasal symptoms, and congestion with cough. However, children are prone to fever when they have colds.
Flu is usually severe than common cold. Its symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. These symptoms may go away after two to five days, but it could also last for a week or more. If you experience difficulty in breathing, it is better to tell your doctor about it.
Cholera is a diarrheal disease caused by a bacterium called vibrio cholerae. The disease is usually transmitted by water sources contaminated by the bacteria, though raw foods such as shellfish can be also be subjected to the bacteria. People who have it may experience vomiting and other signs leading to dehydration. Some of the symptoms are wrinkled skin, low blood pressure, dry mouth, and rapid heart rate, however, there are cases that this disease does not imply symptoms, but could be severe at times.
This disease is a severe infection caused by the Leptospira virus. People can get infected with this virus by having contact with water or soil contaminated with animal urine, especially if they have wounds on the skin.
Leptospirosis exhibits symptoms such as muscle pains, chills, headache, high fever, redness of the eyes, abdominal pain, jaundice, hemorrhage in the skin and mucous membranes, diarrhea, and rashes.
Fever is caused by bacteria called the Salmonella typhi (S. typhi). The bacteria could infect a contaminated food, drink, or water. People carrying the disease continue to spread it through their stool. Once the bacteria entered your body, they travel into the intestines and then into your bloodstreams. They will then penetrate your lymph nodes, gallbladder, liver, spleen, and other parts. Symptoms include poor appetite, headaches, aches and pains, fever, and weariness.
The following points are good to prevent certain diseases during the rainy season:
- The most effective thing that you can do is to keep your rain gear always ready when you go out in rainy season. A raincoat with a hooded jacket and waterproof shoes are the best items.
- Intake of it either in natural form or food supplement is helpful to your health and help you drive away the cold virus faster. However, a healthy supply of this vitamin will activate your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold, undoubtedly.
- Try to eat nutritious food and avoid eating out during rainy season.
- Prepare meal with full precaution and maintain health and hygiene throughout the house.
- Use safe water for drinking as well as cooking purposes. That means water must be boiled well before using.
- Do not store water in open containers as they may be the breeding place for mosquitoes. If water is stored in open containers for a long time, then do not use it. It must be drained off.
- Ensure that drains & sewage lines are not clogged.
- For some diseases, vaccinations are available. Check with your doctor & make sure which are the vaccines you should take?
- If you are eating food from outside, make sure to enter a reputed restaurant.
- If possible try to carry a bottle of boiled water with you when you are outside.
Health is wealth. Diseases prevent us from being productive and enjoying life. If you value these things, think about health.