Monsoon reminds us of retro music, coffee, hot tea, snacks, peter patter raindrops pouring on the window pane. But this is only a side of the rainy season and when you step out of your domain you face few common problems. Incessant rain for few hours makes our life unbearable. Water logging not only causes traffic but it is also responsible for spreading bacteria, germs which cause chronic water-borne diseases. It is the perfect breeding time for mosquitoes, and water-borne diseases are quite common in this season. Let us find out some treatable but life threating diseases of monsoon.
Some Diseases caused in Monsoon:
Diarrhea is a common ailment during monsoon. Children are more susceptible to diarrhea as viral diarrhea spreads easily. It results from bacteria, and it involves watery stools which gradually lead to loss of fluid. Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of diarrhea among the children and fortunately with the advent of rotavirus vaccine rotavirus infection has come to ebb.
Vector-borne diseases are the other top the list of Monsoon ailments. Malaria, encephalitis, dengue and “chikungunya” are mosquito-borne viral diseases mainly caused due to water logging. The common symptoms of these diseases are body ache, high fever, weakness, and rash. As mosquito breed in stagnant water, it is very important to clean your tank and cover your drain.
Now, viral fever happens in all seasons but the maximum chance of these diseases of monsoon. We often get drenched in a rainy day. A cough and cold, sore throat, fever, food poisoning are its outcome. Prescribed medicines at a regular interval are taken by the patients to reduce the body temperature. High & frequent fever, followed by weakness and loss of appetite are common syndromes of Viral fever.
Consuming contaminated water results typhoid. Common symptoms are typhoid fever, sore throat, headache, weakness and sometimes it is mistakenly considered as viral fever. Treatment starts when it is detected and so it takes a long time to get back to normal life. Only boiled or highly filtered water is given to the patients to drink. Typhoid is so delirious that it makes its patients bed-ridden for a week. During recovery patients complain of weakness, hair fall and loss of weight. Another water-borne disease which takes a toll on our health is cholera. Same as typhoid it is caused by contaminated water. Rain water tampers with water reservoir from where we source the water. Poor hygiene is responsible for cholera. Cholera leads to diarrhea and dehydration. So its outbreak is still a concern. Similarly jaundice outbreaks in this season. High bilirubin rate is a sign of jaundice where patient’s body gets yellowish with strong stomach-ache. Doctors advise taking complete rest in such condition.
Following are the Preventive Measures for Diseases of Monsoon:
Take the shower in hot water. If you are drenched, drink hot served tea, coffee and soup. Always carry an umbrella for protection. Take water vapor in case you are attacked by a cough and cold.
Any street food during monsoon is harmful as it contains germs and bacteria. To avoid dysentery, you should have homemade food throughout the downpour season.
Keep your area clean and make sure that water is not stagnant anywhere near you. Use bleaching to keep mosquito away. Use net and mosquito repellent or cream as mosquitoes are hyperactive in this season.
Use proper healthy means of sanitation and wash your hands properly before every meal.
As most of the diseases are caused by water, it is better to boil it, especially for the infant.
So enjoy the greenery of the season by following these useful tips and protect yourself from the diseases of monsoon. This gloomy season actual brings relief after the scorching summer and spreads a smile in the face of the farmers who desperately pray for it. You can ensure a healthy life by putting an end to these seasonal traumas with just a few steps. Now your health is in your hand.