An assortment of ailments comes along every season with the much appreciated monsoon. Mentioned in this article are some basics to prevent yourself and people around you from falling ill.
Only a few showers in the country and the people are already falling ill to a host of sicknesses which also includes the dangerous flu. Although people are usually waiting for the monsoons as they are pleasant and a big relief from the heat, but it takes seconds for them to fall as prey to the various illness that are a part of monsoon season. Consulting Physician and Diabetologist Dr. Anmol Manerkar stated that a sudden change in the temperature plays a very prominent role in affecting our body and its balance and makes body prone to several viral infections, which eventually reduces the immunity of the body. The body also becomes prone to other diseases especially water borne diseases which include diseases like malaria, jaundice, typhoid and cholera.
Before you get trolled by the season of monsoon and spoil your health, Dr. Manerkar has listed a few medicines for taking precautions that will make sure that you healthily survive the season of monsoon.
At the outset, this may sound overheard and very basic. But the very first reason that most of us are prone to the various infections that are a part of the monsoons is that we do not succeed in achieving a proper sanitation. The water which gets collected in small amount at various places we generally don’t pay much attention is the breeding ground for the various mosquitoes that have the potential of spreading diseases like malaria and the dreaded dengue fever. So it is advised to always keep a check around your surroundings and make sure they are clean and dry. Avoid the water to accumulate as it can be dangerous.
When it is about personal hygiene, make sure that you keep the gear for rains handy. And even if you get wet in the rain, there is no need to panic, you can simply take a hot shower after getting soaked in rain as it will protect you from all the various infectious viruses that can harm your health. Make sure your hands are clean and sanitized before you start eating. Also try to maintain the temperature of the body and do not let it dip down as viruses attack a cold body faster than a warm body.
Fiddling around with dirty puddles or stagnant or accumulated water leads to various fungal infections that can have an adverse affect on toes and nails. People who have a condition of diabetes should take special care of their feet as they have more potential to host an infection, which when left unattended can also lead to gangrene. Try to keep your feet as much as possible. Try to wear fresh pair of shoes and socks and always try to wear shoes which can cover maximum of your feet to keep the water from getting in. It is also very important and mandatory to have regular pedicures in such seasons.
Apart from taking essential care of your foot, people who are suffering from diabetic neuropathy should avoid sitting in an air conditioned room, if you have wet hair or if your clothes are damp as they have a higher potential of hosting viruses like pneumonia. Necessary protections should be taken to so that such dampness can be avoided and hence the growth of fungus (mold) around the place where diabetic patients live.
As the temperature outside falls, we tend to reduce the intake of water. But it is strictly advised that you consume as much water as possible in the entire day. Consuming lot water helps you in draining out all the toxins from your body. The drinking water also gets polluted easily in the season of monsoon. Hence you should always keep in mind to consume purified, boiled or mineral water to avoid conditions like diarrhea. Hydration occurs in body when we fail to drink adequate amount of water, which causes weakness in the body. If the weakness is taking longer than usual to fade it is suggested that you tank up on Electrol, ORS, or Nimbu Paani.
Although it is always advised to avoid outside food but with monsoon it becomes essential to take care of this particular habit. Even if you do not have many options, try sticking to steamed and light food like momos, idly or dhokla. Such food is made on a very high temperature so it is not possible for bacteria to survive. Even at home you should prepare your food with essential precautions. Remember to clean the ingredients especially green vegetables with clean water and steam them enough to kill the germs. Try and avoid food which not cooked well or salads which do not require heat in its preparation.
C stands for cure:
Taking Vitamin C either as proper food or supplements will help you to fight against the cold virus fever faster and efficiently. An adequate supply of vitamin in your body can easily bring in charge the antibodies of your system, which in turn will boost up the immunity of the body and tone down the severity of cold. So the things you need to remember to stack up in the monsoons include green leafy vegetables, sweet lime, oranges and lemons
Remedies for Home:
Prepare a concoction of cloves, ground black pepper, tulsi paste, and ginger paste. Add around four tea spoons of honey and blend the mixture smoothly. Try to take it thrice in a day as it can help you get rid of the common cold and cough.
· Asafoetida is famous for curing a number or ailments related to stomach which includes indigestion, loose motions which are common in the season of monsoon.
· A freshly made paste of neem, turmeric and the seeds of sesame is highly recommended by Ayurveda to treat infection which involves growth of fungus between toes and region around.