brings with it the much-awaited relief from the long spell
of sultry, scorching summer. However the cooling showers
bring with them an increased susceptibility to a lot of
diseases that are peculiar to the monsoon. It is time we
get our safeguards ready and gear ourselves up to face monsoon
in its full glory.
Diseases that are spread during monsoon are basically water
borne and gastrointestinal infections. Typhoid, Diarrhea
and Jaundice are also common. Accumulation of water on the
roads promotes the growth of the mosquitoes causing malaria
and dengue. Eye flu and infections of the foot are also
observed in this season. Also diseases like dryness, spasmodic
pain, high blood pressure, gas formation and gastric disturbances
occur frequently. Also one comes across cases of viral attacks
(not of the NET variety) and coughs and colds.
Following are a few safeguards
that one must follow in order to keep all diseases and infections
During monsoon intestinal functions along with the digestive
system become weak, and thus make the body highly susceptible
to any kind of infection. Therefore always eat light food
and avoid as far as possible too much of spicy and fried
Maximum infections during this season are water borne
and hence do not drink water, which is not properly boiled
and stored. Drinking water should be boiled and properly
filtered. It is best advice to drink warm water with the
meals for easy digestion.
Avoid consuming food that is exposed to the surroundings
for quiet a long time since food that is exposed for a
long time are contaminated by the germs, which if enter
the body, may cause various infections. Flies that are
the most common carriers of germs mostly cause contamination.
Therefore remember to cook the vegetables well and steam
them properly to kill the germ content in them, if any.
Diabetic patients need to take extra care of their feet
during the monsoon season. These patients should take
specific care, as not to walk barefoot since the soil
on which they walk is a reservoir of all types of germs.
Asthmatic patients also need to take special care during
monsoon and they should ensure that there is no accumulation
and seepage of water from the vicinity of their residence
since that will cause severe health problems. They should
also ensure that a fungus does not grow in the wooden
furniture and in other articles like shoes and leather
Prohibit mosquito breeding since they are also carriers
of deadly germs. Do not let water accumulate in your surroundings.
Put a few drops of Kerosene or phenyl in stagnant water
to check the undesired mosquito breeding. Mosquito nets
should be used wherever possible.
from naturally occurring diseases described above, electrical
injuries due to leakage of current, water dripping on to
live electrical wiring, electrocution is also common. It
would be wise to give a thorough check-up to the wirings,
switches, plugs and positioning of wires around the house.
Furthermore, do not forget the electrical appliances. In
case they have any faults, attend to them at the earliest.
A stitch in time saves nine. Never handle electricity barefoot
or with wet clothes and shoes. You could get a nasty shock.
Also take care of your children who love to splash through
waterlogged streets, this could be dangerous. Water logging
conceals a lot of rubbish spilling over from dustbins, drains
and manholes. It often contains glass pieces, stone chips,
slivers of wood and other substances. These can inflict
serious injuries on tender bare feet. Furthermore there
is always an open manhole lurking somewhere to gobble up
an unwary child.
Thus a little effort on your part coupled with care and
caution can really help you enjoy this monsoon to its fullest.
Be extra alert and observe these safety guidelines. Wish
you a safe monsoon.