Monsoons are all about a cup of hot coffee and snacks, retro music and patter-pitter sounds of raindrops in your window pane. But, the situation gets completely changed as soon as you decide to step out of your home. Though it could be a truly exhilarating experience to enjoy the rains, but it comes with a heavy tagline of ill-health.
In order to keep yourself safe and healthy, you need to know about some of the monsoon diseases. Also, we have listed remedies for these diseases, in case you are trapped in ill-health.
Malaria is one of the most common widespread diseases in rainy season. In India, it is regarded as a highly fatal disease with maximum number of deaths credited to it. It is caused by female anopheles type of mosquitos.
Symptoms- Regular fever, shivering and muscle weakness.
Prevention – Since the disease is spread by mosquitoes, so mosquito repellents and nets should be used. Also, make sure that water does not stagnate around your surroundings for long time. Do not ignore any symptoms of malaria and consult your doctor immediately if you feel any sign of the disease.
2. Cold & Flu
This is the most common disorder that affects people of various ages. It occurs when you get wet in the rain or when you have tempted yourself for a rain dance.
Symptoms- Constant sneezing and running nose, sore throat and fever.
Prevention- Generally, children and old people get easily afflicted by this disease so; special care should be taken for them. Refrain yourself from getting drenched in the rain. The best homemade remedy is a glass of hot milk mixed with turmeric. Gargles with warm water can give relief to your sore throat.
It is a highly infectious disease that spreads during the rainy season. It is caused by contaminated food and water. In worst case, the infection remains in the gall bladder of the afflicted patient even after he is healed. Hence, it is regarded as a life-taking disease.
Symptoms- Prolonged fever and severe pain in abdomen are few of the symptoms of this fatal disease.
Prevention- This is a highly communicable disease so the patient should be isolated from the rest of the family. Getting a vaccination in advance also helps to prevent better this disease. The patient should take utmost care as the disease has a tendency of relapsing back.
4. Viral Fever
Viral Fever is the most common type of fever in monsoon season affecting mostly children and older people due to their low immunity strength. This condition is transmitted from one person to another through direct contact with body fluids of infected people.
Symptoms: High increase in normal body temperature , severe pain around the joints , headache, skin rashes in some cases, runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting etc.
Prevention: One has be extra careful with a personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your face (nose and mouth) without washing your hands. It is better to avoid visiting crowded places.
5. Dengue Fever
Dengue fever is caused by virus that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can't be spread directly from one person to another.
Prevention: Always sleep under a mosquito bed net. Empty all standing water from containers like flower pots, buckets to reduce the risk of mosquito breeding. Use a mosquito repellent.
It is high time to put your dancing shoes on and start enjoying the rain. Just make sure you don’t catch any disease in this rainy season.