New Delhi: Monsoon hits India from July to mid-September every year, and people tend to enjoy it to the fullest. Many people obviously look forward to the season. However, sometimes everything can not be hunky-dory. The climatic changes can also bring troubles. Due to sudden changes in temperature after bright scorching heat, some of the health issues can crop up.
In the rainy season, it is necessary to keep ourselves safe from some of the most common diseases like malaria, chikungunya, viral fever, dengue, typhoid, cholera, skin issues like eczema, and fungal infections. The chances of falling ill with these diseases are high during the rainy season. It is hence very important to be prepared ahead of the season and exercise necessary precautions.
CitySpidey talked to doctors around Delhi and got to know about some of the most common infections which people can contract during the monsoon.
Dr Nadeem Ahmed, an MBBS working with Apollo Hospitals said, “Most common monsoon diseases are caused due to mosquito breeding and second ordinary diseases are the waterborne diseases which happen because of lack of sanitation. You can steer clear of mosquito breeding disease by avoiding half-length or skin-exposing clothes.”
It has become a necessity to keep our surroundings neat and clean to avoid any waterborne and airborne diseases. Keep a regular check-in your homes, terrace and gardens if any of the empty space is filled with dirty water. If you have a fish tank or aquarium at your place, make sure to wash the space regularly, clean stagnant water, and eat healthy.
Dr Ahmed further said, “Humidity is very usual in our household during monsoon, our groin and axillary areas already have moisture in them and they are more prone to skin problems like fungal infection due to unhygienic maintenance. Closed or covered areas on our skin can catch fungal infections.”
To avoid such problems, he suggested ironing clothes and undergarments before wearing them if they are not sun-dried, maintaining clean surroundings and taking care of personal hygiene.
Dr Ahmed suggested, “Avoiding outside food, especially fried food can help people to stay safe from gastrointestinal infection because most patients who visit me during monsoon suffer from gastrointestinal problems.”
Dr Pradeish Mohan, an MBBS with Vijaya Group of Hospitals, Chennai, while sharing his experience said, “People are more prone to dengue, malaria, typhoid, common flu and cold. However, with this, considering the pandemic situation, we must diagnose the symptoms early to avoid any confusion as the symptoms of these problems are similar. Digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea may also be common due to the consumption of contaminated food and water.”
He recommended, “Vegetables, meats should be cleansed well before consumption. Do not compromise with hygiene on the civic, personal and social levels. Prefer homemade meals, drink boiled water, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Lastly, do not be your own doctor and seek expert advice if you face any problem.”