Rainy (Monsoon) season are known to make the climate pleasant and adds scenic beauty to the environment. It gives a new life to the earth. However, monsoon also brings along numerous diseases (esp. food borne and mosquito-borne diseases) due to harmful viruses, bacteria and fungus. Common cold, Flu, Stomach Infection, Diarrhoea, Malaria, Dengue, Typhoid, Chikungunya, Viral fever and Allergy are some of the diseases which make it to the top of the list. The common victims are children and people with low immunity. Enjoy the monsoon rains the healthy way by eating good food and following certain following precautionary measures.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep you fit.
- Avoid junk food, street food and pre-cut fruits, especially from the roadside stalls.
- Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables.
- Thoroughly scrub fruits and vegetables under running water before consuming.
- Better to avoid milk, and chose other milk-products like yogurt, curd, etc.
- Include more Vitamin-C rich foods in your diet to boost your immunity.
- Drink only filtered and boiled water.
- Wash or sanitize your hands carefully before you eat something.
- Exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy.
- Keep a safe distance from sick people.
- Keep away the children to play in the rain and rainy water.
- Avoid getting drenched in the rains, as rain water contains harmful chemicals.
- If you get wet in rain, go for a hot shower once you reach home and dry your hair immediately.
- Don’t enter into an air-conditioned room, if your skin and clothes are wet.
- If your clothes and shoes have not dried properly, don’t wear them.
- Ensure that there is no open stagnant water storage in or near your residence or work place.
- Use insect repellents to protect yourself from mosquitoes & flies.
Dr Prashant Goyal