Stay safe this monsoon

Monsoon showers are a welcome relief from the scorching heat after the summer season. The season is also accompanied by a number of health problems. With just a few precautions, we can enjoy a healthy monsoon.

Food hygiene:

  • Do not get tempted by street food, the monsoon is the harbinger of breeding bacteria in food
  • Avoid consuming pre-cut fruits and raw vegetables. Eat well-cooked food
  • Clean vegetables thoroughly before cooking. Soak them in salt water for 10mins before cooking. This will help in killing the germs

Vitamin C intake:

  • Increase the intake of Vitamin C either in natural form (e.g. papayas, berries, citrus fruits) or as a food supplement. This will help activate antibodies and reduce the severity of cold

Maintaining personal hygiene:

  • Do not wear wet clothes for long to prevent skin infections and respiratory conditions like cough, cold and pneumonia. Taking shower after being caught in the rain will protect you from many infections
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wash hands frequently and use sanitizer to keep hands clean
  • Keep feet dry to avoid fungal infection

Be careful of disease:

  • The rainy season is predominated by infections from food and water-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, diarrhoea, stomach infection, cholera, jaundice, typhoid, viral fever, leptospirosis etc. that must be taken care of
  • Precautions:
    • Prevent stagnation of water around your house in flower pots, old tyres, containers, coolers, etc.
    • All sources of water should be covered and cleaned to avert breeding of mosquitoes. Use insect repellents , disinfectants
    • Chlorine tablets/alum can be use to make water potable
    • Drink only filtered and boiled water to protect yourself against water borne diseases

Visit the doctor if you experience symptoms like fever, chills, diarrhoea etc.

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