Celebrate Freedom from Monsoon Illness
This Independence Day, amid the pitter patter, let’s resolve to reclaim our freedom from seasonal spreads and drench in health and happiness! Did you know monsoon is the season that enslaves the Indian population with increased instances of laboratory, clinic and hospital visits? While the rainy season does bring with it cool breeze, dollops of relief and a renewed sense of ecstasy, it also hosts swarms of infectious, unwanted illnesses and harmful diseases. Cough, cold, dengue, malaria, diarrhea, stomach infections, pneumonia, typhoid, fever ---the list is endless.
However, it can be tackled if we resolve to retain our right to wellness, good health and better immunity. Rage a fierce battle against seasonal spreads and rejoice in the freedom from illness this monsoon. Bid goodbye to contaminated and stored water, infected areas, recurrent mosquito attacks and more! Read on to know all about monsoon illnesses and protect yourselves and your loved ones.
Beware of their bites
Rains provide an optimal breeding ground for mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The seemingly blameless mosquitoes can run havoc during the monsoons while spiking up cases of malaria, dengue and chikungunya.
Malaria: The culprit behind the spread of Malaria is a one-celled parasite called plasmodium. While only 4 out of a total of 170 species of plasmodium can cause malaria in humans, once transmitted it can lead to symptoms including moderate to severe quivers, high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and more. Identifying sites of stagnation and breeding can help lower the risk of the disease.
Dengue: According to WHO, dengue related hospitalization allude to 5,00,000 people each year. It is a mosquito borne-disease widespread during monsoon and spread through the bites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Chikungunya: Another common disease that is caused due to mosquitoes that breed in overhead tanks, coolers, plants, utensils and water pipes is Chikungunya. The mosquito species responsible for it is the Tiger Aedes Albopictus.
Take note of the following measures to minimize the scare:
- In case you are off to an infected area or on a trip to a place with a rampant malaria, dengue or chikungunya threat, talk to your doctor a week or two in advance for any preventive medication.
- Consider investing in a good mosquito net as an exterior cover over your bed.
Stock up mosquito repellents, lotions or stickers. These help dissuade or repel mosquitoes from entering your premises or biting you.
- Be mindful of not stocking up standing or stagnant water.
Win over water-borne disease
The onset of the rain also signals the coming of water-borne illnesses. Typhoid is a major cause of worry amidst the monsoon and causes discomforting symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, fever, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, fatigue, weakness and the like. Caused by the bacterium S.Typhi, typhoid is a result of consuming contaminated food and water. Poor sanitation, direct contact with infected patients and lack of hygiene. A list of preventive cure to win over this troubling disease include:
Steer away from troubled waters
Walks along muddy puddles and flooded drains are a common occurrence during the rainy months. These instances not only soil our clothes but also are a cause of several infections. One such infection is leptospirosis or Weil’s syndrome. This is a serious infectious illness transmitted through contact with dirty or contaminated water or soil or from the urine of an infected animal. The infection seeps into the body through broken skin or mucous membranes like mouth, eyes, nostrils and sinuses and causes flu-like symptoms including headaches, eye pain due to bright light, muscle aches, chills and fever. The disease may also cause stiffness in the neck and inflammation of the nerves and abdominal pain. Here are some preventive steps you should follow to fight against the threat:
- Step out wearing appropriate shoes and clothing. Consider wearing leather or gumboots or any closed shoe to minimize contact with contaminated water or soil
- People with pets should double up their hygiene game and keep them clean
- Avoid exposing any cuts, bruises, broken skin or wounds so that they do not get infected. Use a bandaid or keep them covered while venturing out.
By: Anubha Hatwal | on 2020-08-14