With the freshly-washed green trees and streets and the clean crisp air, the monsoon season is a welcome relief from the heat. Unfortunately, the season also brings with it a host of bacteria and viruses and an increased risk of falling prey to infections. Here are some tips for you to stay safe during the monsoons and enjoy this lovely season to the fullest:
1) Stay Dry
Though a walk in the rain sounds like the most romantic thing, one needs to be very careful. Walking barefoot or even with slippers or sandals in dirty, stagnant water exposes one to viral and bacterial infections. If you have to walk in rainwater, ensure that you immediately wash your feet with an antibacterial soap after coming back and dry your feet using a clean towel. One can even use an absorbent talc in private areas, armpits, behind the knee joints and between the fingers of the toes to stay dry. Avoid wet clothes in an air conditioned environment as it might lead to chest congestion and cold. Change undergarments frequently, if you sweat profusely.
2) Build your Immunity
As germs thrive in the monsoon season, it is important to take certain precautions and build one’s immunity. Increase the intake of products high in vitamin C. These include foods like broccoli, sprouts, citrus fruits, leafy greens, cauliflower etc. However, do not consume these from street vendors. In fact, even when using them at home, wash these in salt water to get rid of the bacteria first.
3) Drink Up
The humidity during the monsoon season makes you sweat and lose body fluids faster than you can imagine. Drink a lot of water to manage common symptoms of dehydration like headaches, lack of energy, blood pressure fluctuations etc. Salted nimbu pani and coconut water can help maintain the electrolyte levels in the body. Avoid compensating your liquid intake with caffeinated, carbonated or alcoholic drinks as these act as diuretics. Also, as a majority of the diseases during this season are waterborne, ensure that you drink only clean, boiled or filtered water.
4) Use a Mosquito Repellant
Mosquitoes thrive during the monsoon. Therefore, use a mosquito repellant generously during this time. Also, wear loose long-sleeved and long-legged clothes. If your clothes are tight and the fabric is thin, the mosquito might bite you. But if they are loose, the chances of contracting diseases like dengue and chikungunya reduce quite a bit.
5) Keep your Surroundings Clean
The biggest problem in the monsoon is maintaining cleanliness. Ensure that there is no leakage and water clogging around your drains and water coolers.
Stagnant water allows mosquitoes to breed and dampens the floor and the walls around. Damp floors and walls lead to the growth of fungus.
And last but not the least, stay vigilant. A fever is often one of the first symptoms of some infection in the body. Therefore, a persistent fever must be taken seriously. Similarly, medical advice should be sought immediately for extreme pain in the muscles or limbs, nausea, bloody or whitish stools, or yellowish/whitish skin.