Once monsoon sets in, our immunity levels drop making us vulnerable to a host of allergies, infections & illnesses. Luckily, there are simple precautions that can help us stay in the best of health in spite of being exposed to contagious germs and dangerous bacteria
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As compared to the general population, those suffering from asthma, diabetes hypertension are highly prone to monsoon illnesses. One of the most effective pre-monsoon healthcare tips for them would be to get vaccinated mainly to protect themselves from typhoid and hepatitis (both of which are common monsoon ailments)
Enjoy wet showers without worrying about falling prey to communicable diseases with these pre-monsoon healthcare tips:
Before seasonal rains commence, make sure that your surrounding is sparkling clean and free of dirt. If you have an open balcony or a terrace-flat, clean it on a regular basis and maintain a sanitary environment. Mop the floor with a disinfectant or cleaning solution daily. Doing so will prevent mosquito breeding and prevent transmission of diseases like dengue malaria.
If you are staying in a mosquito infested locality, do not forget to use a powerful insect/mosquito repellant (Skin creams or commercially available vaporizers). Kids can develop an allergic reaction to such products; hence parents should always consult their doctor/pediatrician before use. A good idea would be to install mosquito nets on your windows in order to block their entry. Talk to your doctor about getting an anti-malarial drug as a precautionary measure to keep monsoon ailments at bay
Unhygienic living conditions can also make you susceptible to various monsoon related illnesses. Do a pre-monsoon check at home to ensure that there are no clogged drains, seepage, cracks, fissures, electrical fixture repairs etc. in your home. If you find one, make sure that it repaired at the earliest, before the arrival of monsoon.
Impure water can easily be a carrier of various monsoon related illnesses. Make sure to install, upgrade or renew your water purifier
Buy monsoon-specific, clothing items and good-quality footwear that prevents your skin from coming in contact with dirty water
Exposure to contaminated water from clogged gutters and dirty puddles can increase your risk of water-borne diseases like diarrhea, influenza, cholera and fungal skin infections. Sometimes even pre-monsoon showers could trigger heavy rainfall. Always ensure that you have easy access to items like umbrella, rain coat etc. before monsoon season commences. You never know, when you may need it
Another way to keep away from monsoon related diseases is to prep your body by consuming the right food items. In other words, Stock your kitchen pantry with immune-boosting foods to keep the body resistant against diseases. Fruits like Apples, pomegranates, pears, mangoes etc. are natural energy boosters. Herbal tea has healing properties and protects against cough, cold, sore throat etc. Add more of brown rice, oats, barley, garlic, corn, gram flour, chick pea etc. to your food menu.