The rainy season is right here! Besides preparing your umbrella and raincoat before leaving home, there are a few things to keep in mind. We hope the following tips will help you stay healthy during this wet season!
Clogged gutters and muddy streets are common sites during the rainy season. They are the storehouse of many bacteria and viruses. They become the source for various waterborne infections like diarrhea, influenza (flu) and various fungal infections. So wear raincoats and try to cover as much body as possible. Wearing rain boots are also useful. Wearing slippers or open sandals will keep a large part of your feet exposed to harmful bacteria and viruses.
Avoid outside food
Outside food is the main reason for waterborne diseases and food poisoning. Food prepared in the open comes in contact with various infective agents. Some foods are prepared on wet contaminated floors. So it is better to avoid outside food as much as possible in this season. Prepare warm food at home and don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Because of change of weather from summer to rainy, many people don’t feel like drinking water. But you should drink at least 10 to 14 glasses per day to avoid problems like urinary infections and constipation.
Don’t leave home without a mosquito repellent:
Accumulated water is a breeding ground for insects and the monsoons are party time for malaria. Always wear or carry a mosquito repellent. Also try to get rid of any stagnant water as it is the breeding spot for mosquitoes. Empty out the garden pots, old containers and other items that retain water during monsoon.
Avoid walking in the rain
As much as it is tempting, walking in rain water makes you prone to a host of viral diseases such as leptospirosis and can also cause numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails. If your feet get wet, dry them immediately and do not stay in wet socks or shoes. Diabetics especially must take extra care and avoid walking barefoot as the ground is rife with all kinds of germs. If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC environment or change them immediately. Keeping an extra pair of clothes and footwear in the office is a good idea.
Step up the ‘Special C’
Vitamin C, either in natural form or as a food supplement helps to speed up recovery from the cold virus. Try to include red and green peppers, papaya and pineapple into your diet as they are good sources of vitamin C.
We tend to drink less water during monsoon as we are not really thirsty but your body needs water. Drinks lots of water and make sure that you are drinking boiled or purified water. This will lower the risk of waterborne diseases like stomach infection and diarrhea.
Do not wear tight clothing
Avoid wearing tight undergarments, tight jeans and T-shirts etc. in this season; Fungus needs two main things to grow, heat and humidity. By wearing tight undergarments you are providing them a good habitat. So it is very common to get fungal infections in the genital area, neck, underarms etc during this season. So it is better to wear loose clothing and try to keep the part dry as much as possible. When it is cold, wear warm outfit to keep the body warm and prevent shivering.
Eat healthy food
It is important to eat healthy to keep stomach infections at bay. Avoid eating street food, drink boiled water and follow a healthy diet to stay healthy and avoid infections during monsoon.