the Monsoon Blues
season brings with it the much-awaited relief from the long
spell of sultry, scorching summer. However the cooling showers
bring with them an increased susceptibility to a lot of diseases
that are peculiar to the monsoon. It is time we get our safeguards
ready and gear ourselves up to face monsoon in its full glory.
that are spread during the monsoons are basically water borne
and gastrointestinal infections. Typhoid, Diarrhea and Jaundice
are also common. Accumulation of water on the roads promotes
the growth of mosquitoes, which cause malaria and dengue.
Eye flu and infections of the foot are also observed in this
season. Also diseases like dryness, spasmodic pain, high blood
pressure, gas formation and gastric disturbances occur frequently.
Also one comes across cases of viral attacks (not of the NET
variety) and coughs and colds.
following are a few safeguards that one must follow in order
to keep all diseases and infections at bay:
* During monsoon intestinal functions, along with the digestive
system become weak and thus make the body highly susceptible
to any kind of infection. Therefore always eat light food
and avoid as far as possible too much of spicy and fried foods.
* Maximum infections during this season are water borne. Hence
do not drink water which is not properly boiled and stored.
Drinking water should be boiled and properly filtered. It
is best adviced to drink warm water with the meals for easy
* Avoid consuming food that is exposed to the surroundings
for a long time since food that is exposed for a long time
are contaminated by the germs. Flies, the most common carriers
of germs, cause contamination. Therefore remember to cook
the vegetables well and steam them properly to kill the germ
content in them, if any.
* Diabetic patients need to take extra care of their feet
during the monsoon season. These patients should take specific
care, as not to walk barefoot since the soil on which they
walk is a reservoir of all types of germs.
* Asthmatic patients also need to take special care during
monsoon and they should ensure that there is no accumulation
and seepage of water from the vicinity of their residence
since that will cause severe health problems. They should
also ensure that a fungus does not grow in the wooden furniture
and in other articles like shoes and leather bags.
* Prohibit mosquito breeding since they are also carriers
of deadly germs. Do not let water accumulate in your surroundings.
Put a few drops of Kerosene or phenyl in stagnant water to
check the undesired mosquito breeding. Mosquito nets should
be used wherever possible.
from naturally occurring diseases described above, electrical
injuries due to leakage of current, water dripping on to live
electrical wiring, electrocution is also common. It would
be wise to give a thorough check-up to the wirings, switches,
plugs and positioning of wires around the house. Furthermore,
do not forget the electrical appliances. In case they have
any faults, attend to them at the, earliest. A stitch in time
saves nine. Never handle electricity barefoot or with wet
clothes and shoes. You could get a nasty shock.
care of your children who love to splash through waterlogged
streets, this could be dangerous. Water logging conceals a
lot of rubbish spilling over from dustbins, drains and manholes.
It often contains glass pieces, stone chips, slivers of wood
and other substances. These can inflict serious injuries on
tender bare feet. Furthermore, there is always an open manhole
lurking somewhere to gobble up an unwary child.
little effort on your part coupled with care and caution can
really help you enjoy this monsoon to its fullest. Be extra
alert and observe these safety guidelines. Wish you a safe