In monsoon season keep health pangs at bay

monsoon season

Lucknow: During the monsoon season, various health problems can arise due to increased humidity, waterlogging, and a proliferation of disease-causing organisms. Here are some common health issues faced during this time:

  1. Waterborne Diseases:
    • Cholera: Caused by contaminated water, leading to severe diarrhea and dehydration.
    • Typhoid Fever: Also spread through contaminated food and water, causing high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite.
    • Hepatitis A: Spread through contaminated food and water, affecting the liver and causing jaundice.
  2. Vector-borne Diseases:
    • Malaria: Spread by mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water, causing fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms.
    • Dengue Fever: Also spread by mosquitoes, leading to high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, rash, and mild bleeding.
    • Chikungunya: Another mosquito-borne disease causing fever and severe joint pain.
  3. Respiratory Infections:
    • Common Cold and Flu: The humid weather can make people more susceptible to viral infections, leading to symptoms like cough, cold, fever, and body aches.
    • Asthma: Increased humidity and dampness can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory issues.
  4. Skin Infections:
    • Fungal Infections: The humid environment can lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and yeast infections.
    • Bacterial Infections: Increased moisture can also cause bacterial skin infections, such as cellulitis and impetigo.
  5. Gastrointestinal Problems:
    • Food Poisoning: Consuming contaminated food can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
    • Gastroenteritis: Inflammation of the stomach and intestines, usually resulting in diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
  6. Leptospirosis:
    • A bacterial infection spread through water contaminated with the urine of infected animals, leading to symptoms like high fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, and sometimes rash.
  7. Jaundice:
    • Can be caused by contaminated water and food, leading to yellowing of the skin and eyes, fatigue, and abdominal pain.

Prevention Tips

  • Drink Safe Water: Use filtered or boiled water for drinking and cooking.
  • Maintain Hygiene: Wash hands frequently, especially before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Avoid Stagnant Water: Prevent mosquito breeding by not allowing water to collect in and around your home.
  • Use Insect Repellents: Apply mosquito repellent creams and use mosquito nets while sleeping.
  • Eat Fresh Food: Avoid eating street food and ensure that food is cooked properly.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved clothes and pants to reduce exposure to mosquito bites.
  • Keep Surroundings Clean: Ensure your environment is clean and free from garbage and debris.

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