8 Simple Rainy Season Precautions to Stay Healthy in this Monsoon
Rainy Season Precautions to Stay Safe in this Monsoon
The rains are a much-awaited change of season for most of us. It is eagerly awaited by kids and adults as it brings respite from the scorching summer heat and refreshes us. But, it can also bring along with it a wide range of minor and major illnesses such as viruses and various types of infections. Stagnant water in the form of small puddles in your locality can lead to the breeding of dangerous breeds of mosquitoes that can spread different infections. It is necessary to take certain precautions to keep your family safe while enjoying the monsoon to the fullest.
The specialists at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi explain that the monsoons tend to weaken our immune system which can lead to different types of diseases. Water-borne diseases are the most common during this season. Infections and viruses that are caused during this season can be contagious and can lead to problems such as fever, flu and stomach issues. They further explain that fever is usually a sign of the body trying to fight some kind of infection that has entered the body.
8 Monsoon Health Tips to Stay Healthy During Rainy Season!
The healthcare specialists at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital Vashi recommend the 8 rainy season precautions that can be followed during the monsoon to stay healthy and keep infections at bay while enjoying the rains.
- Drink clean and boiled water
- Avoid street food and junk food
- Avoid stagnant water around the house
- Wash fruits and vegetables carefully
- Get your beauty sleep
- Follow an exercise regimen
- Wash your hands
- Avoid getting wet in the rain too often
1. Drink clean and boiled water
Water sources can get contaminated during the monsoon and this increases the chance of contracting waterborne diseases. Stomach issues and fever are some of the most common health woes during this season. It is necessary to have a water filter at home or one can also traditionally boil water daily for consumption. It is also recommended to carry drinking water whenever you travel or to only buy sealed and packaged water when necessary.
2. Avoid street food and junk food
Many hawkers sell popular street food and freshly cut fruits that are stored in the open. It is best to avoid such foods as they are kept in the open and are vulnerable to harmful microorganisms. The longer these foods are exposed to the open air the higher the chances of contracting infections if consumed.
3. Avoid stagnant water around the house
Breeding of mosquitoes is one of the most dangerous issues during the monsoon season. Open water storage at home and water puddles that are stagnating around the house are breeding grounds for such insects. You must always ensure that drinking water is covered in pots and vessels or bottles. Also, make sure that the drains in the locality are not clogged and remove any visible sources of stagnant water.
4. Wash fruits and vegetables carefully
It is imperative to scrub fruits and vegetables that have been bought from the market under running water. There are different types of germs that thrive on the skins of fruits and vegetables and it is best to avoid eating raw cut salads from street vendors during the monsoons. It is advisable to opt for clean and freshly cooked home food during the rains.
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5. Get your beauty sleep
Late working hours or unhealthy sleeping habits tend to disrupt your immunity and can increase the chances of contracting flu and cold-like symptoms during the monsoons. It is recommended to clock in 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night to help boost your immunity and stay healthy during this season.
6. Follow an exercise regimen
Even though activities such as walking, skipping, yoga, cycling or running can be hampered during the monsoon don’t let this season dampen your exercise routine. While exercising not only helps you stay in shape, it also maintains your immunity, improves blood circulation and fortifies your body against viruses and bacteria.
7. Wash your hands
It is important to wash and sanitise your hands before every meal especially when you come home from outside. Practice good hand hygiene especially during the monsoon to ensure the skin of your hands is clean while consuming food. This is necessary because harmful germs tend to multiply at a faster rate during the monsoon.
8. Avoid getting wet in the rain too often
This is easier said than done, living in a city like Mumbai can force you to get stuck in heavy rain spells almost every alternate day. It is advisable to keep an umbrella or a raincoat readily available if you’re heading out to help protect you from getting thoroughly wet and falling ill.
It only requires a little effort on your part to ensure you stay fit and healthy during the monsoon while enjoying the beauty of this season to its fullest.
Consultant Physician & Diabetologist
Director, Internal Medicine