The monsoon showers are here…! Isn’t it thrilling and refreshing to hear that after the scorching heat of summers? We in India typically experience the rainy season between the months of July and September. It’s the time when children want to enjoy the rains. The tastiest flavors of organic tea on a rainy day with your special someone is the best thing you may need. But amidst the mitti ki khushbo, samosas, pakodas and chai, we need to be a little more cautious about our lifestyle and pay extra attention to any deviation in health before it turns into a major complication.
Diseases spread much faster in the Rains:
As refreshing as it may feel, the risk of being exposed to multiple viruses, bacteria, and other infections and getting sick is extremely high during the monsoons. The humid weather brings with it the perfect conditions which serve as the host of many harmful microbes to thrive and cause wide range of infections and serious health issues for you and your family. Supporting the breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses, the season is also suitable for the rapid spread of the current pandemic causing contagious corona virus, which has taken over the world this year.
Immunity weakens in the Rains:
Moreover, our white blood cells (WBCs – the flagbearer of our immune system) tend to weaken due to fluctuations in the temperature, which obviously reduces our disease fighting power and thus we fall sick often.
Commonly occurring Monsoon Diseases in India:
Most of the common health issues occurring in the rainy season can be divided into the following four categories:
1. Air-borne diseases:
Monsoon brings with it multiple air-borne infections that are caused by tiny disease-causing microbes. They are mostly mild but may cause more trouble to children, senior citizens or people with a weak immune system. The most common air-borne diseases are influenza (or common cold or common flu), viral fever, cough, sore throat, etc.
2. Water / Food-borne diseases:
Intake of unhygienic food and water can cause several diseases, e.g. Diarrhoea, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, etc. According to reports, more than 30 lakh people are affected by water-borne diseases in India. Children being the easiest victims due to developing immune systems.
3. Vector (Mosquito) -borne diseases:
Vectors are bloodsucking insects that can transmit infectious pathogens between humans, or from animals to humans, e.g. Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Lymphatic filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Kala azar or Visceral Leishmaniasis, etc.
4. Various Skin problems:
Excessive moisture content in the air during monsoons may increase fungal and bacterial activity, resulting in wide range of skin and hair problems such as fungal infections, scabies, eczema, dermatitis, ringworm, acne, allergic rash, folliculitis, hair falls, dandruff and other hair problems, etc.
Prevention is better than cure:
The good part is that many of the above diseases are preventable by just being better informed and being a little more cautious towards the health of yourself and your loved ones. Importantly, parents of newborns and small children need to be extra-careful during rainy season to prevent diseases. Therefore, enjoy the splash of rains, but do take the following necessary precautions to keep all diseases at bay:
- Avoid visiting crowded places to reduce your risk of viral infections.
- Avoid contact with the obviously infected person
- Stay home when you are sick
- Practice good hygiene:
- Take a shower daily
- Keep your nails trimmed
- Keep your hair clean, neat and tidy
- Maintain personal hygiene and environmental sanitation
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hand thoroughly, especially after sneezing or coughing
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Always wear a face cover when outside.
- Carry a hand sanitizer or wash your hands often.
- Keep a safe distance from people.
- Keep your umbrella or rain coat always with you.
- Have a bath after getting wet in the rains.
- Keep the room temperature optimum.
- Ensure your homes are well- ventilated at all times.
- Protect your children and ensure they practice good hygiene.
- Wear full-sleeved and light clothes.
- Use mosquito repellents and mosquito nets.
- Don’t allow water to collect anywhere in and around the house.
- Avoid ice-creams and cold drinks.
- Keep yourself hydrated at all times.
- Drink only boiled water every few hours and carry your own boiled water.
- Avoid outside food and eat a balanced diet.
- Keep your food covered at all times.
- Consume freshly-washed, boiled vegetables.
Taking right precautionary measures and practicing basic hygiene can keep you and your family stay safe during this vulnerable season.
What has Homeopathy to offer you:
Homeopathy is the second most popular modes of treatment in the world, used by more than 50 crore people around the world. More and more people are now increasingly recognizing the benefits of a holistic approach to healthcare like this. From a holistic perspective, the patient is considered as unique, and therefore he or she requires individual assessment and treatment. The patient is viewed as a whole, rather than a clinical condition or a set of symptoms. That’s the reason that Homeopathy hits the root cause of the disease stimulates the body’s own natural healing powers to bring health, vitality and well-being. Patients often report improvement in overall energy, mood, quality of sleep, and digestion, and the disappearance of other symptoms apparently unrelated to the condition being treated with homeopathy.
Commonly indicated Homeopathic Remedies for the monsoons are Aconite, Arsenic, Belladonna, Bryonia, Dulcamara, Eupatorium Perf., Ferrum Phos, Natrum Mur, Pulsatilla, Rhododendron, Rhus tox, Sulphur, etc. are some of the frequently used medicines for the health problems of the rainy season.
Self-medication is never to be encouraged as it can be harmful, so timely visit to your nearest homeopath can prevent unnecessary hospital visits and further health problems. For online consultation or any queries related to monsoon illnesses and other health issues, consult our expert homeopathic doctors and book an appointment with us.
Note: The author disclaims all liability for any loss or risk, personal or otherwise incurred as a consequence of use of any material in this article. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.