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Come monsoon, the weather significantly cools down and most people tend to enjoy the spurts of rainfall. But with the wonderful weather come some ailments that can wreak havoc with your daily life. Viral infections, gastroenteritis, jaundice, lower respiratory tract infections, pneumonia and even malaria are a major concern during this season. We spoke to Dr Akshay Chhallani, Consultant Physician, Wockhardt Hospitals, Vashi and he gave us some useful tips to keep common monsoon diseases at bay.
Tip#1: The most common ailment in the monsoons is the common cold. The easiest way to avoid this is to avoid getting yourself wet in the rain. If you do get wet, make sure you dry yourself completely.
Tip#2:If you suffer from symptoms like fever, cold, cough, etc. do not ignore them and consult your doctor immediately.
Tip#3: The best home remedy for the common cold is a glass of hot turmeric milk. Gargling with warm water also helps to relieve a sore throat. If the condition doesn't improve then it is always better to see a doctor.
Tip#4: It is very important to drink only boiled or filtered drinking water, maintain personal hygiene and good sanitation. This practice will help you avoid common water-borne infections like jaundice, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
Tip#5: Avoid street food during the monsoons; water-logged streets are home to mosquitoes and flies spread diseases like malaria and dengue. Apart from that common water sources could also get contaminated with run off from sewers, which could cause diseases like jaundice and diarrhea as well. So try eating hygienic foods in monsoon.
Tip#6: Try to keep your home clean and avoid having stagnant water in and around where you live since they are very fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes. It is advisable to use DDT in the drains near your home and use mosquito repellents and nets extensively.
Tip#7: During the monsoons, you are also prone to skin and fungal infections. To avoid fungal infections wash your feet well and do not wear wet shoes. Also make sure you wear well dried and washed clothes.
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