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Monsoon, the season of rains, cool breeze and refreshing weather brings pleasure and relief from scorching sun to everyone irrespective of their age. The magic of monsoon relieves stress and lifts mood instantly. Along with the entire pleasure monsoon also brings infections, allergies and serious health illnesses. Many people especially children and senior citizens face difficulties in this season. We need some serious extra care for ourselves and our family to be disease free and enjoy the weather. In monsoon we get affected by some water borne, air borne, food borne and mosquito borne diseases along with allergies and infections. These diseases lead to low immunity and make us more prone to many illnesses. We tend to miss schools, office and our regular responsibilities in this season due to common monsoon diseases.

Here are some common monsoon diseases that affect us

  • Cold
  • Cough

Water borne diseases- caused due to drinking contaminated water by micro organisms.

  • Cholera
  • Sore throat
  • Typhoid
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis E
  • Leptospirosis

Air borne diseases – caused by breathing infected pathogens expelled by infected persons through coughing, sneezing and talking.

  • Flu or influenza
  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Anthrax
  • Diphtheria
  • Meningitis
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • H1N1 flu or swine flu

Food borne disease- caused due to intake of contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and chemicals.

  • Food poisoning
  • Salmonella
  • Norovirus
  • Campylobacter
  • E.coli
  • Listeria

Mosquito borne diseases- caused due to some mosquito bite

  • Dengue
  • Chikungunya
  • Malaria
  • Zika virus
  • West Nile virus
  • Elephantiasis
  • Infections
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Eye infection (conjunctivitis)
  • Gastro intestinal infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin and scalp infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Several allergies
  • Increase in pains like joint pains.

Preventing Monsoon Diseases :

We can prevent monsoon diseases by following few tips and with extra care. Here are few tips to follow to prevent illnesses in monsoon

  • Eat healthy diet, have hot soups, fresh fruits and vegetables and be hydrated to improve immunity and to flush away toxins from the body.
  • Keep your house and surroundings clean to avoid infections and allergies.
  • People should avoid being and playing around stagnant water as it is breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Carry rain gears when you go out to avoid drenching in rain and it helps to stay away from cold and cough.
  • If you got drenched in water, take a hot water shower to avoid skin and scalp infections.
  • Wash your hands and feet frequently and keep them dry to avoid germs, bacteria and other skin infections.
  • Avoid eating junk food or road side food in monsoon to avoid food borne diseases.
  • Children should avoid keeping hands near mouth, eyes and ears to avoid several infections and allergies.
  • Keep your house dry to avoid falling and injuries.
  • Adjust room temperatures at night times to avoid cold weather.
  • Apply mosquito repellent cream on skin to avoid mosquito borne diseases.
  • Avoid crowded areas to avoid air borne diseases.

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