Monsoon Rain: Tips to protect from common diseases

By Mahmood Hussain 13th August 2017 written for Baby First Pakistan. 14th August Happy Independence to all fan and readers in Pakistan.

Monsoon season rain normally starts from the end of June and last till mid of September each year. As soon as monsoon season arrives we need to learn and understand how to avoid unpleasant illness. We all need to know what precautions we need to take to guard ourselves and all family members especially young ones from the monsoon. Below are few important guidelines:

Enjoying Monsoon rain

Place of living should be neat and tidy

The place should be free from bugs, dust and insects. In this season female mosquito bite may cause malaria, dengue, and viral infection. Ensure near your house there is no water logging if so do clear it otherwise this may be breeding ground for mosquito and bacteria. Change the bed sheet and pillow cover at least once a week to avoid odor due to damp and misty weather.

If get wet in rain or exposed to heat & humidity

Exposure to any of the above conditions the human body may develop the disease or likely to catch the infection.  Take shower and use of soap while bathing this will stabilize the body temperature and protect the body from germs and help in avoiding infection which may lead to illness.

Dink fluid and hot soup

It is needed to drink safe, healthy and clean liquid to keep yourself hydrated and energetic.  A bowl of hot soup is good for the body to keep it healthy and fit. Secondly, soup is also good for decongestion, clear airway/nasal passage.  It is the way to avoid catching infection and flu. Adding lemon and garlic to the soup, will add antibacterial property and enhance the body immunity.

An importance of Physical Activity

It is strongly recommended to invest time in physical activity. Devote at least 40 minutes for five days a week for physical activities throughout the year. This should comprise of aerobic and cardiac exercise to be healthy and active.

Distance away from fried and unhealthy food

Especially in monsoon or rainy season avoid eating fried foods which tempt you as tradition or culture that rolls, pakoras, samosas, Due to increase in humidity and rainy season body digestion slow down. Eat or consume fresh green vegetable, just cooked rice or khichri or freshly cooked sea food the fish, shrimp or prawn.

Proper sleep

Catch up 7- 8hour sound sleep per day for healthy, calm and active life.

In Indo-Pakistan specially and overall in Southeast Asia, if severe rain falls within a short span, this may result in flooding in the respective area.  This flooding may be due to heavy rain in short span of time and also due to the improper drainage system and nullahs. These are not cleaned on time to give way to excessive water due to heavy rain in short span commonly observed in Pakistan.

In this year of 2017 with the start of monsoon season till to date that is 11th August 2017 more than 110 deaths are reported so far by print and electronic media of Pakistan.  Still, the monsoon season will last in the region for more than one month at least.

Monsoon season is time for fun because of rain, wonderful stormy and cloudy weather. The chances of infection and illness are also knocking on the doorstep due to damp condition, standing water and due to persistent heat and humidity factors.

The common infection and disease:

  • Cough and cold
  • Diarrhea and dysentery
  • Feeling of Nausea and vomiting.
  • Malaria.
  • Fever due to viral infection
  • Sore throat
  • Allergy

Viral Infection

Besides other ailments as mentioned above viral infection are also more common and easily spread in monsoon because of damp weather which is very suitable for its spread. The intensity of viral infection spread is more common in children and this needs to be properly taken care.  Virus infection in the adult is of minor in nature but it does affect them.

Dr. MJ Jaykanth, consultant physician, and specialist attached for more than a decade with Apollo Hospital at Bagalur, Bangalore, India with special interest on this topic. In his article communicated very clearly and precisely how we need to prevent and protect ourselves and children’s in monsoon season from these common infections and ailments.

Cases of dengue fever are also reported in Pakistan especially in the province of Punjab in this year monsoon season. Few cases of Naegleria also reported in Karachi. Rainfall increases threat of dengue larvae spread, by Samma dated July 26, 2017

Tips for protection in Monsoon weather

  • Drink clean water. It is very good to drink boil or clean water by purifier. Contaminated or unsafe water give rise to water borne diseases such as gastroenteritis, diarrhea, vomiting, typhoid, jaundice A&E. During monsoon season these ailments are quite common because of consumption of contaminated water.
  • Proper Hand washing or use of sanitizer now days readily available. Washing your hands and asking your young ones to follow the same habit frequently will prevent from infections.  It is an important hygiene habit and protects you as well as your family members.

Several more important guidelines recommended these are: a separate towel for individual use, apply mosquito repellent to the exposed area if going out or sitting in the area without net If needed to remain outside use net, cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief while sneezing and coughing. Wear and also manage to keep your cloth dry. Please isolate your wet clothes, socks and shoes away because these can be the source of fungal infections. These wet garments to be washed properly and cleaned.

The article is written by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First Pakistan


About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectorDirector & General Manager Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan March 2011 – till to date I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.General Manager Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.General Manager Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)Education MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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