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How to Keep Your Health in Check During Monsoons Apart from the great weather, the monsoons also bring with it a host of problems. Here's how you can avoid them.

INDIA HAS many seasons but monsoons are what every Indian enjoys the most. Its arrival gives great relief from the dry and hot summers, nature blooms and the plant and animal kingdoms are rejuvenated.

But along with all the niceties that this season offers, there are chances of getting ill, too. And as they say, prevention is better than cure.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to enjoy a healthy monsoon season.

Skin care

Always keep it clean & dry. Every time you get wet, dry yourself quickly & change your clothes. Wearing wet clothes & socks can lead to many skin diseases.

How to stay healthy during monsoons
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Prickly heat is the most common skin disease during monsoons. The skin turns red with red dots accompanied by stinging or prickly sensation. Usually, it heals on its own. But you can avoid the annoying feeling by wearing cotton clothes, taking frequent showers, and keeping your skin dry and cool.

Bacteria and infections

The skin also harbours many germs which become active during hot & humid conditions and start multiplying. This can cause bacterial infections. leading to the formation of pus after shaving, scratching and mosquito bites.

If the itching persists, show it to a doctor as it can be a fungal infection. Inspect your skin properly. The infection can appear as white spots on face, chest & back.

Check between your toes, there can be a raw area with white spots & denuded skin caused by fungus. Nail fungal infections are also common which makes your nail brittle & discolored.

Fungal infections take a long time to heal. So look for them, take early action and consult a dermatologist.

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Mosquitoes

Wear full sleeves & full pants to avoid mosquito bites. Don’t scratch mosquito bites as this can lead to pus formation.

There are different types of mosquitoes during this season causing malaria, chikungunya, cerebral malaria, and dengue. Keep your surroundings clean and don’t let water collect anywhere to prevent mosquito breeding.

Fever with chills and rigour, headache, generalised body aches, joint pains, malaise, vomiting, and sometimes even convulsions should warranty doctor consultation.

General Hygiene

Keep your hair dry & inspect your scalp as many hair infections remain hidden beneath the hair.

Change your towels every day. Don’t share towels as infections spread from person to person.

Keep your shaving kit in the sun whenever possible as sunlight acts as a sterilizer and kills germs.

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Wash your eyes frequently & wipe with a clean cloth to avoid eye flu and other eye infections. Consult a doctor if there excessive watering of eyes with discharge, stickiness, itching, gritty feeling and pain as it readily spreads from one eye to the other and from person to person.

Water and food contamination is very common during the monsoons. Drink clean water and always eat hot food. Avoid eating outside. By doing this you can avoid diseases like food poisoning, jaundice, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, cholera etc.

Loose motions, prolonged fever, vomiting, extreme weakness, yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes are some of the symptoms which need a doctor’s attention.

Canned, tinned and packaged milk and milk products should be avoided. Always check the expiry date of the product & confirm their storage temperatures.

Always wash your hands before eating, monsoon or no monsoons! A simple act but often forgotten.

Dr Niruta Sharma is a consultant Cardiologist at RML Hospital, New Delhi. She believes that your health is in your hands.

~ENDS~

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