Enjoy the rains without falling sick

Rain is one of the best expressions of nature. Particularly after a spell of sweltering heat. Be it human beings, flowers, trees, bees, animals...rain rejuvenates us all.

But well, congested urban living has made us dread the annual monsoons at times. Waterlogged roads, overflowing drains, traffic jams, and diseases sadly mar the thrill of rain more often than not.

While better handling of roads and drains lies in the hands of the civic authorities, warding off rain-related diseases surely lies under our command.

For, if we pay extra care to hygiene during the monsoon showers, we can keep our bodies from being susceptible to infections.

According to the Global Health Council, most infections during the monsoon stem from two sources: contaminated food and water, and mosquitoes.

Diseases that spread during the monsoon can be water borne, like typhoid and gastrointestinal infections. Also due to the rains, water puddles are formed on roads, or clogged drains fill up, and both are a breeding ground for mosquitoes causing malaria and dengue.

Skin infections, conjunctivitis, ear infections and foot infections are also very common. Then there is a possibility of viral fever, colds and coughs due to the changing season.

These ailments can get serious if we don’t bother about good personal hygiene.

The Council, which comprises leading international experts in virology, microbiology, infectious disease, immunology and public health, has come up with a few tips on how you could sail through the monsoon and prevent yourself from catching infections:

Personal Hygiene

Scientific evidence proves that washing hands and targeted disinfection can help prevent the spread of infection. Use a good antibacterial handwash.

Washing hands properly. According to our experts, it reduces the risk of diarrhoea and dysentery by as much as 47 per cent, the risk of communicable diseases (like flu) by up to 59 per cent and also lessens the risk of respiratory infections by up to 16 per cent.

The risk of fungal infections increases due to high humidity levels. Dampness can lead to skin problems and athlete’s foot. Put a few drops of trusted antiseptic liquid in a tub/bucket of water and soak your feet for a few minutes. If prone to such infections, take a bath at least twice a day with a good anti-bacterial soap. You can also add a few drops of antiseptic liquid to your bath water.

Wear loose cotton clothes that let the body breathe and thus help reduce sweating

Home Hygiene

Keep your footwear on a shoe rack near the door so that they avoid carrying germs into the house.

Mop your home twice daily to get rid of the bacteria and flies by adding a few drops of antiseptic liquid or disinfectant.

Do not let water accumulate in and around your house.

Also empty water from air-coolers as they can become breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

Eating Habits

Use filtered and boiled water.

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating raw.

Avoid consuming pre-cut fruits, street foods and juices.

Eat well-cooked food.

For more information on hygiene, you can visit www.hygienecouncil.com

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