Come the season of monsoon and we are plagued with the dooming sense of discomfort, the discomfort that comes from even the sight a mosquito, the discomfort of consequences of a single mosquito bite and most of all the discomfort of having to come across the constantly rising number of patients plagued with Dengue and Chikungunya. The only solution to such discomfort being prevention of diseases to as maximum an extent as possible. But to evaluate the precautions we understand both the diseases first:
Dengue: The virus infection that spreads through the bite of an Aedes mosquito. The symptoms being high fever, severe headache and muscle/joint aches. Being a viral infection the disease cannot be controlled through antibiotics but an early detection and ample rest can help manage the disease a little. The best cure for the disease being precaution.
Chikungunya: This viral infection is spread through the bite of the Albopictus mosquito. The primary symptoms of the disease being severe joint pains with fever. Again there is no specific medication prescribed for this disease and thus the best cure becomes prevention of the disease.
Once the concept of these diseases is understood, we see that the best solution to the problem is its prevention. Listing here are some steps that will help prevent both the diseases dengue as well as chikungunya.
Mosquitoes usually become most active in the monsoon season. So, as soon as the season starts ensure to get the insecticide or larvicide spray done in and around the probable areas mosquitoes could breed as it is going to drone out a number of mosquitoes and thus provide protection.
Mosquitoes are most prone to breed in standing waters, so the primary step to avoid mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing waters. These standing waters can be found anywhere like planters, pots or any place that can hold a puddle of water.
Most probable to breed in rainwaters, these little beasts should be avoided by taking precaution against any puddles of rainwaters.
Mosquitoes being weak fliers can easily be shooed away with the slightest blowing of the wind. So when planning to dine out or relax in the open, make sure you install a fan which would push the mosquitos away.
Ensuring complete personal protection against mosquitoes is important, therefore personal mosquito repellants containing DEET can be used for treating the clothes during a wash. Natural mosquito repellants like eucalyptus oil and oil of lemon can be helpful too.
Leaving the least skin exposed would help protect the covered parts from any attack from the mosquitoes. So, whenever the weather permits try wearing pants, full sleeved shirts and socks to minimise the risk.
It is important to ensure protection during your sleep. Therefore, the use of air conditioning, mosquito repellants and mosquito netting is suggested in the night.
When it comes to the kind of diet that can be taken to prevent such diseases, a daily intake of Giloy is prescribed. The wonder herb by the name Giloy is known to prevent any fevers and body aches. This herb is an excellent blood purifier and a sure thing to break chronic fevers. The herb can be taken by boiling it in water and then drinking the same water or by having the Giloy capsules easily available in the market. This herb is extremely effective and is without any adverse side effects.
The above said precautions would reduce the risk of getting these diseases, but if in spite of the precautions, you develop a fever or any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact a doctor at the earliest and get yourself tested against dengue/chikungunya. To view a list of reliable doctors in your area visit www.eventuslife.com and book an appointment with your prefered doctor or order medicines from your local chemist with free home delivery and discounts from www.eventuslife.com.
The monsoons bring in a whole lot of excitement and refreshment that helps people drive away the summer heat. It’s a change welcomed by most, even from those who do not like to get their feet wet. However, the change of season also brings with it a lot of uninvited elements, like water borne diseases and ailments, which are more likely to affect us due to low immunity during the season. Here are some healthy tips that can help you stay healthy and enjoy the monsoons this year.
AVOID STREET FOOD
With monsoons, everyone develops a taste for savory snacks like the gol-guppas, bhajiyas and other mouth watering chaats. However, the water used in the preparation of these delicacies by the local vendors is quite questionable, and should therefore be avoided during the rainy season. If you still feel the craving, have some home-made snacks instead.
CARRY YOUR OWN WATER
Avoid drinking water from taps outside or other watering points as water borne diseases are at peak during the monsoons. Carry your own bottle of RO purified or boiled water as much as you can. If not able to do so, make sure that you buy bottled water from reliable vendors. Also avoid drinking shakes and juices from outside.
EAT LIGHT FOOD
Make sure that you eat sumptuous yet light meals during the monsoons. Deep fried and spicy foods are rich in salts and cause water retention, acidity and indigestion. Try lighter home-made foods like fresh fruits & salads, moong daal, khichri, corn and oatmeal that help with an easy digestion.
LOW IMPACT EXERCISES
The monsoon season is high in humidity levels and therefore leads to a water drainage from the body. So, if you are a regular fitness person, try avoiding the high intensity exercises and gym session. You can follow a light regime like yoga, swimming and stretching to avoid excess drainage from your body, while maintaining that healthy streak.
CARRY RAINCOATS &
Rains in India are unpredictable and erratic to say the least. Make sure that you carry your required protection while stepping outside your home or office. Stay drenched in rain for longer periods can fluctuate body temperature. Several compact raincoats and umbrellas are available in the market that are easy to carry and can keep you sheltered from the rains as you enjoy its beauty.