Monsoons are ready to reward you with a refreshing dip. For many, it is the most awaited and wonderful time of the year, but it can also expose you to potentially serious health risks. Wet weather has its own challenges. No, it does not mean you won’t enjoy monsoon, you can still have an awesome time. All you have to do is to be a little cautious about your well-being.
Here are a few of our tips to take care of your well-being while you enjoy the rainy season:
Protect yourself from mosquitoes
Everyone is familiar with names like malaria, dengue and chikungunya and the fact that how serious the bite of infected mosquitoes can be. There are many measures you can take to avoid being bitten, including: using mosquito repellent, wearing light coloured, long-sleeved clothes when you’re outdoors and using a mosquito net at night-time.
Think about what you eat and drink
Foodborne illnesses are a major cause of diarrhoea and sometimes can lead to serious illness like hepatitis A or cholera. Being careful about what you eat and drink is very important. For starters, avoid eating outside food. While it’s tempting to reach for comfort food when it’s raining outside, but street food that has been left exposed to flies or food that is being prepared in poor hygienic can contain pathogenic bacteria or viruses.
Boost your immunity
Focus on strengthening your immune system to give it the best chance to fight off against disease-causing microorganisms. Some of the healthy ways of boosting your immune system include, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
Maintain monsoon hygiene
One of the most effective ways to protect others and yourself from illness is maintaining cleanliness and personal hygiene. Make sure your surroundings are clean and there is no stagnant water. Stagnant water can become an active breeding ground for mosquitoes and other nuisance insects. Furthermore adhering to basic standards of personal hygiene like taking bath, washing hands frequently will also help diminish the spread of disease-carrying bacteria and viruses.