Healthcare and Precautions for Rainy Season

While rains are much awaited in our country for the relief they provide from summers, along with it comes the damp climate that causes many diseases, like malaria, fungal infections, typhoid, cholera, and viral fever. 

Since it is important for you to take measures to avoid falling sick during this season, here are a few things you can keep in mind.

Malaria and Dengue
As there are chances of water getting accumulated in many places, which thereby turn into breeding spots for mosquitoes, diseases like Malaria and Dengue are rife during this season. The easiest precaution is to use repellents and nets. Always keep the surroundings clean and dry, and never let the water stagnate.  Despite these precautions, if the symptoms, like recurring fever, high temperature, headache, and swollen joints occur, seek medical help immediately. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help patients from getting worse.

Viral Fever
Persistent humidity and warm weather rains are the reasons for viral fever, which is usually transmitted through the air.  While sneezing, sore throat, and high temperature are the symptoms, it can be prevented by keeping yourself dry. Always cover the mouth while sneezing. If drinking a glass of warm milk with turmeric and gargling don’t help, consulting doctor is the best.

“Always protect yourself and your children by taking the basic precautions. Do not ignore any kind of rashes or infections. In addition, do not self-medicate if unwell; consult a physician if suffering from fever for more than three days.” says Dr T Srinivasulu, Consultant General Physician and Diabetologist at Gleneagles Global Hospital.

Stomach Infection
Stomach infections are very unpleasant and can be extremely dangerous for kids. While the cause for this is either viral or bacterial infection, symptoms are persistent motions and vomiting. Hydrating the patient constantly and immediate medical attention is advised.

Adding to this Dr T Srinivasulu says, “To prevent stomach infection, wash hands with soap regularly, do not eat outside food, wash and clean fruits and vegetables before eating, always heat food and eat, drink filtered or boiled water. Do not leave children near animals unless they consciously wash hands with soap or use a sanitizer later.” 

-Sumana Reddy
With inputs from Dr Talacheru Srinivasulu, MD
Consultant General Physician and Diabetologist at Gleneagles Global Hospitals.