The monsoons have arrived. And rains are a great delight especially after the scorching heat of summer. The cloudy sky, the downpour and lush greenery all around make the season a beautiful time to enjoy and get relief from the harsh and sweaty summers. 

But monsoons also brings several diseases due to change of weather, food and water contamination, and breeding of mosquitoes in stagnated waters. Many people get sick during the monsoon as the damp and filthy conditions give the insects and pathogenic micro-organisms a good scope to multiply and spread diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever, common cold, gastrointestinal disturbances etc. 

The due precaution to be taken to prevent them are:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Prefer boiled water as drinking clean water is important in order to prevent water-borne diseases. 
  2. Don't forget to carry your umbrella and raincoat with you always. 
  3. Avoid getting wet in the rains.
  4. Wear full sleeved shirts, pants and socks while going to sleep.
  5. Use mosquito repellent on the body.
  6. Avoid eating raw foods during monsoon. 
  7. Wash the vegetables and fruits properly with clean water before consuming. 
  8. Remember to take bath every time you get wet in the rain or after coming back to home as taking a bath helps in normalising our body temperature.
  9. Have warm water or herbal tea. Keep your body dry and moderately warm to avoid cold and cough.
  10. Don’t enter air-conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp clothes.
  11. Dry your feet whenever they get wet. 
  12. Don't allow your children's to play near stagnant water or water filled puddles.
  13. Avoid eating street food. Eat fresh, home-cooked meals.
  14. Don't smoke and avoid drinking alcohol as it will decrease your immunity. 
  15.  Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after you have visited the restroom.

A little effort on your part coupled with care and caution can really help you enjoy this monsoon to its fullest. Happy Monsoon!