The rainy shower brings with it a scenic view of greenery for us to enjoy from our windows and the fresh earthy smell that we all love which refreshes our mind and soul. A hot cuppa with some scrumptious pakoras and the right book is a perfect set up to spend a lazy monsoon evening with the rhythmic pitter patter of the rain drops in the backdrop for company. This habit according to some researchers is the perfect reason to why we tend to gain some extra weight during the monsoon season; attributed to our insatiable craving for fun foods paired with a sluggish digestive system. The humidity in the atmosphere is high during the rainy season and as a result the body’s digestive capability goes down. To satiate our cravings an alternative is to binge on nutritional food which helps to restore energy and increase the body’s immunity. It is vital to monitor our diet in the monsoons as it helps build immunity and prevent diseases which are rampant in this season from affecting our body.
The monsoon also brings along with it, its share of woes like water logged roads, bottomless potholes and endless traffic jams. These stagnant pools of water in turn behave as ideal breeding grounds for disease-causing microorganisms which even an umbrella or a raincoat cannot protect us from sometimes.
It is raining infections!!
We can expect it’s going to be raining infections when the monsoon season returns with a vengeance shortly. Our body gets affected constantly with allergies and infections in happy wheels demo the monsoon as it is more susceptible due to reduced immunity. These damp and filthy conditions are conducive for many disease-causing organisms which cause some serious health problems, the most common being respiratory tract infections.
Monsoon and RTIs: Though still no cases of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus have been reported in India, it has been in the news lately for causing health scare abroad. Respiratory tract infections or RTIs are common throughout the year, but they are aggravated during the monsoons due to the climatic changes. They are classified into two types – upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs).
The demographic of those affected with RTIs varies from children less than 5 years of age to those above 65 and even affecting the upwardly mobile young people, who travel. The symptoms for URTIs can be treated with symptomatic treatments by taking cough syrups, antipyretic and antibiotics under the proper guidance of a doctor; whereas the symptoms of LRTIs need the prompt attention of the doctor and shouldn’t be ignored. Therefore, precautions must be taken during the monsoon to prevent one-self from falling ill.
With monsoon round the corner it is time to make ourselves aware of the major diseases rampant in this season and to take the necessary precautions to prevent it. Read our next blog – Monsoon maladies to know more…