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Health care tips for the monsoons

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Monsoons are a welcome relief after the sweltering heat. It refreshes you and you breathe a sigh of relief that you no longer have to bear the sizzling summer heat again. But the monsoon season also brings with it a host of diseases and infections, such as the flu, cold and cough and other viral infections. You have to take all the precautions to avoid falling ill. Children, students, moms and office goers have to maintain a healthy hygiene and diet, to stay safe from the contagious infections this season brings. The humid, wet and warm climate causes a surfeit of diseases such as diarrhoea, food poisoning, hepatitis, dengue, typhoid and so on. Here are a few preventive measures for the rainy season to keep your family and you disease free:

Take a shower if you get drenched in rain


This might sound strange, but taking a shower after getting wet in rain, does protect you from a lot of infections. Rainy season health care tips are simple but if you don’t take care, you might be susceptible to fever, cold and other infections. 

Increase your intake of vitamin C

Health care tips and preventive measures for the monsoons includes increasing your vitamin C intake in natural form such as drinking lemonade or using lemon as garnish, and eating other citrus food will help keep the cold virus at bay. And when you do get a cold, vitamin C helps to get cured faster. Though doctors are still debating whether vitamin C is good for colds or not, statistics show that the C vitamin activates antibodies which reduce the severity of cold. You could supplement your vitamin C intake with tablets too.

Drink your favourite hot beverage

 Drink your favourite hot beverage

Monsoons increase your craving for a hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. With the cool temperature you can indulge in your favourite beverage, especially if you get wet in the rain. Soup and a glass of warm/hot milk will also keep you from catching a cold. This is because your body temperature is regulated by the hot drink.

Stay clean

The warm humid weather of monsoon is ideal for the growth of many micro-organisms. That is why, you must maintain good hygiene in this season. Be sure to wear clean clothes, wash your hands frequently. You must also keep a sanitizer with you when you’re on the move, so that you can clean your hands before eating.

Eat cleanly prepared food

 Eat cleanly prepared food

Health care tips and preventive measures for the monsoons dictate that as far as possible, eat food which has been prepared at home. Strictly avoid street side food as you can’t be sure of the way it’s been prepared. Eat nutritious homemade food and maintain hygiene in your home.

Don’t forget your rain gear

One of the preventive measures for the rainy season would be to make it a habit to carry your rain gear with you in the rainy season, as. It’s the most simple and effective way to be safe from the rain. Keep an umbrella in your car, and a raincoat with a hood in your bag. Get hold of some waterproof shoes to keep your feet dry.

Drink lots of water

Drink adequate water

Drink a lot of water as water flushes out a lot of toxins. The drop in temperature may not make you thirsty, but it’s good to drink water or fluids as you need to stay hydrated. Apart from toxins, any minor infection can also be reduced just by drinking plenty of fluids. Make yourself juices and soups and increase your liquid intake. 

Health care tips and preventive measures for the monsoons

The monsoon season brings many diseases with it. Take a look at some of these diseases and how you can keep yourself healthy:



Malaria is caused by the female Anopheles mosquito which breeds in dirty, stagnant water. To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, do not allow water to stagnate in and around your home. Use mosquito repellents and nets to be safe from mosquitoes.

Cholera and Typhoid

Cholera and Typhoid

The bacteria which causes cholera and typhoid are usually found in contaminated water or food, and sometimes poor hygiene also causes these diseases.

According to rainy season health care tips, you must wash your hands with soap, get yourself vaccinated and drink only boiled ,RO or bottled water. Avoid sushi, other raw food, and ice cream too.

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