Shield Yourself from These Deadly Monsoon Maladies

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 25, 2014

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Monsoon brings with it an assortment of health ailments. A sudden variation in temperature puts you at risk of a lot of diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, viral fever and bacterial diseases.
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    Monsoon Health Hazards

    Monsoon brings much respite from the scorching summer heat, but it also bring with itself an assortment of health hazards. The cooling showers of monsoon and sudden variation in temperature puts you at risk of a lot of diseases. Dengue fever, malaria, viral fever and bacterial diseases increase during and after monsoon. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Common Cold, Cough and Viral Fever

    Common cold, cough and viral fever occur most commonly during monsoon season as viruses thrive in humid conditions. To keep them at bay, avoid staying in wet clothes for longer periods. Also, limit the exposure to humid air from air-conditioners, maintain hygiene and eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to give a boost to your immunity. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is often referred to as food poisoning as it is caused by consumption of food/water that is contaminated with bacteria or parasites. The condition may sometimes be accompanied by nausea. To prevent diarrhoea, you need to drink a lot of liquids, practice good hand-washing hygiene and cook food thoroughly (especially meat). (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Malaria

    Malaria is caused by mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water. The symptoms of malaria are fever, body aches, chills and sweating. To prevent malaria, don’t let water stagnate around your house and ensure neighbourhood is clean during monsoon. As a precaution, use mosquito screens, nets or magnetic insect repellent screens. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Typhoid

    Typhoid fever is a contagious disease spread through contact and contamination of foods. It occurs when fever lasts for more than five days and is accompanied by headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and a rash in the second week. Get yourself vaccinated against the condition and avoid eating food from restaurants. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Chikungunya Fever

    Chikungunya fever is a viral condition transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The condition can cause severe, occasionally persistent, joint pain as well as fever and rash. Clean your water containers regularly and use insect repellent to prevent this disease. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is a viral condition that spreads through contaminated food and water. Characterised by an increase in body temperature, body ache, joint pains, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, hepatitis A can become life-threatening if left untreated. To keep hepatitis A at bay, stick to eating homemade food and drink only boiled water. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Stomach Infections

    Stomach infections such as gastroenteritis are of significant threat during monsoon. These infections can cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain. Avoiding roadside food, drinking only boiled water and taking plenty of fluids can keep a check on stomach infections. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Skin Problems

    Our skin needs extra care during monsoon as change in temperatures, humid air and rain can strain the skin. Dandruff, breakouts, acne, ringworms and bacterial infections get aggravated by wet clothes. To keep skin healthy, drink plenty of water and use a light moisturiser to avoid breakouts. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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