Courtesy high humidity, the monsoon is the perfect time for germs that cause water-borne diseases to thrive. While general health precautions like washing hands and drinking boiled water go a long way in keeping infections at bay, here are other simple ways to safeguard your health.
Staying in wet clothes for hours in an air-conditioned environment can lead to hypothermia or low body temperature leading to shivering. Viral fever transmitted through the air in the form of droplets is also very common. You can fall sick simply by coming in contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus, let alone affected individuals. Unwashed hands are the biggest cause for the spread of common cold.
Leptospirosis during monsoon is caused when the bacterium excreted by rats and other animals mixes with rainwater. When a person with open wounds comes in contact with the infected rainwater, germs enter the blood stream and slowly attack the liver.
Ever noticed that eeky-looking green fungus sitting on your clothes during the rains? Well, it also affects skin and hair. Because of the humidity, skin tends to secrete more oil and sweat in this season, which attracts germs. Candida is a fungus that is present on the skin, which if constantly exposed to water multiplies causing infection. Scalp problems such as hair loss, itchiness and dandruff are also common.