Monsoon Care: Tips from Hyderabad doctors to stay healthy during rains

The monsoon season brings refreshing rain but also a host of health risks. From water-borne diseases to respiratory infections, it’s crucial to modify your lifestyle habits to stay healthy during this time.
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Hyderabad: The monsoon season brings refreshing rain but also a host of health risks. From water-borne diseases to respiratory infections, it’s crucial to modify your lifestyle habits to stay healthy during this time.

Here are some essential health tips curated from the insights of doctors in Hyderabad:

Increase Vitamin C intake

Monsoon is the perfect time for viruses and bacteria to thrive. Vitamin C is crucial for boosting immunity and fighting off infections.

Dr Anjali Rao, a general physician in Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad, said, “To boost immunity, increase Vitamin C intake by consuming sprouts, fresh green vegetables, and oranges. Vitamin C helps in the production of white blood cells vital for combating infections.”

Drink clean water

Staying hydrated is crucial. But it’s equally important to drink clean and purified water to prevent water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

“Always carry a water bottle and ensure the water you drink outside is pure. Use water purifiers at home and avoid drinking water from unreliable sources,” added Dr Anjali.

Increase probiotic intake

Probiotics can improve your gut health and build resilience against infections.

Dr Priya Sharma, a Hyderabad-based nutritionist, recommended: “Include curds, yoghurt, buttermilk and homemade pickles in your diet to strengthen the digestive system. Probiotics help maintain the balance of good bacteria in your gut, essential for a healthy immune response.”

Avoid junk food

Street food and the roadside display and sale of freshly cut fruits can harbour harmful microorganisms, especially during the monsoon. “It’s best to avoid these foods during the monsoon to prevent infections,” advised Dr Priya. The increased moisture in the environment can make food spoil faster and increase the risk of contamination.

Care for your fruits and vegetables

Similarly at home, always clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove germs and pesticides.

Dr Priya recommended: “Avoid eating raw cut fruits and salads from street vendors. Wash your produce under running water and use a vegetable brush if necessary. This ensures that you remove any contaminants before consumption."

Destroy breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water and can spread diseases like dengue and malaria.

Dr Sameera Ainavolu, an infectious disease specialist at KIMS Hospital, Hyderabad advised, “Ensure there is no stagnant water around your home and use mosquito nets and repellents. Regularly check and clean water storage containers, and keep your surroundings dry and clean to prevent mosquito breeding.”

Take precautions against mosquitoes

Another way to stop diseases from mosquitoes is by applying mosquito repellents when going out. Dr Anjali said, “Use repellents and nets to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Wear long-sleeved clothing and use insect repellents on exposed skin to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.”

Add a disinfectant to bathwater

After getting wet in the rain, it’s important to bathe with a disinfectant to prevent infections.

Dr Ainavolu said, “Using products like Dettol or Savlon can help protect against microorganisms you may have picked up while getting wet. This practice can prevent skin infections and keep you healthy.”

Iron damp clothes

Moulds can grow on damp clothes stored in cool places leading to respiratory problems and skin infections.

Dr Ainavolu suggested, “Iron your clothes to keep them dry and mould-free. Damp conditions can promote the growth of fungi and bacteria, which can be harmful to your health.”

Exercise regularly

Exercising indoors can boost your immunity and keep you fit during the monsoon.

Dr Ramesh Babu, a nutritionist and dietitian, said, “Activities like jumping rope, squats, and planks are excellent for staying fit during the monsoon. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, enhances mood and strengthens your immune system.”

Hand hygiene is crucial

Washing or sanitising your hands frequently is essential to prevent the spread of infections.

Dr Ainavolu emphasised, “Good hand hygiene can prevent the spread of many infections. Make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the restroom.”

Enter an air-conditioned room only when dry

Entering a cold room with wet clothes can cause cold and other respiratory issues.

Dr Anjali advised, “Dry yourself thoroughly before entering air-conditioned spaces. Sudden exposure to cold air when wet can lower your body temperature and weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.”

Say no to wet shoes

It is also important to dry your shoes thoroughly to prevent pathogen growth.

Dr Anjali suggested, “Have a dry pair of shoes or use special rubber shoes during the monsoon. Wet shoes can harbour bacteria and fungi, which can lead to foot infections.”

Care for your nails

Keeping your nails clean can prevent bacterial infections.

Dr Anjali recommended: “Clip and clean your nails regularly. Bacteria and dirt can accumulate under your nails, so maintaining nail hygiene is crucial during the monsoon.”

Protect yourself against allergens

Wear a mask if you are prone to allergies during the monsoon. Dr Ainavolu advised, “Keep prescribed anti-allergy medicines with you. An increase in moisture can cause trigger mould and dust mites to proliferate, which can lead to allergies. Wearing a mask can help reduce exposure to these allergens.”

Keep a safe distance from sick people

Avoid close contact with people showing symptoms of flu or cold to prevent respiratory infections. Dr Ainavolu said, “Maintain distance to prevent respiratory infections. If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, try to keep at least a few feet away to avoid inhaling infectious droplets.”

By following these simple health tips, you can enjoy the monsoon season while protecting yourself from potential health risks.

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