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The monsoon should not have been around at this time of the year. But it is. Not only is North India experiencing an extended monsoon this year, it is also reeling under attack from various viruses and diseases. Delhi, especially, has been affected by health problems. Continuing rain, standing water and ongoing construction work (for cCommonwealth Games) has led to a steep rise in the number of people falling prey to sickness.

The most prominent illnesses in this season are Swine Flu, Dengue and Conjunctivitis. Though the government is trying hard to control the disease with fogging and other measures, it makes sense for everyone to take care of their own health. So it is important to be well informed about the symptoms and treatment options of these diseases. Memsaab brings you a list of symptoms that you can check against to get a preliminary idea of what’s troubling your good health.

Swine Flu symptoms

The general symptoms of Swine Flu infection are:
High fever, Cough, Sore throat, Runny Nose, Chills, Diarrhoea and weakness
. The patient feels extremely exhausted and tired when infected with swine flu. An extreme case of the infection might also include respiratory failure and pneumonia.

Dengue

Dangue spreads through mosquito bites. Theincubation period, after being bit by a mosquito carrying the disease, ranges from three to 15 (usually five to eight) days before the signs and symptoms of dengue appear. The fever starts with chills, headache, painful and swollen eyes, and lower backache. Pain in joints and legs also occurs during the first hours of illness. The temperature rises quickly as high as 104 F (40 C), with relative low heart rate and low blood pressure . The eyes become reddened. A flushing or pale pink rash comes over the face and then disappears. The glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and groin are often swollen.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is fairly common in the monsoon season and is hard to avoid as it is communicable and the eyes are not sterile. Conjunctivitis symptoms include Swollen and painful eyes, redness of the eyes, yellow or green discharge from the eyes which collects overnight and forms a crust over the eyes, itching in eyes, sneezing, runny nose and swollen glands.

It is important to take extreme cre of your and your family’s health during the monsoon season. Take extra care to make sure that water does not collect anywhere inside or outside your house. Do not allow mosquitos to breed in your area. Take special care of hygiene and eat only home cooked food. If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t waste any time in seeing your doctor.


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Lavanya Mehra

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