Most people enjoy the rains, but if you are living in the South of India, or in Mumbai, monsoons can tend to become a pain in the neck. The traffic gets choked, there is mud and garbage everywhere, and the mosquitoes make life a living hell. No wonder so many people fall sick at this time of the year. From common cold, fever and diarrhoea to malaria and dengue, monsoons bring many diseases and sickness with them. But you can certainly do many things to prevent these diseases from entering your household. How?
Tips To Prevent Monsoon Sickness
– Avoid eating street food during these months. Gastric ailments are most common at this time of the year because bacteria thrive very well in the humid climate. So you should avoid any food item that may not be prepared or handled hygenically. If you feel like having chat or vada pav or even a samosa, try making them at home.
– Maintain proper hygiene in your household. Everyone should wash their hands before and after every meal. Maintain cleanliness in your house and use more of phenyl or anti-bacterial floor washes during these months.
– Shut all the windows when you turn on the lights in the evening, so that mosquitoes do not enter your house. ALternatively, use a net mesh on the windows to keep the mosquitoes out of your house. Use insect repellants once every week to rid your house of the mosquitoes. Wear long sleeved shirts and full pants to avoid mosquito bites when you go out.
– But very fresh produce and buy in small quantities because you don’t want to consume too ripe fruit or vegetables in these months. Avoid green leafy vegetables. Wash all the fruit and vegetables properly before consumption.
– Increase your intake of food products that contain Vitamin C as it helps in fighting disease and boosts immunity. So go for lots of lemons, citrus fruit and green chillies.