Speaking Ill: Seasonal Ailments and What to Watch Out For - The New Indian Express

Speaking Ill: Seasonal Ailments and What to Watch Out For

Published: 01st June 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 01st June 2014 08:54 AM

A certain listlessness sets in, as the blades of the fan slap the hot air futilely. The air-conditioner trips like a mechanical beast, grunting in the heat. The summer rains are due, and the heat is going to get worse—muggy and full of lassitude. While the north is reeling under a heat wave, the monsoon hovers over the south. But the latter bears invisible hosts as well; bacteria and viruses that will wreak havoc on eyes, lungs, skin, intestines and other parts of the human body. Rainwater stagnates, causing mosquitoes to breed and spread deadly diseases. Germs have developed resistance to many antibiotics, making the work of doctors difficult. Government hospitals are understaffed and underequipped. A WHO report predicted an increase in malaria cases by over 50 per cent and a previous international media expose showed that many drugs supplied by India and China are spurious. Typhoid, cholera, malaria are some of the serious diseases that show a spurt as the season changes, as well as more manageable illnesses such as conjunctivitis and influenza. With over 200 viruses that could cause the common cold, things are getting warm this season. Vector-borne diseases are on the rise, and students are getting throat and bronchial infections. Doctors dissuade diabetics and those with long-time disorders from venturing out early in the morning. “Let the season settle down,” says Dr B B Gupta, who practices from a clinic opposite the lush Deer Park in Delhi. “People, especially patients with prolonged bronchial problems should postpone their morning walks.”

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