Rainy season brings with itself not just showers and cheers but also a slew of health problems. Dr Srirang Abkari, consultant, Internal Medicine at Aware Hospital explains about the precautions to be taken during rainy season in an interview.
What are the main health problems which arise in rainy season?
Mainly infection and respiratory related problems occur in rainy season. Water-borne and vector-borne diseases like Malaria, diarrhea, among others pose severe threat during the season. As health problems occurring during rainy season can cause severe harm to the health in long run, one should take proper care to avoid them.
What preventive care should be taken?
Health problems in rainy season are mainly due to unhygienic conditions. Overflowing drains, contamination of drinking water due to sewerage, mosquitoes, among others are the common conditions we witness every rainy season. Utmost care should be taken in case of water and food. Water should be boiled before drinking. Outside food should be avoided.
Normally diseases in rainy season are of contagious nature. Can individual care prevent them?
Health problems arising in rainy season pose threat to public health as a whole. But if enough care is taken by individuals at home, most of them can be avoided. For instance stomach related infections arise due to consumption of unhealthy food and water. Problems like malaria occur due to unhealthy surroundings. If the causative factors are eliminated at least in our surroundings, then the chances of contacting them decreases.
Are there any group of people who are specially prone to health problems in rainy season?
Mainly kids and people who spend more time outdoors are prone to health problems. Kids consume various food items out of home and fall prey to illnesses. While illnesses like cold, cough, fever are quite common during rainy season, due care should be taken by patients suffering from major illnesses as infections contracted during the season can worsen their health condition in the long run.