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What are the precautions to take during the monsoon? 17 September, 2011

Dr. Abhishek Bhargav DNB (MED), MNAMS, FRSH (UK)

Monsoon diseases are mostly waterborne; hence the first caution is WATER. Have boiled, bottled and purified water. Avoid juices, buttermilk, lemon juice, etc, from street vendors. This also includes golas, kulfis, etc.

Food poisoning from E- coli, salmonella or other contaminants hits the headlines from time to time. Eat only well-cooked and hot food.
Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if you have washed them in purified water and peeled them yourself.

Avoid salads outside as raw chopped ingredients spoil fast. Avoid raw seafood and shellfish; in fact avoid seafood this season.

Foods on the street should be strictly avoided. When eating out, choose restaurants that conform to basic standards of quality and hygiene, in order to avoid contracting serious infections such as viral fever, diarrhoea and other water borne diseases.

Fever is a serious health problem during the monsoon season and do not ignore it, if it lasts for more than two days.
Malaria, Dengue and jaundice are common due to stagnant water and contaminated food respectively. Use mosquito repellants, creams and nets if you live in mosquitoprone areas or places with stagnant water.

Wear protective footwear. Avoid puddles to protect yourself from Leptospirosis.

Follow these guidelines to remain safe and healthy during monsoons! Remember, prevention is better than cure.

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