This is the sick leave season

  • Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 18:58 IST
It may provide a respite from the heat but the monsoon also brings with it infections and diseases (SHUTTERSTOCK)

The monsoon brings down temperatures and replenishes the water systems. But it also brings to life bacteria, fungi and viruses, making us victims of infections via mosquitoes, contaminated water and air.

As a result, this is the season of stomach infections, cold, cough and upper respiratory infections, aside from malaria, dengue and skin infections.

Here’s how to skip the monsoon sickness syndrome.

Avoid sour food items like pickles, chutneys and sour drinks, as these predispose the throat and tonsils to infections.

Avoid refrigerated water and icy cold drinks.

Do not eat processed cheese and fried foods as they clog the digestive channels and block the upper respiratory tract.

Consume warm drinks such as tea with ginger and tulsi, and warm soups with pepper, garlic and ginger or galangal.

Massage the skin with olive oil mixed with a few drops of neem oil. Neem oil is an excellent tool against skin infections.

Pickles, chutneys and sour drinks need to be avoided in the rainy season (Shutterstock)

Change into dry clothes immediately if you get wet.

Consume vegetables like karela, neem and methi leaves.

Take a herb called guduchi, which not only improves immunity, but also brings down fever.

Drinking a decoction of dhania and tulsi leaves, boiled in water, is a good remedy for upper respiratory infections.

Crush and juice up to four papaya leaves, and drink two teaspoons of this juice thrice a day with water to improve immunity, heal fever and infections.

Add honey to a tulsi and black pepper decoction, drink if you have fever, cough and cold.

Eat fruits rich in vitamin C such as papaya, amla, and citrus fruits.

If you have a fever, sponge yourself with tepid water, and take steam with peppermint oil.

To avoid mosquito bites, use an anti-mosquito cream.

From HT Brunch, August 21

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