It's like falling into the fire after getting roasted in the frying pan! Well, almost. Just when you thought that the Sun is done with beating down on you this summer, here's a word of caution: the dark clouds of monsoon too can spell trouble for you if you don't follow the basic rules of hygiene. Because, for all the relief rains come with, the accompanying humidity threatens to spoil the party for you: It enables germs to survive much longer than usual, and travel farther.
So, here's how to make the most of this merry rainy season: We tell you how to fortify yourself against common infections that peak during the rains.
Respiratory tract infections
Respiratory tract infections like common cold are a common phenomenon during the monsoons. Symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat and cough. And in more severe cases, it leads to watery eyes, sneezing and congestion. Experts say that the symptoms of a common cold make it seem more harmful than it actually is. Drinking lots of water, fresh fruit juices, clear broth or warm lemon water are all good choices. They help replace the fluids lost during mucus production or fever. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, since both cause dehydration. Get some rest. Soothe your throat.A saltwater gargle — 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Skin infections like ringworms, a contagious fungal infection of the skin, are a common occurrence during the monsoons. According to says Dr Dutta, ringworms appear as a circular or ring-shaped rash.You can get a ringworm from an infected person or pet, or touching objects or clothes. Excessive sweating, caused by the humidity, increases the chances of picking up ringworm and monsoons increase the risk of getting infected by ringworm adds Dr Dutta. "Keep your skin cool and dry and washing your hands regularly is very important. Don’t share or borrow your personal items such as brushes, towels, razors and clothing with others. Some desi home remedies for ringworm are multani mitti or fuller's earth paste. Besan or gram flour and dahi paste with a pinch of haldi," Dr Dutta suggests.