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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Rain welcome, but experts caution against getting sick

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 07, 2014
First Published: 08:24 IST(7/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:26 IST(7/7/2014)

Before the arrival of monsoons, local experts cautioned people to take preventive measures against vector-borne diseases.

According to experts, the onset of monsoons will bring with it lots of health problems such as increased incidence of skin infections, respiratory tract infections, allergies, common cold, flu, precipitation of acute asthmatic attacks and emergence of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Elaborating on precautions, experts said increased incidence of skin infections such as itching, rashes, eczema and other fungal infections were encountered in this season due to increased humidity. Keeping the skin clean was the best form of prevention. In this context taking a bath at least two times a day was beneficial.

Dr Vikas Bhutani, additional director, internal medicine, Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar, said: “Wearing wet socks or shoes for longer period is a sure invitation to fungal infections. Wear pure cotton clothes or linen in rainy season and avoid synthetic clothes. Also, be sure to wear loose clothes and avoid tight fitting ones. Use sunscreens while moving out in the sun as because of the clearer skies and less atmospheric pollution, the ultraviolet rays are more potent and damage the skin faster.”

Experts advised people to boost their immune system by having a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. They urged people to have dry fruits, roasted oats, cereals and boiled beans to boost their energy levels.

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