Dr. Ravi Shekhar Jha Highlights the Importance of Precautions During the Monsoon Season
With the onset of monsoon, a surge in viral and bacterial infections has been observed. The sudden temperature change makes these infections highly contagious, leading to an increase in the number of people falling ill. According to Dr. Ravi Shekhar Jha, Director of Pulmonology at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, common symptoms include high fever, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body ache, respiratory allergies, and headaches. Additionally, acute ear infections, pneumonia, and gastroenteritis are also common during this time.
As the moisture in the atmosphere during the monsoon season contributes to respiratory allergies, individuals with compromised immunity or those already suffering from long Covid-19 should exercise extra caution regarding their lifestyle choices and respiratory health. Fluctuating blood pressure, irregular pulse rates, and breathing issues are frequently reported health complications during the months of changing weather. To avoid seasonal illnesses, Dr. Jha recommends the following precautions:
Precautions to Stay Healthy During the Monsoon Season
- Avoid close contact with sick individuals or those displaying flu-like symptoms.
- Wear a mask and cover your mouth and nose while sneezing.
- Ensure complete vaccination against Covid-19.
- Get vaccinated for the flu.
- Monitor blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
- Stay home when feeling unwell, as viral and bacterial infections are highly contagious.
- Refrain from touching your eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
- Maintain good hand hygiene.
- Consume a balanced diet and get adequate sleep.
- If experiencing any related symptoms, get tested for proper diagnosis.
- Avoid self-medication and consult a doctor.
- Practice healthy habits: Focus on an active lifestyle and keep track of healthy calorie intake.
Even after getting vaccinated for Covid-19, it is crucial to maintain the same precautions followed during the pandemic to prevent any unwanted illnesses. Wearing masks, practicing respiratory hygiene, following a balanced diet, monitoring vitals, and displaying Covid-19 appropriate behavior remain important. Seeking expert medical advice instead of self-medicating helps reduce the risk of worsening the illness. Therefore, staying aware of personal health and taking preventive measures is vital to minimize the risk of contracting any unwanted illnesses.