The rains are here again. Though the rainy season may have its charms: the cool weather, the reason to wear jackets and the magnified pleasure of a cup of hot coffee or a bowl of hot soup, it also has its own troubles. Primarily in form of infectious bacteria and viruses that become active due to the sudden fluctuations in temperature brought about by repeated spells of rain. Therefore you must protect yourself from getting sick.
Once rain starts to pour, your initial reaction is to run to a shaded area and wait until the shower subsides. You may be safe from getting totally drenched but the risk of getting sick is still high. If your immune system is low, you may instantly catch a cold after being exposed to the cool breeze that often accompanies rain showers. You should apply certain countermeasures to keep yourself healthy during the rainy season. Here are some preventive measures that can help:
1. Prepare Your Rain Gear – The most effective way not to get sick during the rainy season is to wear rain gear. The primary components of rain gear are the umbrella, rain coat or hooded jacket, and waterproof shoes. If you have a complete set of rain-repulsing items, your chances of getting sick totally decreases. They’re a bit tedious to bring so you can just leave them in your school or office locker, when it is not raining.
2. Load Up on Vitamin C – Vitamin C can reduce the severity of the cold symptoms, making them tolerable. With a healthy supply of vitamin C in your body, your antibodies will repulse the cold virus faster. Some doctors even say that the vitamin stands as a form of cold prevention. Always remember to take your vitamins.
3. Take a Shower when You Get Soaked by Rain – Taking a shower right after getting drenched by rain actually makes sense. Diseases develop when your body experiences a drastic change in temperature. Taking a shower stabilizes the cold temperature brought by rain drops then enforces a gradual shift back to your normal temperature once you dry yourself.
4. Avoid Smoking – Smoking brings temporary relief during cool rainy days since each puff brings a small amount of heat to the body. Unfortunately, cigarette smoke weakens a person’s respiratory system, which is the usual problem area when you’re soaked in rain water. You should stop or at least minimize smoking during rainy days so you can withstand drizzles better.
5. Sweat Out the Symptoms – Before a flu develops, you will feel your body weaken and your mind clouded. You can stop those symptoms from developing into a full-fledged fever by sweating. Of course, the best from of sweating is through exercise. You can jog around the area of your home when you start to feel cold and do some indoor exercises. By doing so, not only will you sweat out the symptoms, but you will also be healthier in the process.
6.Hot Soup – Consuming a bowl of hot soup is healthy, especially during the monsoon months. Its temperature will give your body some warmth, that will help you withstand rain and the cold monsoon breeze longer. For people soaked in rain water, soup provides instant relief since its warm base clears up phlegm in the nasal cavities and general throat area. It also cleanses your body as it carries away bacteria and waste products to the body’s excretory system.
7. Wash Your Hands – The best way to contract the common cold is by having dirty hands. You can come into contact with them just by crossing the road or holding on to an infected railing or bench. We use our hands in almost every activity so the cold virus can easily enter our bodies at any time. You probably know how the common cold symptoms can escalate during the rainy season. To keep yourself safe, clean your hands regularly with soap and clean water, and always bring a hand sanitizer.
8. Drink Clean Water – Drinking water is an indirect form of prevention and sometimes treatment to all sorts of illnesses. Water hydrates the body, helping it deal with cold and flu viruses. Water also cleanses the body as it washes away germs and bacteria through your excretory systems. The “eight glasses a day” rule isn’t really necessary. You should just drink to your heart’s content daily.
Water-borne diseases are very common during the rainy season. Be cautious of contaminated water sources that could bring water borne diseases such as amoebiasis and cholera. If you’re unsure of the water supply, boil it or buy purified drinking water to be safe.
9. Limit Your Alcohol – Maintained hydration is an effective way of preventing and dealing with the harsh biological effects of rain. Sometimes drinking water or eating soup is not enough. You should limit your alcohol intake since it is known to dehydrate your body and weaken your immune system. Limiting yourself from drinking will not automatically free you from colds and flu but it will certainly improve your rate of recovery.
10. Don’t Touch Your Face – Aside from getting drenched, a common way to transmit the cold virus is by touching your face or putting your hands close to your face. The usual entry points of the virus is through your facial organs. The rainy season is the breeding ground of cold and flu viruses. Resist the urge to scratch your eye or wipe your sweaty forehead. Bring a clean napkin or handkerchief instead.
11. Eat Vegetables – Vegetables that contain phytochemicals work better than vitamin C. They are more efficient in pacifying the symptoms of colds and flu. Eating a good dose of vegetables also lessens your recovery time from those illnesses. Vegetables are also rich in vitamin A, that makes your eyes healthier. What more can you ask for from these nutritious plants?
12. Throw Up – If you feel heavy after getting drenched by rain, you can force yourself to puke. The act of puking forces phlegm and germs to exit from your body. You will suddenly feel better and lighter right after.
13. Keep Your Environment Clean
Clogged gutters and dirty puddles are a common sight during rainy season. Unfortunately, they are sources of water-borne diseases like diarrhea, influenza, cholera and fungal skin infections. Covering up is the best way to protect yourself from these diseases and still maintain your active life. Aside from a jacket, invest in a good pair of rain boots. Slippers leave your feet at the mercy of contaminated elements. Rain boots can be found in a range of styles and designs to suit anyone. They can be taken indoors and stored in lockers or in a bag underneath your office desk. Rubber ones are light enough to carry in a backpack.
14. Stay away from dirty water
The rainy season is when you should stay away from them. Food cooked and sold in the open air are likely to come in contact with airborne and waterborne diseases and bacteria. It’s better to eat fresh, home-cooked meals.
15. Keep mosquitoes out
The mosquito population grows during this season because stagnant water becomes more common.
To keep mosquitoes out of your life, do some housecleaning. Look through flower pots, ditches, nooks and crannies that may be holding stagnant water. Clean them out and cover them until the end of the season. You can also apply mosquito repellent over your body, especially when you go outdoors.
16. Drink herbal tea – One should drink herbal tea that has anti-bacterial properties. This may help to improve your immunity and help you develop strong immunity against germs and bacteria.
17. Stay active indoors
This season might impede your exercise routine. You may be tempted to curl up under the covers, but it is always advisable to stay active. Staying active will also help normalize the circulation in your body.
Getting sick during the rainy season is a frequent occurrence. You must always stay protected.
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