With monsoon settling in, there has been an upsurge in the number of viral and bacterial infections gradually. Due to the sudden change in the temperature, viral infections get highly contagious and more and more people get infected. According to Dr Ravi Shekhar Jha, Director Pulmonology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad – some of the commonly observed symptoms are high degree fever, throat pain, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body ache, respiratory allergies and headache. Other common symptoms can include acute ear infections, pneumonia, gastroenteritis etc.
Owing to the monsoon, people tend to catch various respiratory allergies due the presence of moisture in the atmosphere and this leads to fluctuation of other vitals in patients already suffering with comorbidities. Hence, every year the number of patients reporting health complications like fluctuating blood pressure, irregular pulse rate, breathing issues are high during the months of changing weather. Therefore, it is important that patients who have a compromised immunity or are suffering with long Covid-19 should be extra cautious with regard to their lifestyle patterns and respiratory health. Noted below are a few precautions that can be helpful in avoiding unwanted seasonal illnesses:
Precautions to keep seasonal illness at bay
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick or show symptoms of flu
● Wear a mask and cover your mouth and nose while sneezing
● Insure complete vaccination for Covid-19
● Take vaccination for flu
● Keep a watch on your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
● Stay home when you are sick, as viral or bacterial infections are highly communicable
● Avoid touching your eyes and nose with unclean hands
● Take care of hand hygiene
● Consume a balanced diet and ensure adequate sleep
● On experiencing any related symptom, get yourself tested
● Don’t self-medicate, consult a doctor
● Practice good health habits: Focus on active lifestyle, keep a count on healthy calories
In spite of getting vaccinated for Covid-19, we should follow the similar set of precautions as followed in the pandemic to keep any unwanted illness at bay. Wearing a mask, maintaining respiratory hygiene, consuming a balanced diet, monitoring vitals and showcasing a Covid-19 appropriate behavior is important. Most importantly, consulting an expert and not self-medicating can reduce the risk of aggravating the illness. Hence, be aware towards your own health and reduce the risk of catching any unwanted illness.