HEALTH HAZARDS DURING THE MONSOON SEASON
The monsoon has started and we welcome the change in temperature.
However what we don't know is that the rains not only bring on
the much needed water but also a whole host of health problems.
The number of flies and mosquitoes suddenly seem to increase all
around and in the house. In order to protect ourselves from these
health hazards we need to know what are the dangers and how they
can be prevented.
There are number of diseases which seem to surface during the monsoon
season. We constantly hear of the deadly diseases like Malaria,
Typhoid, Cholera, Leptospirosis etc…These diseases need
to be treated immediately with the appropriate treatment supported
by symptomatic homoeopathic remedies.
Protect yourself and your children from these diseases by taking
the correct precautions like making them wear long pants and long
sleeve T-shirts. Keep your society clean and make sure the gutters
are cleaned by the Municipality before the rains begin. Collection
of dirty water outside your house is very dangerous as it allows
the mosquitoes to breed.
But in this article we will deal with the common problems like monsoon
cold and cough and other water borne diseases.
During the Monsoon season you need to be extremely
careful about the water you drink because maximum illnesses are
caused by water. You must boil the water for atleast 20 minutes
and store it in a bottle or stainless steel jug. Also protect your
child by making him or her carry their own bottle from home and
avoid drinking the school water. Do not eat things made of water
outside like chutneys, pani-puri, juices and raw salads. There is
a definitely risk of getting Jaundice and other terrible gastro-intestinal
Keep your child warm and covered at all times.
Make them wear special monsoon shoes and raincoats in order to protect
them from getting wet. If at all they do get wet, dry the head immediately
preferably with a hair dryer and change all their clothes. This
way you will not only be preventing them from getting colds and
coughs but also other fungal infections. Avoid sending your child
swimming during this season.
In Homoeopathy there are a number of remedies
especially suited to problems during the monsoon season. Here are
a few drugs used commonly in our practice to combat monsoon colds
and coughs along with other problems.
Those hot, cloudy and suffocating days at the
onset of the monsoon give rise to attacks of cold. One shower brings
on an attack of sneezing. The nose feels completely "stuffed up".
You want to keep a hand or a handkerchief around the nose because
the cold air irritates the nasal passage. Nose gets blocked with
thick yellow mucus and profuse nasal discharge when the weather
becomes cold due to rains. When the attack is severe then even yellowish
catarrh comes out from the eyes. Feels feverish towards evening
with icy cold feet and hands.
Dulcamara is also very effective in relieving
joint pains, which appear during this weather. Here the patient
feels as if the limb is paralysed and cold. There is stiffness across
the neck and shoulders after getting wet.
Give Dulcamara 200C, 5 pills every few hours to
get rid of these problems.
RHUS TOX :
Here the cold sets in immediately on getting wet
or sitting on wet ground or getting the feet wet. The tip of the
nose gets red sore and ulcerated. Head feels very heavy, pain starts
from forehead and then settles in back of head. Eyes burn and become
red with profuse discharge. Mild fever is associated with chill,
body ache and restlessness. Body ache is worse on lying down, therefore
get up and start walking up and down.
Rhustox is also used commonly to treat joint and
bone pains, which arise during the monsoon season. The patient may
complain of sciatic pain, which seems to get worse in the damp weather.
There is lot of stiffness on waking in the morning or after sitting
for a long time. The patient feels better after walking or moving
Rhus Tox 200, should be given depending upon the
severity and symptoms of the case.
NATRUM SULPH -
Natrum sulph is one the most used biochemic remedies
especially during the monsoon season. Here the nose is full of thick
yellowish mucus. The patient will complaint of a heavy head and
feels as if the thick yellow mucus is dropping from posterior nares
to the mouth. Along with cold there is bad cough with rattling of
mucus in chest. Natrum sulph is also very handy in treating cases
of asthma during this weather.
Natrum Sulph 200, 5 pills four times a day will
This article has been written in order to make
people aware of the health hazards during the monsoon season. Always
remember to protect yourself and your children by taking the basic
precautions mentioned above. However do not self-medicate if unwell,
please visit your physician before taking any medication.