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
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
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 infections.
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.