The Monsoon season brings a welcome respite from the scorching heat of summer. But while we welcome the first showers of rain with smiles and open arms, the monsoon is busy at work bringing several potential health problems your way. You and your loved ones need extra precautions to stay healthy in this season, but don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary. Take a look at the information we’ve put together for you; it explains how you can prevent infections and illness in this season.
What are the health and hygiene impacts of the Monsoon season?
In the happiness and excitement of the Monsoon season, we often tend to overlook the health implications of the change in climate and weather. The environment is now damp and humid, which creates perfect conditions for bacteria to breed. This is the start of illnesses due to the spread of disease causing germs.
Puddles of rainwater stagnate over time and attract mosquitoes, thus increasing the chances of such illnesses as malaria and dengue fever. Pooled stagnant water also gives rise to other pests and infections that spread waterborne diseases, food poisoning, flu, cough, colds and skin infections such as athlete’s foot.
How to prevent infection during Monsoon season
- If you or your children have been exposed to stagnant water, wash your and your children’s feet with antibacterial soap as soon as you get home. Several fungal infections in the feet and toenails arise out of bacteria in the water - thus, keeping your feet clean and dry when you get home can prevent this.
- Carry a jacket or umbrella and head into the shower the moment you return home from a spell of rain. Use Dettol Original Bar Soap in the bath and dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel, wiping diligently between your toes.
- Keeping your hands clean will eliminate most illnesses, so wash your hands with soap such as Dettol Original, or use a hand sanitiser if you don’t have access to soap and running water. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have washed your hands properly, because you can end up transferring germs to yourself.
- Children are more vulnerable to infection during this season, so teach them about hand hygiene and that they should wash their hands often when they are at school.
Keep your home clean and hygienic
- Your home could harbour many infectious germs during this season, owing to the damp conditions. Maintaining a clean and hygienic home by regularly disinfecting it can protect you and your family from infections.
- The food preparation areas and wet areas of the bathroom are particularly vulnerable to bacteria. For these areas, use a disinfectant cleaner.
- Make sure that the drainage system of your home is in proper working condition before the monsoon begins. Clogged drains are a bane – they release foul odours and attract pests, apart from increasing the chances of waterborne diseases. Properly working drains will carry rainwater outside the house instead of allowing it to pool inside.
Be extra cautious about food and drink
- It is important to drink plenty of water during the season, but drinking water should only be boiled or purified to prevent waterborne infections.
- Street food is always tempting, but it is a strict ‘No’ during this season. There is a rise in food poisoning cases during this season, owing to greater contamination of food by bacterial microbes. If you must eat out, do carry a bottle of Dettol Hand Santiser to clean your hands before and after you eat.
- Stay away from pre-cooked food or raw fruits and vegetables. Wash the raw fruit and vegetables in running water to eliminate bad bacteria.
- Good hand hygiene will keep you healthy during this season. Always wash your hands with Dettol Original before preparing food or eating.
We’re sure you love the cool showers of the Monsoon, but the season increases your susceptibility to infection and illness. A few simple precautions like the ones listed above can protect you and your loved ones in this season.