Grandpa, It’s Monsoon Time!

Monsoon Disease for seniors

“How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat …”

- Henry Longfellow

After the tedious months of extreme heat, the monsoons set in as a blessing, enriching nature and its inhabitants. However, when the same day of the rejuvenating monsoon becomes a daily affair, it is sultry, annoying and often distressful.

When those tiny drops of water accumulate in pots, open cans and containers, shabby roadsides, they become the breeding ground for diseases. Senior citizens, if infected with such diseases, suffer greatly and in worst cases, succumb to them. The failing immunity system and the fading ability of the body to recover from weakness contribute to these problems. So this monsoon season, let’s discuss common monsoon diseases that may occur during this period and its preventive measures so that we are all ready to tackle them.

When those tiny drops of water accumulate in pots, open cans and containers, shabby roadsides, they become the breeding ground for diseases. Senior citizens, if infected with such diseases, suffer greatly and in worst cases, succumb to them. The failing immunity system and the fading ability of the body to recover from weakness contribute to these problems. So this monsoon season, let’s discuss common monsoon diseases that may occur during this period and its preventive measures so that we are all ready to tackle them.

COMMON MONSOON DISEASES :

Viral infections and various bacterial infections ( like Cholera ) may be caused due to exposure to contaminated water tops the monsoon disease list. The sseniors could fall prey to common cold or influenza, or have stomach infections. One of the ways to prevent viral infections is improved sanitation and reduced sharing of common articles with the patient. It should also be ensured that they do not catch cold when the temperature drops considerably after a heavy shower. Getting wet in the rain should also be avoided.

The female anopheles mosquito, that is known to cause malaria breeds in places that have been waterlogged, make malaria a common disease in the monsoon months. The symptoms include fever, shivers , body pain and fatigue. Use of mosquito repellants is highly suggested. Treatment becomes more planned and smooth when diagnosed early. So watch out for the symptoms and act accordingly!

Typhoid, which is essentially a water borne disease is also widespread during this time of the year. Salmonella typhi, the causative agent of Typhoid is spread when intake of contaminated water and food occurs. Cholera and jaundice are also on the rise during this time of the year.

A large number of Dengue cases, are reported every year, reiterating the risk posed by mosquito bites and poor sanitation. A lot of aged people, when suffering from Dengue have serious recovery issues due to poor immunity. So, in such cases, proper oral hydration and nutritional supplements must be prescribed immediately.

Leptospirosis, caused due to exposure to dirty water is very frequent during these times. This disease is frequent among the working class as they are constantly exposed to contaminated water. Effective rat control procedure should be implemented because Rodents are the primary carriers of Leptospira sp (the causative agent of this disease). It is advisable that if anyone is suffering from fever or showing symptoms of such diseases, he or she should rush for detailed medical check ups and undergo treatment and medications. Doctor home visit(s) should be arranged if the condition is terribly complicated.

In countries where diseases like malaria are rampant, the government has introduced measures to help and create awareness about such diseases. They methods of prevention and also organized health check up campaigns to provide medical care to the poor section of the society. Such initiatives help us identify medical care needs and help us work efficiently.

It is our civic responsibility to keep our surroundings clean and during monsoon, we should take special care that we do not let water accumulate in broken containers and cans.

Human life is precious. We as global citizens should realize the value and importance of safeguarding our elders from the grasp of such diseases and keep working out ways to prevent them.

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