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- Feb 09 2017
Monsoon Illness in India
Exotic India has never ceased to be the flavor of every season for travelers from far and wide since time immemorial. India’s glorious history has been patched up with the coming of numerous travelers from across the globe even then when the modes of transport and communication were rare, feeble and mostly the ones which moved on its feet. At the moment too, there is no dearth of visitors to the exotic land of India. India now is a congregation of pompous modern metropolitan as well as low key medieval towns, hamlets and villages. What hasn’t undergone much change is that a vast portion of it still remains as tropical as it was thousands of years ago, most parts of it being drenched by the generous rains brought in by the South-West monsoon winds throughout the months of June, July, August and September, fundamentally recognized as the monsoon season.
Even though some describe the monsoon season as the worst time to be in or to be living in India, there are some who are of the opinion that there is no India like the Monsoon India. For some it is the monsoon season which brings out the actual flavor of the Indian sub-continent. Despite the exotic beauty and the originality that is so apparent across the nation, for some, monsoon India may as well prove to be a time of real peril: for a certain few it might turn out to be a time to sitting on the fence between life and death. India is a nation that is still fighting to bring up its health standards upto a certain respectable spot-height and the monsoons typically pose the ultimate challenge as most of the usual health hazards become more perceptible during this hot and wet season. Upon its own timeline India has come up way ahead in its modes, methods and principles of healthcare, by global standards though there still is way too much to look forward to. There are certain “water borne diseases” that pose an annual threat to all the people living in this great wide nation: for a once in a while visitor the very same may turn out to be a nightmare. The five most common illnesses to watch out for in India during the monsoon months are:
- Dengue Fever
- Viral Fever
- Heat Related Illnesses
- Allergies and Hay Fever
Dengue Fever is a viral infection that’s carried by mosquitoes and causes fever, body aches, joint pain, and rash. It’s spread by the tiger mosquito, which has black and yellow stripes and typically bites in the early morning or mostly at dawn. These mosquitoes are also known to spread the Chikungunya fever virus. Dengue is most common in India during the few months after the monsoon, but also occurs during the monsoon season.
Malaria is another mosquito transmitted disease that’s common during and after the monsoons when mosquitoes have had a chance to breed in stagnant water scattered across the countryside as well as the big cities and smaller towns. Malaria symptoms include rapid rise and fall in body temperature and tremendous sweating.
Viral fever is quite common in India during the rainy months. It is particularly characterized by fatigue, chills, body aches, and fever. The illness is usually transmitted through the air by droplets from infected people. It lasts from three to seven days, with the fever at its most severe in the first three days. Some of these viral fever symptoms at times may give way to respiratory problems and may as well develop into serious cases of pneumonia.
Heat Related Illnesses
Dehydration and heat exhaustion are big issues during the summer monsoons in India particularly for children. Major symptoms of heat related sicknesses may include absence of urination, lethargy, fatigue, and headaches and skin rashes which in most cases is caused by excessive perspiration.
Allergies and Hay Fever
Many trees start pollinating during the September in India, triggering seasonal allergies among the local population and more so amongst visiting tourists and travelers. The most common symptoms of Hay fever include inflammation in the lining of the nose and eyes as well as allergic bronchitis, which affects the lung area at times inducing breathing problems.
To be frank there is no country in this world without one or the other sickness. While in India though it pays if one is careful enough to see what he or she eating and drinking. During the hot tropical months it goes without saying that drinking of enough fluids is extremely essential for one and for all. It is also quintessential to look around one’s whereabouts and ensure that there is no any space for the carriers of diseases to lurk around and breed. Rest assured if one can keep one’s conscience open then Monsoon India is indeed the place to be when it rains the hardest.
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