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10 Practical Rainy Season Tips To Keep You Safe and Healthy

My Doctor Finder
July 07, 2022

 

In a recent article published in Manila Bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public about the diseases common during the rainy season. Diseases like dengue, leptospirosis, and flu are some diseases to watch out for according to the DOH. 

Based on their data, dengue cases from January to May 2022 already reached 25,268. They tallied 631 leptospirosis cases during the same period. Health experts warned about continued caution, despite the decrease of cases of Covid-19, influenza, and other respiratory diseases.

With the rainy season, these numbers will go up because of how the rainy season affects our bodies.

 

How does the rainy season affect your body?

The rainy season may be relaxing, but it has negative effects on your body. 

Getting soaked in the rain rapidly changes the body’s temperature, leaving you more vulnerable to the common cold, fever, and flu. Also, the damp, cold weather may worsen muscle, joint, chest, and body aches. You are also more vulnerable to potentially fatal diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Leptospirosis, Cholera, etc.

 

To keep you and your loved ones safer, we listed 10 practical tips to help you protect your health during the rainy season.

 

1.       Always bring an umbrella or rain gear

 

Getting soaked in the rain can lead to cold, fever, or flu if you are not careful. To prevent these problems, always bring an umbrella or rain gear whenever going out. Using these things can help you stay dry and protect yourself from the said diseases.

If you really need to walk through flooded areas, wear rain boots. Wearing boots will protect you from viruses and bacteria like leptospirosis, which could become fatal without proper treatment.

 

2.       Take a warm shower after getting soaked

Take a warm shower right after getting soaked in the rain. Warm showers help to return the body temperature to normal and helping in eliminating the germs on your skin. On top of that, hot showers can also:

  • Provides relief from cold or respiratory symptoms by opening up airways, loosening up phlegm and clearing out nasal passages.
  • Helps with blemishes by opening up the pores of the skin that allows you to clean out trapped dirt and oil.
  • Helps in relaxing the muscles by relieving muscle tension and soothing muscle fatigue.

Warm foot baths also help if your feet got soaked in the rain or in flooded areas.

 

3.       Eat healthy food

Eating right makes your immune system stronger against the disease-causing bacteria that are more common during the rainy season. Start by adding these foods and beverages to your diet to boost your immune system:

-          Broccoli: This vegetable is one of the healthiest. Broccoli is loaded with vitamins A,C, and E and with fiber and antioxidants, strengthening your immune system.

-          Ginger: Fresh ginger helps in warding off disease-causing microbes, especially against E.coli, shigella, and RSV.

-          Green Tea: Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant that enhances the immune system.

-          Spinach: Spinach is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that increase the infection-fighting abilities of the body’s immune system.

-          Citrus Fruits: Oranges, lemons, dalandan, etc. are high in vitamin C and that can help in strengthening the immune system. With a strong immune system, you can fight off infections easier. 

 

4.       Take vitamins

Aside from healthy food, you can also take vitamin supplements regularly to strengthen your immune system. In particular, take Vitamin C supplements to protect yourself from preventable diseases like cold, fever, flu, and others. It can also speed up your body’s recovery in case you catch diseases.

 

5.       Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water can boost your immune system by stimulating your blood circulation. With just 8 glasses of water a day, your body can fight better against infections and diseases. Aside from that, getting enough hydration helps in regulating body temperature and can flush out bacteria in your bladder.

You can also add a slice or a pinch of lemon to add Vitamin C to your water.

 

6.       Drink only clean water

It’s not enough to drink plenty of water if you’re not drinking it clean. Harmful bacteria and viruses can thrive in stagnant or contaminated water during the rainy season. Ensure that you drink only clean water to prevent an infection.

If you want a surefire way to eliminate disease-causing microbes in your drinking water, boil it first before drinking.

 

7.       Get enough sleep

The cold weather is perfect for a good long sleep that will restore your energy and fortify your immune system. Not only will you be ready to face the next day with full vigor, but your body will also be more prepared to fight diseases.

So, this rainy season, get a full 8 hours of sleep and avoid binge-watching your favorite series until 2 am for a stronger immune system.

 

8.       Keep mosquitoes out

According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria kill about 725,000 people annually. These tiny menaces are at their most dangerous during the rainy season because they use the stagnant water resulting from the rain as their breeding grounds.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-borne diseases by doing:

-          Remove stagnant water around your home to deny mosquitos their breeding grounds

-          Spray insect repellents containing picaridin or DEET inside your homes from time to time

-          Maintain fly screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering

-          Apply mosquito repellent lotions on your skin when going outside

-          Change the water in vases, pet drinking bowls, etc. regularly

 

9.       Wash your hands regularly

The moist environment brought by the rainy season makes diseases more active which is why regular hand washing is important. Do this before every meal or before touching your face.

Also, always keep alcohol or sanitizer with you so you can still disinfect even when you can’t wash your hands.

 

10.   Exercise regularly

Don’t let the rainy season wash away your exercise routine. The heavy rains may hinder you from jogging, biking, or visiting the gym but you can still do the following exercises in the comfort of your home:

-          Calisthenics

-          HIIT

-          Aerobics

-          Zumba

-          Jumping rope

-          Pilates

Regular exercise will keep you in shape, improve your blood circulation, improve cardiovascular health, trigger serotonin production, and bolsters your immune system to avoid diseases.

 

The rainy season is wonderful, but you should always stay healthy to avoid catching diseases. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the rainy season without worrying too much. May we have a safe rainy season!

 

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