Here are a few summer diseases you need to be careful of

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Here are a few summer diseases you need to be careful of  04th June 2022


With the summer months approaching, it's time to restock on our summer essentials, from sunscreens and deodorants to the quintessential cotton clothing. But having said that, it is imperative to remember that summer months also come with a plethora of diseases ranging anywhere from jaundice to heatstroke.

Due to increasing global warming, the temperature is constantly rising as high as fifty degrees Celsius. Summers can be extreme in certain parts of India, especially in the months of May and June.

In this article, we will take note of a few summer diseases that you need to be careful of and how to protect yourself from them.

1. Heatstroke:

Heatstroke has become common for people to feel extremely nauseous and experience severe headaches, cramps, and weakness. These are all symptoms indicative of heatstroke. Although these symptoms are often neglected and mistaken as lethargy, heatstroke can lead to coma and other severe health ailments.
Treating heatstroke focuses on cooling down the body by reducing the overall body temperature to keep it normal at all times. Maintaining the body temperature to ideal levels ensures a lesser risk of organ damage. Taking a cold bath will significantly help you in reducing your body temperature.

2. Jaundice:

Jaundice is another common summer disease that spreads through contaminated food and water consumption. The most common symptoms of jaundice are yellowing of the skin and the eyeball, loss of appetite, and dark-coloured urine.
If you notice the symptoms mentioned above, it is best to consult a doctor to get it checked immediately. Timely treatment is crucial to ensure optimal liver functioning and avoid any complications.

3. Food poisoning:

Food poisoning is an awful result of consuming contaminated, stale or toxic food and impure water. The symptoms include nausea, fever, cramps, weakness, and diarrhoea.
Mild cases of food poisoning can last up to three days and generally heal by themselves. However, to ensure faster recovery and regain strength, it is essential to stay hydrated. Drinking water and other liquids such as fresh fruit juices and tender coconut water help flush out the toxins in the body.

4. Sunburns:

The harsh sun is not healthy for humans. During the hot summer days, exposure to the sun for more extended periods can lead to redness in the skin, itchiness, or flaky skin. This can worsen, causing blisters and peeling off of the skin.
The best way to avoid sunburns is by using sunscreens and cotton clothing overalls. Sunscreen with SPF above 30 acts as a barrier between your skin and the UV rays in the atmosphere, whereas cotton clothes overalls are an excellent way to prevent sunlight from directly hitting the surface of your skin.

5. Chickenpox:

Red and small rashes all over the body and high temperature are symptoms of chickenpox. These red rashes are filled with fluids that eventually burst and spread throughout the body's surface. People with weak immune systems are susceptible to chickenpox. Chickenpox is highly contagious, and it spreads through droplets present in the environment of an infected person.
Chickenpox can last for up to 14 days, after which the symptoms die down slowly. Since the body tends to become extremely weak, it is advised to take ample amounts of rest to ensure a faster recovery.

These are a few common summer diseases that can take a toll on your happiness during vacation time. The summer is a favourite hosting ground amongst bacteria and viruses, being the most favourable weather condition for them to grow and spread. Proper hygiene and constant hydration are the simplest ways to keep these diseases at bay and spend your summertime peacefully enjoying with your loved ones.

If you feel dizzy or nauseous constantly, it is best to get yourself examined by a doctor who will be able to provide you with medicines or other remedies to combat the diseases. Do not forget to renew your health insurance to ensure that the tests and medicines do not burn a hole in your pocket and you are safeguarded against financial burdens.

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