All About Infectious Disease During Monsoons

Posted On Sep 13, 2022

Dr. Ravikant Porwal

Consultant - Infectious Diseases

Manipal Hospitals-Jaipur

Infectious Disease Treatment in Jaipur

Monsoon is the best season to beat the heat. It brings respite from the scorching summer months and helps us relax. However, we must take extra precautions against diseases during the rainy season.

Monsoon is a time when diseases spread faster. The humid weather makes it ideal for germs to grow and spread. Stagnant water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos that can spread diseases like Malaria and Dengue fever. Both these diseases are widespread during the rainy season. Chikungunya and Typhoid are also common during this time of year. These viral infections cause fever, weakness, body aches and other symptoms. Continue reading to find out how infections spread faster during monsoons, what precautions you must take and what treatment options you may opt for to recover from these infectious diseases.  

Why do Infectious Diseases spread during monsoons?

Monsoon season brings in a lot of water and mud, which makes it easier for infectious diseases to spread. The infections can spread through food and water, mosquitoes and flies, dirt and dust.

Monsoons are the perfect environment for infectious diseases to spread. Heavy rains create stagnant pools of water that can harbour germs, a perfect opportunity for mosquitoes, known carriers of many illnesses, to breed. Additionally, when it's raining heavily, people are less likely to wash their hands after touching a contaminated object with germs, like public transportation or a door handle in an office building.

During monsoons, there are chances of getting cold, cough and viral infections such as influenza and chicken pox, as well as bacterial diseases like typhoid fever or malaria with greater frequency than usual due to increased moisture in the air. Visit our Infectious Disease Treatment Hospital in Jaipur if you are having symptoms of infectious diseases.

Common Diseases during Monsoons

  • Bacterial

  • Viral

  • Fungal

You can get bacterial, viral and fungal infections during the monsoon season. 

The most common infectious diseases during monsoons include:

  • Diarrhoea

It is a common symptom of many gastrointestinal disorders, including foodborne illness, viral gastroenteritis, and bacterial infections.

  • Dysentery

It's usually spread through contaminated food and water but can also be transmitted sexually or through blood contact. 

  • Respiratory tract infections

Respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia are common during this time of year. 

  • Skin infections

Skin infections like ringworm are also prevalent during this time due to excessive sweating or contact with dirty surfaces. 

  • Dengue

Dengue fever is one of the important infectious diseases that rears its ugly head during monsoons in India. 

  • Malaria

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease common during this period in India because mosquitoes breed more rapidly under wet conditions than under dry conditions. Do not wait, just visit Manipal Hospitals to get a consultation from our Infectious Disease Treatment Specialist in Jaipur to prevent yourself from dengue.

  • Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu is a type of respiratory illness that affects your nose, throat, and airways. It can cause mild to severe disease, with symptoms including a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, and possibly loss of appetite. Cold and Flu viruses spread through droplets of moisture that are released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can also catch colds from touching contaminated objects, such as handrails on public transportation.

 How to Prevent Infectious Diseases during monsoons?

These precautions help to stay away from infectious diseases during Monsoons. 

  • Wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.

  • Keep your home clean and dry.

  • Follow strict personal hygiene: Don't touch public surfaces (such as door handles) without washing your hands first. 

  • Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing.

  • Clean up after you cough or sneeze.

  • Wash hands with soap for at least 14 seconds. 

  • Avoid sharing cutlery, glasses and toothbrushes. 

  • Eat hot cooked food rather than raw foods like salads as these items may contain bacteria that can cause diarrhoea if eaten uncooked and food poisoning if consumed undercooked! These bacteria require temperatures of 70C for at least 10 minutes to kill them off entirely.

Manipal Hospitals is a leading hospital in India that offers the best medical treatment for various infectious diseases. We have a team of infectious disease doctors and nurses to provide you with the best possible care.

The hospital also has access to high-quality diagnostic services, including: 

  • Blood tests

  • Imaging- X-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan 

  • Microbiology tests

  • Urine tests

  • Culture tests

  • Antibody and antigen tests

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU)

  • Critical Care Unit (CCU) 

Our 24/7 helpline will ensure that you always get answers when you need them most!

The monsoon season is when you need to take extra care of your health and well-being. Diseases like dengue and chikungunya spread faster during this period of heavy rain. However, with the proper knowledge about infectious diseases and preventive measures, you can stay healthy throughout the year. Book an appointment with our infectious diseases doctor in Jaipur immediately if you suspect any symptoms so that treatment can start at an early stage.

Dr. Ravikant Porwal

Consultant - Infectious Diseases

Manipal Hospitals, Jaipur

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