Filipinos have always had a love-hate relationship with the rainy season. While it’s a welcome respite from the heat that the dry season brought, the rains also bring about floods, landslides, and diseases.
Dealing with common illnesses during the rainy months need not be very difficult. We look into the four most common diseases that people, especially kids, might get when the rain comes and how to prevent them. Read on! (Read: 5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season)
Rainy season disease: Colds and Flu
The drastic fluctuation of temperature which happens during the rainy season makes the body susceptible to bacterial and viral attacks, resulting in colds and flu– or what Filipinos call “trangkaso.” Protect yourself by consuming nutritious food and taking Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system. Get plenty of rest and don’t let yourself get drenched by the rains.
Rainy season disease: Diarrhea
Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of loose or liquid bowel movements usually caused by a variety of bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms. It usually spreads through contaminated food and water. Because the rainy season brings all kinds of bacteria and the cool weather makes them stay a bit longer than necessary, make sure to clean all utensils, plates, cooking materials before and after meals. Also, disinfect kids’ toys and make sure they only drink clean water from clean glasses or containers. (Read: Diet Plans for Weight Loss? A Nutritionist-Dietician Gave Us Tips!)
Rainy season disease: Dengue
Dengue fever can be very painful and even life-threatening. It is caused by the dengue virus from the mosquito. The DOH said that dengue can be avoided by practicing the 4-S technique– search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak or if your area is a dengue hotspot. Make sure that kids are well-protected too with mosquito repellent lotions and patches. Keep your house clean and throw away dirty water in containers such as drums and pails so it will not be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (Read: World Tuberculosis Day: Here’s What You Need to Know)
Rainy season disease: Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection transmitted by many animals, such as rodents and other vermin. Waste products (such as urine and feces) of an infected animal, especially rats, contaminate the soil water, and vegetation, especially during floods. The DOH said to avoid swimming or wading in potentially contaminated flood and to maintain the cleanliness in the house to ensure that there are no rodents or rats.