It’s the end of the year again and the monsoon season has hit us once again. In this hot and humid country, we all love a little bit of rain to cool the environment down. The rain may bring down the temperature by a bit, relieving us of the scorching heat BUT it creates more threats to waterborne and airborne illnesses.

Ever wondered why we start falling ill during the rainy season? As the temperature rises from hot to cold in Singapore, the human body temperature starts to fluctuate. This makes our immune system weaker when fighting against virus attacks.

Here are 4 common diseases according to Rappler during the rainy season

  1. Influenza (aka the common flu
  2. Leptospirosis (aka the common cold)
  3. Waterborne infections (causes symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, muscle aches, nausea, fever, fatigue etc.)
  4. Dengue (mosquito borne disease that we Singaporeans are very familiar with, especially with the pandemic outbreak in year 2005)

Try to prevent these illnesses instead of fighting them. This includes keeping up with your fitness, staying active, eating nutritional meals, drinking lots of water and maintaining personal hygiene. These little daily lifestyle habits can help in the long run and lowers your risk of falling sick.

In Singapore, the weather catches us by surprise anytime. It may be scorching hot in the day, but pouring rain through the night. So take precautions and protect yourself! How? Continue reading on:

  • Be prepared for the rain

Carry along your brolly or your raincoat just in case! Throw on your never-worn sweaters and denim jackets to keep yourself dry. Take a warm shower if you get drenched in the rain, as the rain can plummet your body temperature and you could catch a cold.

  • Eat healthy and stay fit

Incorporate more vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system, protecting you from the common cold or flu. Click here to check out which foods can provide you with Vitamin C: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20745689,00.html#kale-4

Remember to also stay active and go for morning walks, practice some yoga, and move around. Try not to stay in bed as it makes you more susceptible towards illnesses.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids, water would be the best choice as it decrease the rate of infection. Otherwise, you could opt for fruit juices as well!

  • Maintaining personal hygiene

Besides external factors, we must all maintain personal hygiene by washing hands, disinfecting after touching a common surface area. When not at home, use a convenient non-alcohol disinfectant spray to keep you protected from germs and viruses. Try not to touch your face at all times, especially if you are sick as you may transfer the virus to someone else.

  • FIGHT DENGUE

 

 Image adapted from https://www.guardian.com.sg/dengue-prevention

 

 

Information extracted from articles:

http://www.livewell.com.sg/article/say-goodbye-cold-and-flu-rainy-season

https://www.rappler.com/nation/61683-doh-common-diseases-rainy-season