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Season change means season of diseases

Friday - November 15, 2019 11:49 am , Category : HEALTH


WTN- This November is being touted as one of most extremities in many years. With late withdrawal of monsoons, much of October and November remained hot and humid with sudden bouts of rain and cloudy weather, leading to dip in temperatures, followed by sudden spikes. During this time of the year, the temperatures should be lower by at least two degrees, but the days are still mostly blistering, with temperature soaring above 31 degrees, while the nights are getting colder. This discrepancy is causing various infections and viral ailments, especially in children.

There are many reasons for that. Though we cannot do much about the inclement weather and can only wait for the favourable winters to set in by late November, there are some ways by which we can certainly lessen the chances of infection. One is the kind of ambient temperature we live in. AC is a dangerous addiction in this season. Due to the high humidity in the air coupled with the scorching sun, people commonly tend to find comfort under the AC. But this sudden change and fluctuation in the temperature that the body is subject to, causes difficulty in adjustment and exposes us to vulnerability.

The humidity must be borne and the traditional ceiling fan is still the best way to see off this season. Children should specially be kept away from AC and wide variations in outside and inside temperatures because children have lesser immunity and are thus more prone to viral afflictions. Even if the AC is used, the temperature should not be lowered below 25-26 degrees. Anything below 23 degrees is bound to affect health. Ideally 25-26 degree is the right temperature that too preferably for short durations.

Food is another aspect we should take care of. Spicy and junk food must be avoided and instead replaced by curd and fruits apart from leafy vegetables. Children insist on ice creams and pizzas and force their parents to go for them but it is better to shun them at this time. It is always better to have home cooked food. Water should also be taken tepid if possible because cold water can cause sore throat and escalate infections. Drinking chilled water is a strict no-no, especially for children. Another precautionary measure we can take is to ensure we have the right clothing when going out.

Despite high temperature in the day, the mornings and late evenings are becoming nippy and scanty clothing to suit the day may not be equally suitable for the night. In the night or early morning hours, light woolens can be worn. There are also homemade remedies and traditional medicines which are often used in families to ward off the possibilities of contracting infections.

For instance, it is believed that taking a concoction of honey with ginger and black pepper early in the morning can keep the throat and nose clean and largely immune to infections. Mild cold conditions can be treated by having a cup of hot milk with a pinch of turmeric powder. There are various homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines too which are commonly administered to children to keep season change fever away but they must be given only under the supervision and advice of a qualified homeopathic practitioner. - Window To News