Better safe than sorry

Better safe than sorry

Summer Diseases

Better safe than sorry

With the onset of summer, a host of diseases and infections are spreading in the City. Many Bangaloreans are falling prey to soaring temperatures and persistent cough. However, there are certain things that one can keep in mind before venturing into the sun to reduce their chances of falling sick.

Diseases such as gastroenteritis, chicken pox and typhoid are common. Doctors say that it is essential to hydrate the body and avoid eating out very often. “It’s safer to eat hot food rather than cut fruits and vegetables. Eating cut fruits — which is exposed to the air for a long time — can cause various types of vector-borne diseases. This is because they come into contact with house flies, which are carriers of various types of diseases. They often cause diarrhoea and dysentery, which in turn infect the gastrointestinal tract of the stomach. Eating hot food and constantly hydrating yourself with liquids is essential,” advises Dr Chandil Kumar Gunashekhara, a general physician.

He adds that skin infection and infection of the foot are also very common and people should be careful about keeping their feet dry. “Skin lesions and sunburn are very common in the summer. Covering the head with a cap and keeping away from the sun for long hours is advisable. During summer, one should let the skin breathe by wearing their cotton and linen. Those who have a tendency to get dehydrated should drink a lot of water. Special care should be taken for children,” he adds.

Dorothy, a homemaker, explains that during the summer vacation, her family avoids eating out too often. “As a family, we are paranoid about gastrointestinal diseases. I specifically make it a point that the children avoid eating chaats, golgappas and raw food. We try not to experiment with new restaurants since the level of hygiene is unknown and the water could by contaminated. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” she notes.

Anjana, a marketing executive, says that she plans to take special care during the summer as she has a long commute to work.

“I travel at least ten kilometres a day. Travelling in the scorching sun is very taxing — occasionally, I have fainted because of dehydration. This season, I plan to cover my head while travelling and carry a bottle of water with me at all times. I also intend to use an umbrella in the sun to avoid skin infection,” she sums up.