By Damilola Faustino
It seems the rain is disobeying the period or time it is meant to begin and end. With the effect of climate change, you should expect rain at anytime. The rainy season comes with a lot of health hazards, and if you are not careful, you will definitely fall ill. This is due to the high humidity brought about by repeated spells of rain, as well as ripple effects of blocked drainages, stagnant water and other environmental effects of continuous downpour. Thankfully, there are easy precautions you can take to stay in peak health condition during this rainy period. Check them out:
Wash or sanitise your hands
Bacteria and viruses come alive during the rainy period and you can come into contact with them just by crossing the road or holding on to an infected railing or bench. So, always wash or sanitise your hands as frequently as you can.
Don’t touch your face
Flu often times enters our body via our eyes, nose and mouth. Resist the urge to scratch your eye or wipe your sweaty forehead. Rather, use a clean napkin or handkerchief.
Protect yourself from dirty water
Blocked gutters and dirty puddles are a common sight during the rainy season. Unfortunately, they are sources of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, influenza, cholera and fungal skin infections. Covering them up is the best way to protect yourself from these diseases and still maintain your active life.
Avoid eating street food
The rainy season is not the time to eat roasted plantain and coin, suya and other Nigerian street foods. These foods that are cooked and sold in the open air are likely to come in contact with airborne and waterborne diseases and bacteria. It is advisable to eat fresh, home-cooked meals.
Keep mosquitoes out
The more the rain the more mosquitoes come around. This is because they are looking for breeding ground To keep mosquitoes out of your life, do some housecleaning and also get rid of stagnant water.
Drink herbal tea
Herbal tea has curative properties for coughs, colds and sore throat which are ailments that emerge whenever it rains.