Moonson: Captured June 14, 2019 of a storm that rolled through El Paso by Certified Weather Watcher Miguel Vigil
Source KTSM: Captured June 14, 2019 of a storm that rolled through El Paso by Certified Weather Watcher Miguel Vigil

Staying Healthy During Monsoon: A Doctor’s Guide

Dr.Okenye shares crucial health and safety tips to protect you and your family during the rainy season, covering everything from avoiding waterborne diseases to preventing mold-related respiratory issues.

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Hello my village people, it’s Dr. Okenye, your village doctor. Today I want to discuss with you how to be safe this monsoon/rainy season. Here are 6 things you need to be aware of:

  1. Avoid walking into puddles or stagnant water; there are many issues with this, from potential exposure to parasites to increased risk of falls and hospitalization.
  2. Install mosquito nets, use mosquito coils, sprays, and repellents to help decrease the risk of mosquito bites that can result in malaria infections.
  3. If you live in an area that is prone to monsoon floods easily, be sure to keep your valuables at a high elevation to prevent water damage.
  4. Beware of mold, as it is an especially dangerous organism that can grow in damp areas and cause respiratory problems, including allergic rhinitis and interstitial lung disease.
  5. Know that waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea are common due to poor drainage systems, open defecation, and flooding of poorly constructed septic systems.
  6. Stay warm because when flooded houses become damp and cold, you are at risk of developing pneumonia and cold-related diseases.

Read Okenye’s post on What Does It Mean to Be Lactose Intolerant: Causes, Symptoms, and Testing, The Importance of Vitamin C: A Vital Nutrient for Overall Health, and The Sunshine Vitamin: Why You Need Vitamin D and How to Get It

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any new medication or treatment. This publication and aurthors does not endorse or recommend any specific medication and is not liable for any adverse effects from the use of this information. You can learn more about Dr. Okenye.

Emmanuel Okenye

Dr. Emmanuel Okenye, DO is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is ABIM board-certified and practices both outpatient at Evergreen Family Medicine and inpatient at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon.

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