Summer makes you sick

With mercury levels already touching 35 degrees Celsius in March and the city going through a dry spell, doctors have warned against waterborne diseases like gastroenteritis , jaundice, hepatitis A, typhoid and paratyphoid.

Physicians are already tackling cases of vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration, thanks to contaminated water. General physician Dr B Ramana Rao said: '' I am getting at least 5 to 6 cases of waterborne diseases every day and most patients are suffering from gastroenteritis . Impure drinking water is the main cause. Vomiting and diarrhoea due to gastroenteritis also leads to severe loss of water in the body and dehydration."

Besides impure drinking water, consuming food prepared in unhygienic conditions and cut fruits are also causing summer ailments , say doctors.

Dr Tejasvi C Nataraj, consultant, internal medicine, BGS Global Hospitals confirmed this: '' Eating fruits from the roadside vendor, which are either not washed properly or are cleaned with impure water, can be harmful. One should eat fresh fruits only after washing them thoroughly . It is advisable to drink fruit juices, but again not from an unhygienic roadside outlet. Drink only boiled and filtered water or prefer the bottled one when you are not at home.''

'' Apart from gastroenteritis and chicken pox, more and more children are complaining of sore throat. This is probably because they eat ice creams and drink a lot of cold water to beat the heat. It is not advisable to eat ice cream or drink cold water outside, as there are chances of getting viral infection. Children should only be given bottled /mineral water to drink,'' advised Dr T Yashodadevi, a pediatrician .

Take Care Of Yourself

Don't step out in the sun. As far as possible, avoid being outdoors between noon and 4pm. If you really need to go out, then use an umbrella or a hat/cap and sunglasses.

Drink lots of water (at least 2 to 3 litres) through the day. But if you end up drinking impure water, you might land up in hospital, say doctors. Drinking filtered and boiled water is a must during this season. Consumption of tap water should be avoided at all cost.

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