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Dr. Neha Dhakad
BHMS Homeopath Family Physician 12 Years Experience, Pune
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Do you Easily get infected and suffer from cough and cold during monsoon? than these tips will definitely help you.
In Rainy season mosquitoes can easily breed and increases the risk of mosquito transmitted infections.Malaria , Dengue , food and water poisioning , diarrhoea, vomiting , flu.
Viral infections are also common. In highly humid weather numerous one can prone to skin diseases and fungal infections.
Chronic skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis tend to worsen during the monsoon season. The climate is also favourable for fungus to thrive.
People they have problem of recurrent cough and cold or allergic cough also suffer a lot in these season because of their low immunity.

1)What You need to care about Food and drink:
* If you’re fond of street food, the rainy season isn’t the time to indulge. Pollution of water and raw vegetables is very common during rainy season. You can easily fall ill from contaminants.
*you must avoid any sort of fried food While consuming fish, make sure you eat it fresh. Cook fish properly as it is the breeding season for fishes.
*Try to avoid refrigerated food and drinks.
*Monsoons are infamously known for stomach ailments, too. Indigestion and food poisoning are mostly affect people in the months of rains.
Food items cleaned and cooked at home are any day better than frozen, pre-cooked food from the market. Warm and fresh cooked food must be given preference over cold leftovers as the former not only gives a soothing warm effect to your body it also helps in keeping away some common bacterial illnesses away. 

*A cup of hot soup is highly recommended during monsoon.  It encourages thickened secretions and helps you to get rid of bacteria and viruses from your system. 
Frequently Drink antibacterial warm herbal teas .
Take Vitamin C to boost your immune system and help fight off infections.

2)What you need to care about skin and hair:
*Number of leptospirosis cases may peak during the rainy season and outbreaks can occur following excessive rainfall or flooding. it can lead to various fungal infections of the feet and nails.
*Dry your feet whenever they get wet. Don't continue to wear wet socks or wet shoes!
*Get a good pair of waterproof shoes to protect your feet from getting wet,also they are easier to dry off and provide traction that prevents slipping.
*After getting wet in the rain take Shower.Diseases develop when your body experiences a sudden change of temperature in the rain. Taking a hot shower right after being drenched in wet clothes stabilises the cold temperature and is the best way to get rid of all the germs that you may have picked up in the rain. If you get drenched in the rain, add disinfectant to bathing water to avoid skin problems.
*Keep your skin clean by bathing twice a day. Due to humidity many toxins can buildup on the the skin.
*Avoid colds and coughs by keeping your body warm and dry.
*Children's skin is particularly vulnerable during the monsoon season. Impetigo & scabies are common during these season and produces itchy skin. It's important to visit a dermatologist to get these conditions treated before they spread.
*Avoid wearing tight clothing or clothing made out of synthetic fabric
3)What you need to take care about Enviornment around you:
*One major thing you need to make sure that there is no water-logging in and around your house. Water-logging provides shelter to mosquitoes and bacteria -- which in turns makes room for several monsoon diseases.
*If you suffer from asthma or diabetes, avoid staying anywhere with damp walls. It promotes the growth of fungus and can be especially harmful.
*Don’t enter air conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp clothes.
*keep your house clean and pest-free to prevent sickness during monsoon
*To enhance your body's natural ability to kill viruses and bacteria, including exercise in your daily routine is suggested. Physical exercises like walking, jogging , running, as a part of your daily routine will aid in healthier metabolism and prevent you from getting sick during monsoons. 
Advice :
* Get enough sleep.
*Just because you enjoy to rain,don’t just get drenched everytime.
*If you need to Venture out,carry your rain gear or umbrella to protect yourself
*In case if you are already suffering ,just consult with Homeopathic Doctor . It is best way to get ride of your health issues without side effects and improve your immunity.

Published  
Dr.
Dr. Neha Dhakad
BHMS Homeopath Family Physician 12 Years Experience, Pune
Consult


Do you Easily get infected and suffer from cough and cold during monsoon? than these tips will definitely help you.
In Rainy season mosquitoes can easily breed and increases the risk of mosquito transmitted infections.Malaria , Dengue , food and water poisioning , diarrhoea, vomiting , flu.
Viral infections are also common. In highly humid weather numerous one can prone to skin diseases and fungal infections.
Chronic skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis tend to worsen during the monsoon season. The climate is also favourable for fungus to thrive.
People they have problem of recurrent cough and cold or allergic cough also suffer a lot in these season because of their low immunity.

1)What You need to care about Food and drink:
* If you’re fond of street food, the rainy season isn’t the time to indulge. Pollution of water and raw vegetables is very common during rainy season. You can easily fall ill from contaminants.
*you must avoid any sort of fried food While consuming fish, make sure you eat it fresh. Cook fish properly as it is the breeding season for fishes.
*Try to avoid refrigerated food and drinks.
*Monsoons are infamously known for stomach ailments, too. Indigestion and food poisoning are mostly affect people in the months of rains.
Food items cleaned and cooked at home are any day better than frozen, pre-cooked food from the market. Warm and fresh cooked food must be given preference over cold leftovers as the former not only gives a soothing warm effect to your body it also helps in keeping away some common bacterial illnesses away. 

*A cup of hot soup is highly recommended during monsoon.  It encourages thickened secretions and helps you to get rid of bacteria and viruses from your system. 
Frequently Drink antibacterial warm herbal teas .
Take Vitamin C to boost your immune system and help fight off infections.

2)What you need to care about skin and hair:
*Number of leptospirosis cases may peak during the rainy season and outbreaks can occur following excessive rainfall or flooding. it can lead to various fungal infections of the feet and nails.
*Dry your feet whenever they get wet. Don't continue to wear wet socks or wet shoes!
*Get a good pair of waterproof shoes to protect your feet from getting wet,also they are easier to dry off and provide traction that prevents slipping.
*After getting wet in the rain take Shower.Diseases develop when your body experiences a sudden change of temperature in the rain. Taking a hot shower right after being drenched in wet clothes stabilises the cold temperature and is the best way to get rid of all the germs that you may have picked up in the rain. If you get drenched in the rain, add disinfectant to bathing water to avoid skin problems.
*Keep your skin clean by bathing twice a day. Due to humidity many toxins can buildup on the the skin.
*Avoid colds and coughs by keeping your body warm and dry.
*Children's skin is particularly vulnerable during the monsoon season. Impetigo & scabies are common during these season and produces itchy skin. It's important to visit a dermatologist to get these conditions treated before they spread.
*Avoid wearing tight clothing or clothing made out of synthetic fabric
3)What you need to take care about Enviornment around you:
*One major thing you need to make sure that there is no water-logging in and around your house. Water-logging provides shelter to mosquitoes and bacteria -- which in turns makes room for several monsoon diseases.
*If you suffer from asthma or diabetes, avoid staying anywhere with damp walls. It promotes the growth of fungus and can be especially harmful.
*Don’t enter air conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp clothes.
*keep your house clean and pest-free to prevent sickness during monsoon
*To enhance your body's natural ability to kill viruses and bacteria, including exercise in your daily routine is suggested. Physical exercises like walking, jogging , running, as a part of your daily routine will aid in healthier metabolism and prevent you from getting sick during monsoons. 
Advice :
* Get enough sleep.
*Just because you enjoy to rain,don’t just get drenched everytime.
*If you need to Venture out,carry your rain gear or umbrella to protect yourself
*In case if you are already suffering ,just consult with Homeopathic Doctor . It is best way to get ride of your health issues without side effects and improve your immunity.

Partial-thickness burns are more serious than superficial (first-degree) burns because a deeper layer of skin is burned. They are more painful, and they can get infected more easily. Also, if the burn affects more than 10% of your body, you may go into shock because you can lose a lot of fluid from the burned area.

Partial-thickness burns affect a deeper layer of skin, but they don’t damage muscle or bone. They are also sometimes called second-degree burns.

All partial-thickness burns more than 2 to 3 inches wide should be treated by your healthcare provider. Smaller burns can usually be treated at home.

WHAT CAUSES A PARTIAL-THICKNESS BURN?

Partial-thickness burns are usually caused by:

Overexposure to the sun
Contact with a hot object, such as an iron or skillet
Contact with hot liquids or steam
Exposure to flames
Burning gasoline or kerosene
Contact with harsh chemicals
Contact with electricity
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The skin is bright red and has 1 or more blisters. The blisters usually turn white. The blisters may break open. They may leak fluid, making the skin look wet. The area may also look blotchy, with some areas redder than others. The burn is usually very painful and there may be some swelling. With larger burns, you may have nausea or headache.

HOW IS IT TREATED?

The goals of treatment for partial-thickness burns are easing the pain and preventing infection.

For burns with closed blisters:

Flush the burn with cool running water or put cold moist cloths on the burn until there is less pain. Don’t use ice or ice water, which can cause more damage to the skin.
Remove jewelry or tight clothing from the burned area right away before the skin begins to swell. If you cannot do this, emergency rooms have special tools for removing jewelry or clothing.
Try not to break the blisters. If the blisters break, it’s easier for the burn to get infected.
For burns with open blisters:

Don’t remove clothing if it is stuck to the burn.
Run cool water over the burn unless the burn is several inches in size. Running water over a large burn might increase the risk of shock.
For chemical burns, follow these first-aid steps while making sure to avoid more contact with the chemical:

Immediately remove any clothing and jewelry on which the chemical has spilled.
Flush liquid chemicals from the skin thoroughly with running water for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to avoid splashing the chemical in your eyes. After flushing, call the Poison Control Center for advice about the specific chemical that burned you, or have someone else call while you are rinsing off the chemical. It helps to have the chemical container with you when you make the call to make sure you give the correct name for the chemical.
Brush dry chemicals off the skin if large amounts of water are not available. Small amounts of water will activate some chemicals, such as lime, and cause more damage, so keep dry chemicals dry unless very large amounts of water are available. Be careful not to get any chemicals in the eyes.
Don’t try to neutralize a chemical. For example, putting an alkali chemical onto skin that has been exposed to an acid will often produce a large amount of heat and may increase the burning.
Once all of the chemical has been removed, cover the burn with a sterile or clean, loose, dry bandage and get medical care.
For electrical burns:

All electrical burns must be examined promptly by a healthcare provider. An electrical burn may seem to have caused just minor damage, but it can go deep into tissues under the skin. The damage may not be obvious for several hours or even until the next day. Delayed treatment can cause more damage.
Cover the area of the burn with a clean (sterile, if possible), dry bandage, such as a gauze pad. Wrap it loosely. Don’t put any ointments or other substances on the burned area.
For all partial-thickness burns:

You don’t need to cover the burn or blisters unless clothing or something else is rubbing against them. If you need to cover blisters, put on a clean, dry, loose bandage. Make sure that the tape or adhesive does not touch the burn. Avoid wearing clothes or shoes or doing activities that rub or irritate the blisters until they have healed. Don’t wrap tape completely around a hand, arm, foot, or leg. This could interfere with blood flow to the area and cause more swelling after you put the tape on.
Don’t put grease, petroleum jelly, butter, or home remedies on the burn because they can make it hard for the burn to heal properly and may increase the risk of infection. Don’t put any ointment on the burn unless you are instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.
Take aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation, or take acetaminophen to relieve pain.

Check with your healthcare provider before you give any medicine that contains aspirin or salicylates to a child or teen. This includes medicines like baby aspirin, some cold medicines, and Pepto-Bismol. Children and teens who take aspirin are at risk for a serious illness called Reye's syndrome.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin, may cause stomach bleeding and other problems. These risks increase with age. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare provider, don’t take for more than 10 days for any reason.

Keep burned arms or legs propped up higher than your heart as much as possible for the first day or 2. This will help reduce pain and swelling.
Call your healthcare provider right away for burns that are more than 2 to 3 inches wide, especially if they are on the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks, or a big joint, like your knee or shoulder. Medical care may include:

Extra fluids to replace the fluid your body is losing through the burned area. Your healthcare provider may give you fluids intravenously (through a tube into your vein).
Antibiotics because the burned skin can no longer protect your body from infection by bacteria that may get on your skin
Lightly bandaging the burned area with an antibacterial dressing or leaving it unbandaged, depending on the size of the burn and where it is
Medicine prescribed to kill the pain
A tetanus shot to prevent tetanus infection
Later, a skin graft so there is less scarring
HOW DO I KEEP TAKING CARE OF A BURN?

When you clean the burned area, wash it gently with mild soap and warm water. Don’t use deodorant soap.
Check for any changes or signs of infection, like pus, swelling, or increased redness.
If your provider recommended using an antibiotic ointment, use a clean cotton swab to put a thin layer of the ointment on the burn. Don’t touch the tube of antibiotic cream to the burned area. If you need more cream or ointment, use a new cotton swab.
If you need to cover the burn, cover it with a sterile nonstick bandage.
Also:

Protect the burn from pressure and friction.
Don’t bump the burned area. Try to use it less than you normally would. This can help it heal.
Drink enough water or juice to prevent dehydration.
Avoid exposure to sun and to extreme hot and cold temperatures.
Call your healthcare provider if your burn is not getting better after 2 to 3 days or you have any of the following:

Fever over 101.5°F (38.6°C)
Worsening redness of the skin
A lot more swelling of the burned area
Pain that is getting worse
Puslike drainage from the burned area
A blister filled with greenish or brownish fluid or one that becomes hot again or turns red

Burn scars
Accidentally touching something hot, like grabbing a pan right out of the oven, or getting scalded with boiling water can burn your skin. Chemicals, the sun, radiation, and electricity can also cause skin burns.

Burns cause skin cells to die. Damaged skin produces a protein called collagen to repair itself. As the skin heals, thickened, discolored areas called scars form. Some scars are temporary and fade over time. Others are permanent.

Scars can be small or large. Burn scars that cover a wide surface of your face or body can affect your appearance.

When to see a doctor
You can treat small first-degree burns on your own. For a second-degree burn, ask your doctor if you should make an appointment. Look for signs of infection, like redness, swelling, or pus. For third-degree burns, go to the hospital as soon as possible.

Even if the burn is small or first-degree, check with a doctor if it doesn’t heal within a week. Also, call if the scar is large or it doesn’t fade.

Treatment of burn scars
Treatment will depend on the degree and size of the burn. Don’t try any home treatment without first talking to your doctor.

For second-degree burns:

Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to your burn to help it heal.
Cover your burn with sterile, nonstick gauze to protect the area, prevent infection, and help the skin recover.
For third-degree burns:

Wear tight, supportive clothing called compression garments over your burn to help your skin heal. You may have to wear compression garments all day, every day for several months.
You may need a skin graft. This surgery takes healthy skin from another area of your body or from a donor to cover your damaged skin.
You can also have surgery to release areas of your body that have been tightened by contractures, and help you move again.
A physical therapist can teach you exercises to help you regain motion in areas that have been tightened by contractures.

Burn recovery
How quickly your burn will heal depends on how severe it is:

First-degree burns should heal on their own within a week without causing scars.
Second-degree burns should heal in about two weeks. They sometimes leave a scar, but it may fade with time.
Third-degree burns can take months or years to heal. They leave behind scars. You may need a skin graft to minimize these scars.

Burn complications
Minor burns should heal without causing any lasting problems. Deeper and more severe burns can cause scars, as well as the following complications:

Infection
Like any wounds, burns create an opening that can allow bacteria and other germs to sneak in. Some infections are minor and treatable. If bacteria get into your bloodstream, they can cause an infection called sepsis, which is life-threatening.

Dehydration
Burns make your body lose fluid. If you lose too much fluid, your blood volume can get so low that you don’t have enough blood to supply your entire body.

Low body temperature
Your skin helps regulate your body temperature. When it’s damaged from a burn, you can lose heat too quickly. This can lead to hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.

Contractures
When scar tissue forms over a burn, it can tighten your skin so much that you can’t move your bones or joints.

Muscle and tissue damage
If the burn goes through the layers of your skin, it can damage the structures underneath.

Emotional problems
Large scars can be disfiguring, especially if they’re on your face or other visible areas. This may lead to emotional problems.

India is known for its exotic spices since the ancient times. These spices are mostly used for flavouring or tempering cooked food. If you know the better uses of Indian spices, you can be more creative with them and use them in your daily life for making your food to taste better. Amchur or Amchur Powder, which is also referred as mango powder, is one of the Indian fruity spices powder that is made from dried unripe green mangoes.

Amchur powder is usually used when the mangoes are out of season, to add flavour and nutritional benefits of mangoes to the foods and drinks. It is soury yet sweet to taste. Tart pale beige to brownish in colour, it is used to add tanginess to the dishes and can be used as a substitute of lemon.

Health Benefits Of Amchur

Apart from adding flavour, colour and taste to the food, amchur powder comprises various health benefits. It contains many nutrients including vitamin A, E and C, and antioxidants, and is used in preparing many Ayurvedic medicines.

Amchur is also rich in iron and known to be quite beneficial for pregnant women. It improves immunity system of the body and also quite beneficial for your skin and hair. It can be a great substitute for your costly beauty products and medicines also. It is believed that amchur also helps in controlling your blood pressure as well as diabetes.

1. Improves Digestion

Amchur powder improves your digestion and helps to fight acidity. Mango contains powerful antioxidants, which ensures good bowel movement and helps combat constipation and flatulence. Consuming amchur powder on a regular basis, by adding it to your dishes, may help you in improving your digestive system.

2. Stimulates Detoxification

Mango helps your body in eliminating harmful toxins and detoxifies it, all thanks to the presence of vitamin A, C, D and B6. Hence, amchur is used in ayurvedic medicines to treat diarrhea, dysentery and urinary tract infections.

3. Improves Eyesight

Amchur powder contains essential elements like vitamin A and vitamin E, which are important for your eyes. Amchur supports proper functioning of your hormone and by consuming amchur regularly you can improve your eyesight. It also prevents eye related disease like cataract, too.

4. Keeps Heart Healthy

Regular consumption of amchur powder may help in taking care of your heart. It may help to improve cardiovascular health. It is also used in ayurvedic medicines to keep your heart healthy and problem free.

5 .Treats And Prevents Scurvy

Scurvy is a medical condition that is caused due to deficiency of vitamin C in our body. A combination of amchur and jaggery is very effective in treating scurvy.

6. Weight Loss

Amchur powder is very effective in weight loss as it contains low carbohydrates. Moreover, amchur is packed antioxidant that helps in boosting your metabolism and helps you to stay in shape.

7. Removes Acne

Amchur powder helps in removing acne and can be used as a mild scrub for your skin. It makes your skin clean, clear and supple. It also has an exfoliating effect on your skin that helps you cure breakouts, blemishes and blackheads.

Amchur has many uses, when it comes to prepare dishes. It adds flavour to soups, chutneys, curries, dal, pickles, stir fried vegetables and fruit salad. The dried powder is directly added to these dishes like tomato chicken, fish tikka and stew. It is a spice that is even used in continental dishes like grilled citrus fish. But, that's not it. You may also use amchur in your smoothies and shakes to make them tasty and healthy.

Amchur powder is widely available in the local Indian markets, but you can also make amchur powder at your home. But make sure you keep it in an airtight container to increase its shelf life just like any other spices.

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