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Preventing Monsoon-Related Illnesses: The Role of a Good Thermometer

Preventing Monsoon-Related Illnesses: The Role of a Good Thermometer

The monsoon is in the wind, providing much-needed relief from the broiling heatwaves. As monsoon steps on the doorstep, it also comes with its own set of health challenges. The combination of increased humidity, stagnant water, and changing temperatures contributes to an increased risk of health issues. However, with preventive measures, one can protect themselves from monsoon-related diseases. To ensure wellness during this season, one needs to stay equipped with essential gear. One of the most essential tools is the thermometer. Let's delve deeper to understand its importance and the significant role of the thermometer.
* Common Illnesses During Monsoon:

Monsoon poses a significant risk of coming in contact with various diseases. Various factors can affect the immune system's ability to encounter any illness. Above all, people with seasonal allergies and chronic respiratory problems are most affected by sudden shifts between heat and rain. 

Here are the following common illnesses during monsoon: 

1. Respiratory problems: Humidity, moisture, and dampness affect respiratory functioning, exposing the risk of having asthma, influenza, pneumonia, etc. 

Also read: Common Respiratory Problems During Monsoon and How to Prevent them.

2. Insect-borne diseases: During monsoons, stagnant water becomes an ideal breeding space, giving rise to mosquitoes and insects. This causes diseases like chikungunya, malaria, dengue, etc.

3. Viral fever: colds and flu are common during the monsoon. Factors like temperature change, shifts in weather patterns, and contaminated environments influence the viral fever to attack the immune system. 

4. Gastrointestinal problems: Consuming contaminated food or water affects the digestive system, causing bloating, gas, or acidity. 

* The Role of a Good Thermometer:

A good thermometer plays an irreplaceable role in detecting such diseases. Mostly, people fail in the detection of diseases that cause stress on the immune system. 

Here's how a good thermometer helps: 

  • Early detection: A high body temperature is the initial symptom of any monsoon-related illness. However, thermometer readings can help detect fever and take timely action. 
  • Monitoring illness progress: For people dealing with chronic conditions, checking body temperature regularly can help to supervise health properly.
  • Evaluate Medical Severity: A sudden high body temperature indicates the severity of the infection. This can help in knowing when to consult health professionals and doctors. 

* How do I choose the right thermometer? 

One of the important factors that determine how right a thermometer is its convenience, portability, accuracy, and durability. However, below are a few tips that, step by step, determine how to opt for a good thermometer.

  1. Know the types: Thermometers are of various kinds like digital, mercury, infrared, etc. Each of them has unique characteristics which serve the same purpose differently. Therefore, it is advised to check for the right fit before buying. For example, for infants, pacifier thermometers are better. 
  2. Durability: The thermometer must be durable enough to be used for the long run. Know the battery life of the thermometer. Mercury thermometers run without batteries, which makes them more durable, but they are also explosive. 
  3. Memory function: As technology advanced, there were few thermometers, like infrared, that memorized previous readings. This is helpful for those who use a thermometer for frequent testing.
  4. Cost: A good thermometer has all the convenient factors and is still cost-effective. The cost of the tool must be worth it with all its features.
  5. Speed: How much time a thermometer takes to show the reading matters, too. So before buying a thermometer, have a trial test to check its speed. Also, look at whether the reading is visible to read or not. 
  6. Accuracy: Another important factor to consider before buying the thermometer is its accuracy. For this, refer to the testimonials and the brand's expertise. 
  7. Easy to Use: Thermometers must be easy to operate. So much so that, be it older people or children, an individual must know how to use it; it must have visible reading, sophisticated design to carry, and be simple to operate. 

* More essential medical equipment to carry...

  • Nebulizers
  • Humidifiers
  • Heating pads
  • Steam Inhalers
  • Vaporizers

Also read: Monsoon Essential Kit- What gears to stock in this Monsoon?

* Summing up

A good thermometer plays a pivotal role in the early detection of any disease, which helps in curing them faster. That's why they are important gear not only during monsoon but in any season to detect illness. With that said, what also needs to be highlighted is having a thermometer along with the devices, as mentioned earlier. This can help stay precautionary on longer runs and carry ideal measures at times.

Next article Common Respiratory Problems During Monsoon and How to Prevent them.

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