by Zareen Afridi
Among the most common diseases that come up with the onset of monsoon is Hepatitis. During monsoons hepatitis is on a rise. Since the rainy season, cases of hepatitis are on the rise. People suffering from Hepatitis complain about vomiting, diarrhoea, discomfort and uneasiness. This disease has its root cause in consumption of contaminated food and water which is unavoidable in the season of monsoon. With the availability of food vendors around and floundering unhygienic practices, it is easy to fall into the trap of Hepatitis.
Dr J C Vij, Director and Head, BLK Centre for Digestive and Liver Diseases, BLK Super Speciality Hospital says that there are five major types of Hepatitis virus. They are Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis D the rarest of all while others like Hepatitis A, B, C and E are common and not very serious. They have a primary cause as consumption of unsanitized food and water. Since food tends to get contaminated soon due to fungal actions, this disease reaches epidemic proportions especially in Monsoon season. Hepatitis A and E are not life threatening and are self-limiting. There is a meager chance of 2% deaths in patients. Under this condition, a person needs to have ample rest, good nutrition and should keep a track of his hygienic habits.
Causes of Hepatitis A and E are generally consuming food and water that has been infected by the remnants of person suffering from hepatitis A. Since it doesn’t lead to long-term inflammation of liver, it is not a life threatening disease.
People who do not take care of sanitation and hygiene have greater risk of getting triggered by Hepatitis A and E. Therefore sanitization and clean eating habits is the key to remain healthy and fit in the rainy season.
Dr Vij also says that there is no specific treatment for such infections. One should not fall into the trap of voodoo, herbal doctors or street practitioners as their claims are false and not based on any theories. However, consult a doctor as it is necessary to make sure it doesn’t lead to severe type of jaundice like Hepatitis B and C. Rest and nutritious diet hence becomes imperative to gain sound health and mind. Certain tips that you can follow to keep your body at bay with Hepatitis are:
Keep your body hydrated at all times as a person suffering from Hepatitis A and E loses water levels faster due to diarrhoea.
Avoid alcohol at all costs.
Practice good hygiene and keep your surroundings and environment clean.
Cook and consume fresh food at home.
Avoid stale food and do not eat food that has been cooked from a long time.
Keep clean and dry.
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