Caused by a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection, gastroenteritis is most commonly transmitted through contaminated food and water.
During the rainy season, the risk of water pollution increases, leading to the spread of bacteria and an increased risk of gastroenteritis.
Some of the most common symptoms of the disease include: severe diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, and dehydration. Severe dehydration can be life-threatening in the elderly, young children, and people with suppressed immune systems. Dehydration can lead to liver failure and death.
Here are some things you can do to prevent gastroenteritis:
1. Keep the surroundings clean. Disinfect common surfaces (eg, countertops, doorknobs, etc.) with chlorine-based cleaners or cleaners.
2. Wash your hands after using the restroom. This is important if you use a public restroom, be it at work or any other area.
3. Wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially before eating and preparing food.
4. Avoid eating street food or places with unclear water sources.
5. Drink thoroughly boiled and chlorinated water.
6. Avoid eating fresh or undercooked fish.
7. Do not eat mixed fruits sold on the street. You should prepare your own fruits and store them in hygienic containers.
8. If you get wet in the rain and walk through puddles, wash your hands and feet quickly. This will help minimize the transmission of disease through formic substances.
9. Leave your shoes outside the house if you have entered a puddle. This is a good way to avoid bringing bacteria into your home from puddles.
10. If you work on a computer or laptop, clean the keyboard and mouse before use as common agents can spread bacteria.
11. Try to reduce stress levels. Excessive stress can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness.
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