7 Most Common Rainy Day Illnesses

Rain brings temporary mayhem, especially in the streets of Metro Manila: floods, traffic, and a slew of diseases, which, if left untreated, can cause you a lot of grief, pain, and money. Familiarize yourself with the most common rainy-day illnesses, so you can better prepare your body for them.

by Ethel Nolasco, 03 October 2017

7 Try no catch these diseases even if you’re caught in the rain.

It’s practically typhoon season in the Philippines from June to February (that’s almost year-round), and it seems that staying home is the best way to prevent yourself from getting sick. But unless you work or study from home, there is most probably a job or school you need to get to, so you can’t stay holed up in your house forever. We’ve listed down the most common diseases you can get during the rainy season, so that if you do get sick, you’ll have an idea of what you might have and how to deal with it. Here are the seven things you’re most likely to catch.

1. Colds and Coughs
Commonly caused by rhinoviruses, colds usually start with the inflammation of the throat, often leading to a runny nose. Prolonged colds can later bring on a cough. These two may seem very common but if left untreated, they may lead to serious illnesses like sinusitis and bronchitis. If you have been struck by the virus, make sure to take lots of water and vitamin C.

2. Influenza
Continuing colds and coughs, accompanied by fever, headache, or body aches, can be caused by another kind of microorganism: the flu virus. This virus usually targets the respiratory system, so it is important to get to a doctor once you feel your symptoms start to get worse, and before any complications develop.

3. Dengue Fever
Rainwater can fill up empty containers scattered around your house. The resulting stagnant water is the favorite breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially the Aedes aegypti female mosquitoes that are carriers of the dengue virus. Dengue can be fatal so if you’ve been running a high fever for three days without any other signs of infection (like a cough or a cold) you should get a blood test done, just to be on the safe side.

4. Scabies
Scabies is a kind of skin infection caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei parasite. Their presence causes extreme itching, and rashes on the skin. If left untreated, these mites can make the surface of your skin their home. There are oral and cream medications that you can use to stop scabies, as prescribed by your physician.

5. Athlete’s Foot
Floodwaters are a source of fungus, especially the ones that cause athlete’s foot—a skin infection that makes the skin flaky, later causing cracks on the skin, which may eventually lead to sores. Antifungal topical solutions are available to get rid of the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

6. Leptospirosis
Bacteria from wastes of rats also thrive in floodwaters and these cause leptospirosis. These often infect you through open wounds. Leptospirosis is accompanied by high fever, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. These are also common symptoms for other illnesses, so it is best to consult your doctor, if you feel like you have an infection.

7. Cholera
This one is an intestinal infection caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. You usually get this when you consume contaminated food and water. Signs of cholera include watery diarrhea and vomiting, and extreme cases can lead to dehydration. When experiencing early signs, you need to make sure that you replace all the fluids your body loses. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than three days.