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Homoeopathy for Monsoon Ailments

Dr. K.B. Bharadwaj & Dr. Poonam.V. Khiraya

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Mercurius sol: Merc sol is a leading remedy for jaundice. The symptoms include yellowish colour of the conjunctiva, slightly coated tongue with imprint of teeth, and pale and dry stools and of deep yellow colour.

Sensitiveness over the region of liver with stinging pains.

Nux vomica: Nux vomica is suitable to patients where jaundice is consequent to alcohol abuse. There is a tendency to piles and constipation and aversion to food.

To avoid all water borne diseases make sure you follow the guidelines mentioned below
  • Clean and disinfect your water tank once every month.
  • Every fortnight check your water storage tank for cleanliness.
  • Prevent contamination of water. Ensure that your water tank is well covered.
  • Maintain cleanliness around your water tank.
  • Drinking water should always be stored in clean vessels.

Malaria
Malaria is another waterborne disease, most prevalent in tropical countries. To avoid the spread of malaria, the use of certain preventive measures is important such as control of mosquitoes by the use of insect repellants and keeping the water resources clean and disinfected.

A disease caused by a waterborne parasitic infection and characterised by episodes of chills, fever and sweating and also by anaemia and enlargement of spleen. Untreated malaria becomes a chronic infection with intermittent acute flare-ups.

Malaria is caused by a protozoan infection by the name of Plasmodium. There are four varieties of these protozoa, which can cause malaria. They are Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium malariae. The periodicity of fever in malaria infection depends on the species of the parasite, a patient is infected with.

In P. vivax and P. ovale infections, the first attack of malaria may occur long after the parasite has already entered the body.

The incubation period averages 10 to 35 days but may be months for people who have been taking inadequate antimalarial drugs, which suppress rather than prevent the disease. After a few days a typical attack develops when infected red cells rupture and release parasites into the blood. Chills and shivering precede high fever followed by drenching sweats as the fever subsides. The fever may last for 36 hours and the interval between the attacks may range from 36 to 72 hours depending upon the species of the parasite. While fever is high, patients may have severe headache and be confused or delirious. Between attacks most have low fever and feel weak and exhausted. Blackwater fever is a rare complication in which breakdown of red cells is massive and haemoglobin appears in the urine making it very dark in colour.

P. vivax and P. ovale Malaria: In case of infection with P. vivax or P. ovale parasites, the illness starts with a period of several days of continued fever before the development of classical bouts of fever on alternate days. Fever starts with a rigor and the patient feels cold and the temperature rises to about 400 C. After half to one hour the hot or flush face begins. It lasts several hours and gives way to profuse perspiration and gradual fall in temperature. The cycle is repeated 48 hours later. Gradually the spleen and liver enlarge and anaemia develops. Relapses are common in the first two years.

P. Malariae: P. Malariae is usually associated with mild symptoms and bouts of fever every third day.

P. Falciparum: Infection with this type of malarial parasite is more dangerous than the other forms. The onset, especially of primary attacks is often insidious with malaise, headache and vomiting. Cough and mild diarrhoea are also common. The fever has no particular pattern and does not usually rise quite so high as in other forms. The cold, hot and sweat stages are seldom found. Jaundice is common due to hepatitis and haemolysis. The liver and spleen enlarge and anaemia develops.

Patients affected with P. falciparum malaria may develop serious complications such as severe anaemia, organ damage due to anoxia, blackwater fever, hypoglycaemia, septicaemia, metabolic acidosis and splenic rupture. In a pregnant woman, it may lead to maternal death, abortion, and still birth or low birth weight.

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