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Ask Me Anything with Dr. Shaheen Shaikh

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Q1 During this rainy season, malaria is a big concern especially if my children get it, what kind of symptoms are indicative of malaria?
Symptoms include Fever, Chills, Headache, Sweats, Fatigue, Nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms may appear in cycles. The time between episodes of fever and other symptoms varies with the specific parasite you are infected with. Episodes of symptoms may occur:

Every 48 hours if you are infected with P. vivax or P. ovale.
Every 72 hours if you are infected with P. malariae.

Q2. What are the most common illnesses that doctors see during the monsoon and what can we do to prevent each one?
The common illnesses seen during monsoon season are Diarrhoeal diseases, Typhoid fevers, Malaria, Dengue & Leptospirosis.

Since this disease is spread by mosquitoes, so mosquito repellents and net should be used to prevent it. Make sure that water does not stagnate in your area as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Avoid wading in stagnant water. Do not eat street food and drink filtered/boiled water.

Q3. My wife is due to deliver before the monsoons end. Are there any special precautions she should take to prepare for the delivery?

Drink filtered/ boiled water, Avoid street food. Apply mosquito repellant creams on exposed body parts at night. Get rid of open water storage/ collection sites to avoid mosquito breeding. Avoid wading in stagnant water

Q4. When there is no anti-septic in the house and somebody gets a cut, what are some alternative ways to disinfect the wound?

Please keep the wound clean and covered. There is no home made or home based remedy to replace antiseptics

Q5. Are water purifiers safe during the monsoons or should I boil water after it comes out of the purifier?

If your water purifier is a known brand and the filters have been replaced as per the manufacturer’s requirements then there is no need to boil water.