Have you ever thought why you tend to fall sick after getting wet in the rain? Whereas, you remain fit despite taking long showers? The most common answer to these questions is a NO. Not many of us gave a though to this but it is something that we should know about. The reason being our health and wellness. If we know what exactly happens during a specific process, it becomes easier for us to understand our body and track our health. If you are also someone who fell sick immediately after getting caught in the rain, this article can be very helpful for you. We got in touch with Dr. Shrey Srivastava, MBBS, MD- Internal Medicine at Sharda Hospital to know why this happens and how to keep oneself healthy & hearty in such a condition.
Rainy season or rain brings many infectious problems like typhoid, diarrhea, jaundice etc. Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria also increase during the monsoon. But rain can come in any season and off-season rainfall is more detrimental to our health than seasonal showers. Most people get cold, cough and fever after getting wet in the rain. Besides, some incidents of getting diarrhea during rainfall are also observed. According to Dr. Srivastava, “the major causes of diarrhea linked to heavy rainfall and contaminated water supplies are cholera, cryptosporidium, E. coli infection, typhoid and viruses such as hepatitis.”
Can getting wet in the rain cause a cold?
Short answer- YES. If you are someone with weak immunity or compromised immune system, you can easily contract cold followed by cough and fever. The reason why we easily get sick after getting wet in rain is because of the increased exposure to viruses and bacteria. This doubles the risk of other illnesses apart from cold. Rainy conditions or getting drenched in rain during winter season where the temperature is already at its lowest, rain causes your body temperature to drop further and sometimes, abruptly. In some cases, body temperature falls at its lowest allowing hypothermia to set in. Hypothermia is a condition where the human body rapidly lose body heat and is unable to generate heat to soothe the body. This can drop down to fatal low body temperature. Hypothermia condition is a medical emergency that can strain the immune system and weaken body. This is why some people start to feel feverish immediately after getting wet in rain.
Why does getting wet in rain causes fever?
This is another common question on fever causes and types raised by many people. The answer to this is that rain water has high moisture which makes viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms in the surrounding active. These microorganisms can enter the body when you get wet in rain and a person with weaker immunity(immunocompromised person) can easily fall prey to these. They enter the body though mouth and nose causing pain and discomfort. Your nose will begin to pain and throat turns sore. These are signs that harmful microorganisms have entered your body.
People with weaker immunity can remain ill for some days or maybe a week or so. Your body requires time to heal itself and you must cooperate by giving it necessary rest and medical aid. Because of this reason it is advised to take bath after getting fully wet from rain water.
Why we don’t get sick after taking long shower?
Since getting wet in rain can cause hypothermia, why it is not the same during shower? Poor hygiene or infrequent showers can cause a buildup of dead skin cells, dirt, and sweat on your skin. This is why, taking showers can help get rid of the buildup and shield the skin from catching cold. As per Dr. Shrey Srivastava, “showering with low or high body temperature showers may heighten your immune system and make you more resistant to illness. Taking a cold or hot shower is likely to be safe. However, people should avoid taking extremely cold or extremely hot showers, as doing so could be harmful to health.”
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