Wet Season Woes

Wet Season Woes

The rains are here. Welcome relief from the pre-monsoon heat and humidity, however the wet brings with it it’s own set of health concerns which can be a challenge.

Those who suffer from asthma have sensitive airways, which can sometimes become narrow and this makes breathing difficult. Many (seasonal) asthma sufferers find that their symptoms worsen in the wet season.
There is increasing awareness that mould growth inside damp buildings is an important factor in childhood asthma, and if the exposure is very high it can cause severe breathing problems. This mould grows where there is dampness. Alang-alang roofing can also be a strong allergen for asthma sufferers. If you have an asthmatic member in your family, try to choose accommodation without this type of roofing.

Mosquito numbers will increase prolifically towards the end of the wet season when rivers, lakes, storm drains and even puddles provide the ideal breeding ground for these annoying insects.
Dengue fever is a serious viral illness, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti (Tiger) Mosquito. Dengue occurs in two forms, Dengue Fever, and the more severe Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF).
Dengue fever is a severe flu like illness that causes fever mostly in older children and adults, but rarely causes death. DHF is a second more severe form of the disease causing bleeding and shock. Severe cases may be fatal, particularly in children. If you suspect you or your family could be suffering from Dengue fever see medical attention immediately.

There are over half a dozen kinds of venomous snakes that are native to the island of Bali including Cobras and Vipers and they all prefer a warm dry bed as oppose to a wet garden. Snakes will find there way into homes, garages etc and will give you a helluva surprise if you come across one.
All snakes will attempt to avoid biting humans, but many will do so in defense if deliberately provoked or accidentally disturbed. The most obvious way to treat a potential snaked bite then, is to avoid being bitten in the first place.
The message here is quite clear. Leave snakes alone where possible and never try to taunt catch or kill a snake. Should you have the misfortune to have been bitten by one of these creatures apply first aid and immediately seek medical attention (Sanglah hospital).
Learn how to snake-proof your home by contacting the “Snake Man” Ron Lily at Bali Reptile Rescue 0813 3849 7600 or face book page ronlilleysbalisnakepatrol.

Latest statistics show that 480 people have been killed on Bali roads so far this year, and you can be certain that the numbers will peak in the December – January period when bad weather is mixed with holiday season madness.
Along with the torrential monsoon rains roads will flood, holes will appear and embankments will collapse.
Extra care must be taken in these conditions. SLOW down, wear seatbelts and helmets because you should, not because the law says so, keep underage children OFF motorbikes and don’t drink / drug and drive. Don’t attempt to drive through floods unless you REALLY know what you are doing.
Make sure your bike / car is roadworthy and put your lights on in bad weather.

Happy Holidays & Stay Safe ?

Kim Patra is a qualified Midwife & Nurse Practioner who has been living and working in Bali for over 30 years. She now runs her own Private Practice & Mothers & Babies center at her Community Health Care office in Sanur.
Kim is happy to discuss any health concerns that you have and may be contacted via email at info@chcbali.com or office phone number 0361-2775666

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