Rains may lower body’s resistance to viruses
Do you ever wonder why you almost always get a cold after getting wet from the rain?
According to Harvard Health Publications, our body temperature drops when we get wet. When this happens, our body’s resistance to disease-causing viruses decreases.
Lourdes Alfonso, a mother of a grade-school student, recalls how her son caught a fever.
“Paglabas nya ng school, nakalimutan nya ‘yung payong nya kaya no’ng pag-uwi nya sa bahay ‘yung katawan nya ay basang-basa. Pagdating ng kinagabihan, nilgnat s’ya na may kasamang ubo at sipon,” Alfonso said.
Dr. Gerald Belandres, a practitioner of general occupational medicine, says it is important to consult a doctor if illnesses persist. Ordinary colds and flu, if left untreated, may lead to dehydration, weakening of the body and worse, pneumonia.
To help protect from these contagious diseases, Belandres advises taking a shower after getting rain-soaked.
“Kung naambunan tayo, dapat kailangan maligo agad-agad para maalis ‘yung mga impurities o ‘yung mga dumikit na pathogens doon sa katawan natin,” he said.
Bathing with an antibacterial soap can likewise help in washing off disease-causing germs and viruses.