Flood Waters or Standing Waters Health Risks

Flood Waters or Standing Waters Health Risks

Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries.
In the summer of 2015, two large, well documented, and somewhat similar floods occured in Pakistan.

Health Risks
Both floods occurred in warm, humid climates, and saw sewrage and corpses floating in the streets. Such breakdowns in sanitation systems and contamination of drinking water evoke fears of water-borne diseases, which are contracted by either drinking or coming into direct contact with contaminated water. The incubation period, the time between when the person is exposed to the contaminated water and symptoms of the illness arise, can range between a few days to several weeks. The general symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. In developing countries, many of the affected are children, a significant number of whom die from dehydration, malnutrition, other complications, and lack of antibiotics.

Other Health Effects
*Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected
*Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease
*These include drowning and injuries or trauma. Tetanus is not common after injury from flooding, and mass tetanus vaccination programs are not indicated.
*Hypothermia may also be a problem, particularly in children, if trapped in floodwaters for lengthy periods. There may also be an increased risk of respiratory tract infections

In Pakistan,the Monsoon rains sweep across the country each year from June to September, often flooding various parts of the country. The resulting breakdown of the sanitation system and contaminated water cause water-borne diseases. Later, the stagnant water is a breeding ground for vector-borne diseases.

Preventions and Treatments
To protect yourself and your family,
*Practice good hygiene (handwashing) after contact with flood waters.
*Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection.Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound.Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage.If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
*Be aware of potential chemical hazards during floods. Flood waters may have moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places.
*Flood waters can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact.
Avoid downed power lines.
*Use clean drinking water.
Water can also be purified by boiling or treating with chlorine.
Use oral rehydration salts to treat dehydration.
Use appropriate antibiotics to combat bacterial infection.
Use analgesics to reduce fever.

Homeopathy – Remedies to Use in a Disaster
For those who caught up in the disaster it can mean injuries and sickness, destruction of property, loss of loved ones, starvation, and displacement. Long after the physical wounds have healed, emotional trauma remains.
Homoeopathy is frontline medicine at its best. It has much to offer the victims of disaster and those who rush to their aid. It can be safely used before other medical help arrives and then used beside it with no risk of interactive effects.The immediate problems of injury, shock, panic, exposure and poisoning that follow a disaster can frequently be helped by anyone with a working knowledge of homeopathy.

Homoeopathy also has numerous remedies that help with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Whether by self-treatment or qualified help, homeopathy has a lot to offer victims in the wake of a disaster. The following remedies are those we recommend for a basic emergency, so that you too can be well prepared should disaster strike.
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Nothing on this site is a recommendation as to how to treat any particular disease or health-related condition. You should not use this site as a substitute for professional medical advice. For serious ailments, or if symptoms persist, you must see a medical professional. You should not stop taking prescribed medication without consulting your doctor. Not all conditions will respond to homeopathic treatment.

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