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Winters call for special attention towards health



Low humidity increases the spread of airborne disease. According to Dr. Richa Sareen, Consultant, Pulmonology at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, lack of sunshine in winters also depletes Vitamin D levels, thereby decreasing immunity, making people more susceptible to infections, including Covid-19.

COMMON WINTER ILLNESS

COMMON COLD

The cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, marked by nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, headache, and sometimes a low-grade fever. The cold virus also transmits faster in lower temperatures as it makes the lipid coating tougher, and therefore more resilient and active. Cold air also carries less water vapour than hot air, making it drier. Therefore, when a person coughs or sneezes, the mist of particles from their mouth and nose remain in the air longer making it more likely for them to catch a cold.

FLU

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Many things play a role in making the flu more common in the winter. The virus lives longer indoors in winter because the air is less humid than outside. While it is alive and in the air, it is easy for people to inhale it, or for it to land on the eyes, nose, or mouth.

BRONCHIOLITIS

Bronchiolitis is a common viral respiratory infection. Symptoms include nasal congestion, cough, low-grade fevers, and wheezing. Various viruses can cause bronchiolitis, but the most common is the Respiratory syncytial virus.

STREP THROAT

Strep is most often seen in school-aged children. Strep presents as a sore throat, headache, and stomachache. Some people will even experience high fever or vomiting.

HEADACHE

Cold winds can cause headaches, especially while traveling. ESSENTIALS THAT COME IN HANDY DURING WINTERS:

Steam Vaporiser - Steam inhalation is one of the most widely used home remedies to provide relief from the symptoms of a cold or sinus infection. https://www.medcuore.store/search?q=STEAM

Thermometer - Our body temperature closely reflects our body’s metabolic rate. Several diseases are characterized by a change in body temperature; hence, the thermometer is a must-have product. https://www.medcuore.store/search?q=thermometer

Humidifier - During the cold winter months, many diseases increase due to the cold dry air.Humidifiers can be a great solution to many winter-related problems. Hot Belt/ Pads - Cold winters causes body aches, cramps, and joint pains especially for patients who have arthritis. This is where heating belts can help; they offer great relief against back aches, joint aches, and muscular cramps. https://www.medcuore.store/search?q=heat

Foot massager / Footpads- These improve blood circulation and relieves soreness in the feet. https://www.medcuore.store/search?q=foot+massager

Pill Medicine organizer- As winters increase the chances of flu, cold, cough, and other illness, having a pill organizer that allows the patient to keep track of their medication can be helpful. https://www.medcuore.store/search?q=pill TIPS ON STAYING HEALTHY DURING THE WINTER:

● Eat a well-balanced diet consisting of whole grains, lean meats, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These are essential for boosting the immune system. ● Physical activity is an important aspect to keep one fit throughout the winter. Daily routine of yoga or any form of physical activity will help to keep the body warm and improve the body’s defence against seasonal ailments like flu and colds. ● Stay hydrated. Water helps to clean the system, remove toxins, carry nutrients to the body cells and help balance body fluid. ● A good amount of sleep helps to keep the body's immune system healthy, eliminates stress hormone cortisol and burns calories. Sleep is a non-negotiable factor for maintaining good health Maintain good hygiene. Get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure. Our body requires vitamin D - which is essential for maintaining health and boosting the immunity. REFERENCES https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/covid-19-likely-to-be-more-lethal-as-winter-approaches-experts/78406195 https://flucamp.com/why-do-we-catch-colds-winter https://www.pasadenahealthcenter.com/2018/11/30/common-winter-illneses-and-their -symptoms/ https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/qa/why-is-the-flu-more-common-in-the-winter https://www.indushealthplus.com/best-ways-to-stay-healthy-in-winter.html


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