Common Winter Health Problems & How to Avoid Them | Prathima Hospitals

Common winter health problems and prevention

Time for the scarves and mittens to break out! This winter, keep yourself safe from common health problems. To do so, you need to know about them first. However, if you do not pay particular attention to this guidance, the weather will throw a wrench into your plans and have a detrimental impact on your overall health. 

Here we have mentioned some common winter health problems and their prevention:

Cold 

People usually stay indoors throughout winter. In this season, the days are also shorter, meaning that we do not get enough sunlight that is responsible for producing vitamin D. This undermines our body defense mechanism, leaving us to be vulnerable to get the virus and be influenced by the flu. Also, during the cold, the influenza virus has been found to survive better. So, eat immune-boosting foods such as blueberries, broccoli, ginger, spinach, etc., to prevent these kinds of diseases. 

Soreness of throat 

Usually, you do not need to consult a doctor for a sore throat. However, managing your symptoms is vital. A sore throat may signal the emergence of a more severe winter health problem. If the symptoms do not change, speak to your doctor. 

Asthma

The number of allergens rises in the air during winter. This is why the cold serves as an asthma cause. Dry and windy air also contributes to pollen, which makes the asthma disease more intense. Moreover, due to dry and cold air, your airways can feel irritated. This can contribute to respiratory muscle spasms and the onset of symptoms of asthma. 

Learn more: How to Control Asthma During Winter

Dry skin  

Winter, cold weather and low humidity will dehydrate your skin and leave it looking dull. To keep the skin supple and to flush out toxins, remember to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day.

Painful joints

 Orthopaedic doctors suggest that the human body will hold more heat in cold weather, and more blood will flow to the heart and lungs. So when that happens, the blood vessels of the arms, shoulders, knee joints will contract, leading to pain. 

Gain in Weight 

It might still be a battle to exercise every day, and adding another barrier in the form of cold and unruly weather can extinguish your motivation. During reduced exercise, the numbers on the scale may begin to creep up and are not helped by the rich holiday foods and gatherings that require big meals.

Conclusion

Make a deliberate effort to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, such as an indoor exercise class to outsmart the elements, at least three days a week to best fight weight gain. Thorough hand washing, mouth and nose covering to stop dust, drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can keep the immune system strong and prevent infection. Daily exercise is beneficial for long-term health, particularly yoga and swimming. Stop the use of self-medication and antibiotics. Winters can be a difficult time, but if you take proper precision, then it can be the most blissful time of year.

People having winter sensitive allergies may be at higher risk. Mostly asthmatic patients are at higher risk than any other allergic patients. It’s crucial to adopt the necessary steps to prevent such risk factors in the winter season if found any unmanageable symptoms; it always recommended to consult a good pulmonologist for the timely treatment.

We, Prathima Hospitals, is recognized as one of the best pulmonology hospitals in Hyderabad. Our team care for the patients and doctors provides the necessary treatment and support to fight the health issues.

 

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