With foggy mornings and chilly evenings at your doorstep, it is almost time to lock your doors, close your windows and turn your heaters on. It is that time of the year when you can read your favorite books and enjoy that freshly made hot cup of ginger tea or brewed coffee.
However, along with numerous joys, the season also brings diseases with it. If you think that the common cold is the only “common” disease in winters, then you are highly mistaken.
Let's find out the most common diseases in winter and how to prevent them:
Most of us are unaware of the fact that winters is one of the prime seasons for heart attacks. As the temperature falls, the arteries become constricted making it difficult for the heart to pump the blood. Experts suggest, people over the age of 30 should avoid exhausting themselves in winter season. Instead of going for a walk in chilly mornings, shift it to a time when it is slightly sunny. Also, do not overeat food during winters and preferably eat in small quantities.
If you are an asthmatic, you would probably know that asthma attacks mostly happen during winters. The cold and dry air leads to tightening of airways and makes it even worse while breathing. Making some changes can surely be helpful. Keep your homes smoke free as smoke can travel even through closed doors. Wash all your bed covers at least once a week.
One of the most common problems that people face during the winter is itchy skin. Cold temperature with low humidity result in winter itch. The best way to prevent yourself from itchy skin is to follow some of the remedies passed on by your grandmother. Avoid eating oily street food, apply almond, coconut or olive oil on your skin to avoid flakes and drink tea made with jaggery.
There is no scientific evidence to joint pains in winter season but there are many people who do suffer from the pain in winter. One of the most common remedies to get relief from joint pains is keeping yourselves and your feet warm. Also, wear two or three pairs of thin clothing instead of one pair of heavy warm clothes. Exercising is another way to get rid of all joint and muscle stiffness during winter time without overdoing it. Basking in the sun is also a great way to get rid of the joint aches.
Congestion, headaches, coughing, running nose as well as post nasal drip symptoms make people feel miserable during winters. Sinus problems occur when homes are closed and there is no proper ventilation. To stay clear of sinusitis this season, make sure you get enough rest, eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids to avoid catching a cold. Stay away from dust.
Winter is the season of snow, fun and celebration. Don't let yourself down with one of the diseases that keeps you away from experiencing the best of this season. Slight care and you can keep these diseases at bay to get most out of this season.