Most common winter illnesses
During the winter, it is more common for us to contract certain types of illnesses or diseases, mostly related to the respiratory system.
Here we inform you about the most frequent in this time that we are about to start.
1.- Cold or flu
This is one of the most classic winter illnesses. But, you can prevent it in a very simple way: washing your hands more often, always using enough soap. In this way, you will get rid of those germs you picked up from contact with infected surfaces. Did this tip come too late? So, try to use tissues or antibacterial gel; they will prevent you from constantly “reinfecting” your own hands.
This is usually caused by viral infections or, recent studies have suggested, by abrupt changes in temperature. To alleviate this affliction, gargling with salt water may help. They won’t cure the infection, but their anti-inflammatory properties will give you great relief.
Cold air is a major promoter of asthma symptoms. For this reason, asthmatics should take special precautions during the winter, such as bundling up warmly, covering their nose and mouth when going outside and always keeping their inhaler handy – you never know when you might need it.
This virus causes vomiting. Once in the body, it causes a very unpleasant discomfort, but fortunately it ends in a couple of days. In the meantime, and to prevent other unpleasant symptoms, it is essential that you drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
While there is no scientific evidence to support that cold accentuates joint pain, there are many people who report joint pain. One possible explanation is that the winter months tend to invite depression and, as a consequence, sharpen the perception of pain. As a result, everything feels worse. To combat this problem, it is highly recommended to exercise regularly -particularly swimming-. This will improve your physical condition and strengthen your emotional well-being.
The appearance of a cold sore is first and foremost a call for help from a stressed organism. So, to avoid them, you’ll need to make time for yourself every day; do activities that help you relax. Take a hot bath, go for a walk, watch a good movie, you decide what you want to do, as long as you forget about stress for a while.
Heart attacks are more common in winter because the cold raises blood pressure and forces the heart. In addition, this vital organ must work much harder to maintain body heat. Given this reality, you must take care of your heart by keeping your temperature elevated. So always wear a coat and, when you go to bed, use an electric blanket or a gel pack to keep your body at a good temperature.