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How Does Winter Affect the Body

Winter is upon us and some people enjoy the winter months while others prefer the spring or summer months. Today, we will be looking at how winter affects the body and what we can do to protect ourselves from the negative affects of winter and enjoy safely and healthy.

  1. Winters are when cases of Influenza rise and is commonly referred to as the flu season. We have all experienced flu symptoms at some point in our lives and it is not the best feeling to go through that. We also risk spreading the flu to other vulnerable members of the population once we contract it. Get your flu vaccines from your local pharmacy or doctor’s office this season to protect yourselves and others.
  2. For some people, the cold air during the winter months can exacerbate a person’s Asthma. If this is the case, avoid exposure to the cold air and refrain from doing outdoor activities. Be mindful of activities or triggers that can make your asthma worse. Remaining indoors can also trigger asthma attacks in some people due to prolonged exposure of dust, mold, carpet etc. Keep your inhaler handy and consult a doctor if your symptoms increase.
  3. Outdoor activities are limited during the winter months, and this can cause people to decrease their activity levels as well as exercise which can have a negative affect on health. Remember to remain active and exercise even when indoors. Going to the gym is a perfect alternative. Remember to wash your hands frequently since diseases can spread a lot faster indoors.
  4. The cold dry air during the winter can cause your skin to become dry and can cause skin irritation, rash and eczema. Remember to use moisturizing creams and lotions to protect your skin. If symptoms are severe, consult your doctor.
  5. Prolonged exposure to low temperatures can cause hypothermia which can be very dangerous. Remember to get yourself familiar with the symptoms of hypothermia so you can recognize it and check in with elder relatives since they may have a harder time recognizing the symptoms.

Remember to enjoy the winters and stay healthy!