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How to avoid common cold weather ailments

Readers Lounge By Esther Muchene
By observing high levels of hygiene and maintaining a healthy diet full of vitamin C you can prevent flu (Photo: Shutterstock)

The chilly times and cold seasons are some of the best cuddling periods. The cold season is a great time to relax indoors and drift to sleep as you relax to the sound of rain pouring outside your window.

As we think of all the amazing specs this cuddling weather could bring, something else also comes to mind. It’s a time when many people sneeze, cough and struggle with running noses.

The cold weather comes with its own battles and one of them is cold weather illnesses.

Here are some of the things you can do to avoid these common ailments that can be such a pain.

  • Flu

This is one of the most common cold weather ailments that people get. It can drag you down especially when you have to be at work or have an important function to attend. Some of the symptoms associated with this are fevers, tiredness, joint pains and annoying headaches. Some of the ways to avoid catching flu is getting the flu shot. Also, observing high levels of hygiene and maintaining a healthy diet full of vitamin C can prevent flu.

  • Dry skin

Cold weather conditions are notorious for drying out the skin. You’ll even find out that your skin feels drier and tighter making you wonder why your usual lotions aren’t as effective anymore. When the temperatures drop, so does the humidity. This can quickly drain your skin of moisture.

Some of the measures you can take are, showering with warm water to retain more moisture or even adding coconut oil to your lotion. These steps will help your skin remain radiant throughout.

Sore throats are common during cold seasons (Photo: Shutterstock)
  • Sore throats

Many people get sore throats during cold seasons. It’s characterized by an irritating feeling and pain in the throat. Sore throats commonly come when you get the flu and cold, so boosting your immunity will keep these at bay. Also, ensure that you avoid staying close to people with common colds and avoid touching your face and eyes when your hands aren’t clean.

  • Coughs

Another common ailment during cold seasons is coughs. They are usually an indicator of a flu or cold and they are so annoying because they advertise themselves at the wrong time. The good news is that you can reduce the chances of getting a cough by, staying warm, avoiding crowded places and maintaining a healthy diet.

  • Pink eye

Pink eye also known as conjunctivitis is a highly contagious viral infection that is catalyzed by cold environments. Its most infamous symptoms are red eyes, discharge from the eyes and itchiness in the eyes. In order to avoid this ailment, ensure you wash your hands regularly, drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in vitamin C, D and A to help strengthen your immunity. When your immunity is strong, it reduces the chances of being infected.

  • Cold sores

This is another common cold weather ailment people suffer from. They come in the form of small blisters on the lips which are contagious. The viruses that trigger it usually thrive in cold conditions that dry out the lips. Ensure that you stay hydrated and keep you lips moisturized especially when it’s cold. Avoid being stressed out as well and maintain a balanced diet.

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