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‘Keep your immunity system strong during winter,’ says Dr Satish Kumar

Mysuru, December 24:- “During Winter to keep the immunity system strong one need to wash hands thoroughly, should cover mouth and nose to avoid dust and need to drink more fluids and follow healthy diet,” said Dr Satish Kumar M G, Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysuru.

“December is here and winter has arrived, along with it comes seasonal flu, colds and other ailments. It’s a myth where many people believe that cold is caught by not keeping yourself warm in winter or being exposed to chilling weather. Cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract when the virus particles are inhaled. The common cold is spread through infected person’s sneeze, speech and from loose particles from the nose while wiping. A virus can be spread by touching surfaces contaminated with respiratory secretions,” added Dr Satish Kumar

5 common health problems in winter, prevention and care

Sore throat: Painful, scratchy or dryness in the throat which later leads to pain is some of the most common symptoms of a sore throat. It is mostly caused due to infections and weather circumstances.

Asthma: It is a lung disease,in which inflammation and narrowing of the airways occur. Sneezing, coughing, chest tightening are some of its symptoms. There are two types of asthma, allergic – which is caused due to exposure to an allergy, such as dust, pollen, paint dust, smoke, non-allergic: caused by cold, flu, stress or extreme weather.

Painful joints: Orthopedicians say that in cold weather, the human body will conserve more heat, and more blood would be circulated to heart and lungs. So when this happens the arms, shoulders, knee joints blood vessels will contract leading to pain.

Flu: Flu also called as Influenza, which is a severe illness caused due to contagious respiratory viruses. The symptoms vary from mild to severe which at times can result in hospitalisation and rarely death. Usually, young children or older people whose immune systems are weak are often targeted to cases of flu.

Heart attack: Elderly people are more at risk due to drop in body temperature (hypothermia) in the colder months. The heart is affected by increased heart rate and blood pressure, where the heart needs to function harder to keep the body warm. These changes increase the risk of blood clots or thickening of the blood vessels which leads to heart attack and stroke.

Prevention and care

Regular exercise especially such as yoga and swimming is beneficial for the long run. Use of antibiotics and self -medication is to be avoided. Vaccination recommended for elderly, children and people with chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. (MR)

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