As temperatures fall in winter, our physical health faces renewed challenges of colds, sore throats, and coughs. Apart from these general infections, winter also brings other ailments such as chest congestion, dry itchy skin, sinusitis and seasonal allergies. Challenges intensify for people suffering from conditions like asthma, rheumatism and arthritis. However, useful and simple precautionary measures supported by correct knowledge about the reasons and symptoms of winter ailments can ensure a pleasant winter!
Although there is a spurt in cases of health issues during winter, not all ailments can be directly attributed to low temperature. For example, falling temperatures are not immediately responsible for cold and flu. Exposure of human body to varying temperatures renders the immune system weak as the body fails to regulate normal body temperature. During change of seasons our body needs time to adjust and adapt to the changes in weather conditions. Therefore time, or rather the lack of it, insufficient exposure to sunlight and damp conditions, and a dip in the mercury make it an ideal scenario for infections and allergies to thrive. And once caught, they tend to stay for a longer period relative to other seasons in the calender.