The winter season is eagerly awaited for its delicious food and pleasant weather, but it also comes with many health challenges. Cold climate can weaken our immune system, making us vulnerable to many health problems. Winter brings a host of respiratory complaints for many people including cough, cold, wheezing, asthma and bronchitis.
In many urban locations, winter often brings the unwanted presence of smog. The presence of smog in winter poses serious health risks, especially to people who have respiratory problems. This can cause respiratory problems and increase diseases like asthma.
Dr. Vikram Jaggi, MD, DNB, Founder and Director, Asthma Chest Allergy Centre, Delhi and Gurgaon, said, “Mold, moisture and dust mites can cause chest infections as well as cold and flu viruses. As far as exposure goes, winter comes with many asthma triggers, with cold air itself being a common trigger. In fact, it can even lead to attacks and new cases of weather-induced asthma. And if that weren’t enough, So cold and flu viruses spread widely during winter and while to most of us it may just seem like a temporary illness – for asthma patients it can result in an infection that can turn into pneumonia. “
“Children and the elderly are probably most vulnerable during this time of year. Children are more susceptible to the common cold and infections during this time of year, while in older asthma patients any severe symptoms can lead to a serious condition These two groups, especially if they are asthmatics, should pay special attention during these months. Parents should keep a close eye on their children so they can understand their triggers and report them to their doctor. . This may help them reduce unexpected triggers and control their symptoms over time and after winter. In addition, both groups should create an action plan in consultation with their doctor, based on their doctor’s recommendation. One should take inhalers accordingly, maintain proper hygiene, stay active and drink plenty of fluids as dehydration can aggravate asthma attacks,” he said. ,
Tips to take care of your health during winter:
Dr. Arunesh Kumar, senior consultant and head of pulmonology and respiratory medicine at Paras Health, Gurugram, shares some tips to take care of your health in winters:
- You should continue to wash hands and make sure they are germ-free. Never put dirty hands near your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Exercise and indoor activities are better than running as pollution and cold waves can have a negative impact on your respiratory system.
- Make sure your home is clean and free of allergens, mold, and dust.
- To maintain the health of your lungs, adopt breathing exercises.
- Get a flu and pneumonia vaccine to keep your lungs healthy and disease-free during the winter.
- Eat foods that are good for the lungs and can boost your immunity, such as apples, walnuts, broccoli, beans, berries, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, cabbage, carrots, turmeric, green leafy vegetables and ginger. Avoid processed, junk food, fried, fatty and canned foods, as these can irritate your throat and are full of additives, preservatives and artificial flavours.
Dr Piyush Goyal, who is a consultant in pulmonology at Manipal Hospital, Gurugram, also said the following:
- Stay Warm: Cold air can have an adverse effect on your respiratory system. Dress in layers, wear a scarf and cover your nose and mouth to warm the air before it enters your lungs.
- stay hydrated: Indoor heating systems can dry out the air, causing irritation to the airways. Make sure you drink enough water to keep your respiratory passages moist.
- Avoid indoor air pollution: Use an air purifier to reduce indoor air pollutants like dust, pet dander and chemicals. Avoid smoking indoors, as it can worsen air quality and irritate your respiratory system.
- Ventilate your home: Proper ventilation helps remove indoor pollutants and maintain fresh air flow, which is essential for respiratory health.
- Get vaccinated: Consider getting a flu shot to protect yourself from common winter respiratory infections.
- Practice good hygiene: Regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick individuals can prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
(Disclaimer: The information provided in the article, including treatment suggestions shared by doctors, is for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified person regarding any medical condition. healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding.)