How to take care of Yourself this Winter?


Environment plays an important role in our daily health as there is a crucial link between them. As per the current status of Delhi the citizens of the capital need to be concern about their health.

Due to winter the capital is under low density and that does not allow pollutants to settle down which is giving raise to winter allergies. As per a report published by ‘Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases Report 2017’, every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs.

This shows the present scenario of health of our increasingly populated country. It should be kept in mind that while cold is a seasonal affair, but allergies tend to continue for a longer period, and the only way to prevent them is to identify the triggering factor and avoiding them. Winter Allergies can cause running or a blocked nose, itchy and red eyes, sore throat, sniffling, sneezing and wheezing, among other symptoms leaving them sick.

Another root cause of winter allergies is the presence of mites. The dust allergens that enters your lungs can be a reason of congestion. Winter Season is also the time when greater incidence of lung ailments and cardiovascular problems are found. Because of less ventilation, the dust allergens don’t get space to travel around and tend to hover above us inside our homes.        

Prof (Dr) Brig Ashok K Rajput (Retd), Senior Consultant – Pulmonology, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka said, “The reactions of these allergens can be controlled only if you understand what stimulates these triggers. One should consult a doctor if the symptoms last for more than a week. It is common for an infant to develop cold 6-8 times approximately in a year. That is how they develop immunity. But protecting them with extra layer of clothing becomes important because they are very sensitive to environment fluctuations.”

During the winter season, our resistance and immunity levels goes low, whereas in newborn babies, it is still developing. This makes them prone to the prevailing germs and infections present in the atmosphere. Teenager’s lungs are also more disposed to the effects of air pollution as well as dust allergies. This is the reason a lot of children are suffering from breathing issues or lung allergies in highly polluted cities.

He added, “Common triggers of allergies are mould, house dust mites, animal dander and perfumes. Besides, pet dander, smoke, gas fumes, dust mites, winter cold can make your nose watery and eyes itchy. Therefore, be attentive towards your newborn to note if their cold and sneezing is triggered by any of these factors. It should also be noted that while seasonal cough and cold are temporary, allergies are lifelong and can be hereditary as well.”

It is important for us to be safe in this season, but keeping our kids safe is the most important task to do for us. Keep check on your diet and hygiene so that you will be able to avoid health issues in winter.


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