Winter Solstice, which occurs of the December 21, is officially considered as the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In simple terms, it marks the beginning of winters. This is also the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year. With winters already hitting you hard, it’s time to prep up for winter days and nights with our complete winter care range and tips from experts to deal with common winter problems.
Common Winter Problems
Now that winters are officially here, let us have a look at the common winter illnesses and tips to beat them!
Cracked skin: Cold weather can cause severely dry skin and prone to cracking. Your fingers, hands, feet, and lips are some of the areas most prone to cracked skin. Have warm, rather than hot, showers. Water that is too hot makes skin feel more dry and itchy. The best time to apply moisturiser is after the bath while your skin is still moist.
Sore throat and cold: Changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat. One quick remedy for a sore throat is to dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part-cooled boiled water and gargle. Steam inhalation helps to ease irritation and swelling in the nasal passages and relieves blocked nose.
Painful joints: Cold weather may reduce blood flow to the fingers and toes. Muscle spasms can also become more frequent, which worsens the pain and stiffness in the joints. Experiencing stiff joints every other morning? Give your bones the extra care they deserve with our all-new range. Shop NOW.
There are certain conditions that winters can worsen. These include:
Asthma: Cold air can trigger asthma and cause wheezing and shortness of breath. Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. Be extra vigilant about taking your medicines and keep inhalers close by.
Heart conditions: Your heart has to work harder to maintain body heat when it’s cold. Studies report that heart attacks are more common in winter. Heat the main rooms you use and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed.
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Psoriasis: It is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. A combination of dry air, less sunlight and colder temperatures can irritate your skin and trigger psoriasis flare ups. Moisturize your skin more frequently and use home humidifiers to avoid flare ups.
It’s just a matter of little care, and you’ll be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from winter chills.
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)