Avoiding Winter Season Health Hazards
In this season of frigid weather, it is important to stay healthy. The common cold is not the only thing you have to worry about contracting from the cold weather. Here are some common health hazards to look out for tips to prevent them.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is more likely to occur in the winter due to dysfunctional fireplaces, stoves and furnaces that can increase carbon monoxide exposure. It is a colorless, odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. Symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness.Check the carbon monoxide monitors in your home and make sure that they are properly functioning. If you do not have a monitor, you should get one. Make sure that all the fireplaces and heaters in your home are working efficiently. Do not run your car in a closed or open garage, or stay in snow-bound car. These precautious actions can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Winter Heart Attacks: Heart attacks happen more often in the winter season. As little as a two degree drop in temperature can cause the narrowing of the blood vessels. The older you become the more difficult it becomes to regulate your body temperature, making temperature shifts harder to handle.You can protect your heart by taking breaks during outdoor activities such as shoveling, and keep your core body temperature up by wearing the appropriate amount of layers. Hats, gloves, boots, and scarves will all help you regulate your body temperature.
- Winter Allergies: It is a common assumption that allergies get worse in the spring. However, winter allergies are just as bad. The most common winter allergens are mold, pet dander and dust mites.In order to beat those allergies you will need to boost your immune system as well as decrease your exposure to allergens. Pay attention to the root of your immune system, your digestive health, and start using probiotics in your daily routine. This with the consumption of more whole foods and less sugary foods, should help you prevent the winter allergies.
- Frostbite: Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing skin on your extremities. Painful fingers and toes from too much exposure to the cold outside can be signs of frostbite. This can be easily prevented by wearing the right winter clothing, such as socks, ear muffs and insulated gloves. If you must stay outside for an extended period of time in the cold, don’t stand still. Stay active by clapping your hands and stepping in place. This will ensure that you have a good blood flow towards your hands and feet.