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FLU CHANCES RISE AS TEMPERATURE DROPS

by The Welthi Bureau | 20th Dec, 2018

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As the temperatures drop during winter, there is a simultaneous rise in the incidence of coughs, colds, and fever. It is a fact that people are more vulnerable to these three health issues the moment it turns cold.

 

Dr. Bala Kiran, ENT Specialist, advises, “Prevention is better than cure, and there are precautions that one can take in order to avoid falling prey to winter maladies. Elderly people and expectant mothers, in particular, need to be extra careful. People who already have allergies will also find their symptoms aggravated.”

 

The thing to remember is that sudden drops in temperature trigger off viral fever which spreads very quickly. “Avoid crowded places,” advises Dr. Bala Kiran, “in order to avoid catching viral fever from someone. Ensure that children wear sweaters during the cold weather, and that infants and elderly people are well covered when going outside.”

 

Morning walkers are cautioned against venturing out before sunrise because the early morning chilly air can cause problems with the ears, nose, and throat.

“Wait for the fog to clear in the morning before going out,” says Dr. Bala Kiran, “and don’t go out after 6 pm if you want to protect yourself against cold weather illnesses.”

 

Dr. Bala Kiran also advises against too many head baths, and recommends avoiding cold liquids, juices and ice creams. “If you have been out in a dusty, smoky atmosphere,” Says Dr.Bala Kiran, “take steam inhalation to clear your nasal passages, and use a heater in the house to warm the air so that you don’t suffer with a blocked nose due to the cold air.”

 

“Above all, don’t self-medicate,” says Dr. Bala Kiran, “and consult your doctor if you have a long standing cold, or in the case of ear pain in very young children; cough with wheezing, throat pain, excessive fever, nasal blockage or headaches.”

For Appointment: Dr. Kanumuri Bala Kiran, ENT Specialist, Kakinada.


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