By Dr Rakesh
Published on 15/12/2022
The Christmas season is notoriously a time to drink, eat, and be merry. Putting on the Christmas party hat, people take off the occupational health hat. So we thought we'd share some healthy Christmas advice to help you enjoy the Christmas celebration to the fullest.
Christmas, Winter, and Your Health!
Yes, it should be a time of celebration, with keeping health a priority, but the cold weather and shorter sunny days might sap your enthusiasm to exercise and stay healthy and active. This could result in a weakened immune system, raising the risk of developing health problems.
So, what precautions can one make to ensure a healthy Christmas this year? Let's first understand the winter disease that can be a hurdle to our Christmas celebrations!
Winter diseases that can spoil your Christmas!
Here is a list of winter diseases which might spoil your Christmas:
The common cold is usually considered to be a part of the colder months because it is highly common during that period. Although common colds can be irritating, one can continue with their normal activities, and the cold will go away in two to four days. If it persists for an extended period of time, medical attention is required.
Pneumonia is a possibly deadly disease in which viral and bacterial infections (often Streptococcus or pneumococcus bacteria) spread and block the alveoli or tiny sacs of the lungs. As a result, persons suffering from pneumonia experience shortness of breath. Coughing, sneezing, or touching infected objects and then touching the mouth or nose can spread the germs that cause pneumonia.
Acute Ear Infection
Acute ear infection is a common winter illness caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae, which cause inflammation and fluid build-up in the middle ear. Other causes of acute ear infection include a cold, smoking, a sinus infection, and changes in weather.
Norovirus (Winter Vomiting disease)
Winter Vomiting disease is a contagious illness that can strike people of all ages at any time of year. It is, however, more common in the winter. Because the virus causes diarrhea and vomiting, it is known as the winter vomiting bug.
Strep Throat is a severe infection which is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria that affects the throat and tonsils. It is a common cold-related sickness that affects children aged five to fifteen years. Winter care for children is critical to preventing this infection.
Bronchitis is common among children and toddlers under the age of 2. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes bronchitis, a respiratory infection. Breathing difficulties are common symptoms caused by the inflammation of airway passages in the lungs when they get congested. Patients with bronchitis develop a low-grade fever, nasal obstruction, wheezing, and coughing.
Winter Skin Ailments
Along with respiratory problems, winter comes with plenty of skin problems, including itching, eczema flare-ups, and psoriasis arc. This season's most basic skincare requirement is to keep the skin hydrated. The most frequent winter skin problems include itchy, dry skin, dehydrated skin, UV damage, and chapped lips. Many people are unaware that they must continue to wear sunscreen before going outside.
How to Be Safe from an Illness During Winter?
During the winter, it is critical to take a comprehensive approach to general physical and mental health. Healthy habits and safe practices will help you reduce the risks of being sick, allowing you to have a healthy and happy winter, plus Christmas celebrations.
Tips for a healthy Christmas
Make your health and safety a top priority this Christmas season. Follow the Christmas health tips to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.
- Wash your hands frequently to help avoid the spread of germs. The flu season has arrived. For at least 20 seconds, wash your hands with soap and clean running water.
- Stay dry and warm. Wear outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the weather, such as light, warm layers, gloves, caps, scarves, and waterproof boots.
- Manage stress, take a break if you're facing any stressful situation in your life. Seeking support, connecting socially with family and friends and getting plenty of sleep are some of the greatest strategies to manage stress.
- Don't drink and drive or allow others to do. Drunk driving can put others at risk, the co-passenger or people on the road. Be firm not to drink and drive and encourage others to do the same.
- Smoking and secondhand smoke should be avoided. Cigarette usage poses increased health concerns for smokers, but nonsmokers are also in danger when exposed to tobacco smoke, (passive smoking). Also, limit your alcohol intake in this holiday season.
- Get your examinations and screenings done. Ask the doctor what exams you need and when you should get them. Personal and family histories should be updated.
- Eat well and stay active. Consume vegetables and fruits, which are high in nutrients and help lower the risk of certain diseases. Limit your intake of fat, salt, and sugar.
- Increase the intake of vitamin C: Vitamin C helps the body fight the symptoms of colds, flu, and other common winter illnesses. Consider including the best winter foods in the diet to avoid getting the flu.
- Drink plenty of water. This will not only lessen your appetite but will also most likely help you consume less alcohol.
- Have some almonds. They are a healthier alternative to a box of high-quality street chocolates and help control blood sugar levels. By controlling your blood sugar, you will experience less hunger sensations, and your sleep and mood should improve.