WINTER DISEASES: A GUIDE TO PROTECTING YOURSELF

A GUIDE TO PROTECTING YOURSELF

Sachin Kumar

3 months ago|4 min read

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The season of colds and flu has arrived with the arrival of winter. Children and adults alike may have a difficult time keeping healthy throughout the winter months. It could be easier to take care of your ill kid if you know how to recognize common winter ailments. This knowledge may help you determine whether or not it is necessary to seek medical attention. Symptoms alone may not be enough to tell you which illness your child has. With so many people sharing so many characteristics, it's essential to be able to tell the difference between them.

You may be suffering from one of the following five common winter ailments if you are feeling exhausted, congested, or nauseous.

Seasonal Illnesses in the Winter:

Keeping your health in check over the holidays, particularly if you're at risk, is really essential. Here are some of the most prevalent symptoms and how to tell them apart that individuals encounter at this time of year:

  • The Common Cold

  • Flu

  • Respiratory syncytial virus/Bronchiolitis

  • Throat Strep

  • Norovirus

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  • The common cold:

Nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, headache, and, in rare cases, a low-grade fever are all symptoms of a cold, which is caused by a virus. In the winter, colds are the most prevalent cause of illness, although they may occur at any time of year.

  • Acute respiratory illness (Flu):

When the flu initially appears, it may be mistaken for a common cold, but it usually expresses itself quickly with a high temperature and other symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, headache, and aches and pains throughout the body. The fever might last for up to five days. You and your family's greatest defense against flu is to make sure everyone gets vaccinated each year.

  • Respiratory syncytial virus/Bronchiolitis: 

Many individuals are afflicted with bronchiolitis, a viral respiratory infection. Coughing, wheezing, and a runny nose are all signs of a cold. While bronchiolitis may be caused by several viruses, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis. Wheezing, difficulty breathing, and dehydration are all hallmarks of this more dangerous ailment, which might first seem to be nothing more than a typical cold.

  • Streptococcus aureus Throat (Strep throat):

Strep infections are more common in school-age children. Strep throat may cause a sore throat, a headache, and a stomach ache. Some folks will become sick and vomit. Treatment for strep throat is simple and does not need a fever or other symptoms.

  • Norovirus

One of the most infectious stomach viruses known as the "winter vomiting bug" is the norovirus. A winter attack is more prevalent, although it may happen at any time of year. The illness is unpleasant, but it usually goes away on its own in a few days. Drink a lot of water if you're unwell with vomiting and diarrhea to prevent dehydration.

Winter Illnesses: How to Prevent and Treat Them:

Keep nasal suction, saline drops, humidifiers, pain medicines, and vapor rubs in your car at all times. Keep germs at bay by sanitizing regularly handled objects such as doorknobs, toys, and other items.

Fever:

As directed by your doctor, provide acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin).

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Nausea and vomiting:

Administer little doses of electrolytes like Pedialyte to your child to keep them hydrated. Keep an eye on your child's urination frequency to discover whether they're dehydrated.

Coughing and sneezing:

To help your kid sleep better at night, vaporizers may help clear out the congestion in their lungs and noses. Vapor rubs and saline drops may also be used to alleviate symptoms.

Inflammation of the throat:

A little amount of honey may be beneficial to children over the age of one year. For older children, gargling warm salty water works well.

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Winter Illnesses: How to Prevent Them:

When it comes to warding off the regular winter illnesses, the first line of defense is always hand washing. While on the move, having sanitizing gel, tissues, and wipes on hand is a must-have in your vehicle or diaper bag. Coughing and sneezing should be encouraged from an early age in order to build healthy habits. Toys should be sanitized with soapy water or a sanitizing spray once a week. You and your family will benefit much from this winter health strategy.

No of the season, it is essential to maintain a high standard of hygiene During the winter, your body's immune system is normally strong enough to fight off illness.

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