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Home Remedies To Help You Survive Through Winters

Manisha Goel
Winter is a wonderland and people love to spend time with friends and family or some plan for a vacation outdoors. But catching flu, cold, joint pain, frostbite or sore throat may spoil all your plans. These are the common problems that you may encounter during winter. So, follow the below things to stay healthy during winters:

1. Cold
Wash your hands regularly as it destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people. If you get cold use disposable hand tissues to avoid re-infecting your own hands. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. You can also have chicken soup as it has good healing properties. And, a cool mist vaporiser (and not the hot ones - they can burn!) can ease discomfort. You can add menthol or peppermint to the water.

2. Sore throats
Sore throats are caused by viral infection. There are evidences that sudden change in temperature such as moving from centrally heated room to cold outdoors can affect your throat. The easy way to deal with sore throat is to gargle with warm salty water. It won't heal the infection, but it has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a soothing effect. You can do it every morning even if you feel ticklish throat.

3. Painful joints
Joint pain is another common problem that occurs often during winter. Especially those people who feel depressed and perceive the pain more acutely during winters. Everything feels worse, including medical conditions. Daily exercise or walking can boost your mental and physical state. Swimming is ideal as it's easy on the joints. You can also go for a walk in nearby area.

4. Heart attacks
The chances of suffering a heart attack are higher in winter than compared to other season. This may be because cold snaps increase blood pressure and put more strain on the heart. Stay warm in your home. Keep the main rooms you use at 21C (70F) and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed.

5. Dry skin
Dry skin and harsh wind can sap moisture from the skin, causing cracking, chapping and irritation. To prevent dry skin take precise warm shower, pat your skin leaving it a little moist and then apply a moisturiser. You can use petroleum based balm on lips and heels to prevent cracking.

6. Frostbite
Frostbite occurs when the skin and the tissue underneath it freeze. It often affects areas that are more exposed to the cold such as the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes and have less blood circulation. This problem can be dealt with passive re-warming, which requires body heat or ambient room temperature to aid the affected person. Wrapping in blankets and moving to the warmer environment can help too. Do not rub or massage the affected area as it may be harmful to the frostbitten area.

7. Cold sores
Cold sores are recognised as sign of stress or winter blues. There is no cure for cold sores but you can reduce the chances of developing the cold sores. Do things that make you feel less stressed like walk in the park, chat with friends and family, watch your favourite shows or movies.

8. Nasal congestion
Nasal congestion is a common problem during winter. Breathing moist air helps ease nasal congestion and sore throat pain. One good strategy is to indulge in a steamy shower several times a day - or just turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes, inhaling the steam.

Take care of these few things and you are ready to party hard this Christmas. Happy winters!
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