7 ways to fight winter illnesses
Doctors reveal traditional and modern cures for the season’s sicknesses
Winter in Dubai is great – there’s no more scorching sun and excess sweating, no more humidity and blazing breezes. \nBut nothing good ever exists without a downside. Problems like the common flu, joint pains, and asthma start to spread and worsen. Fortunately, we had a chat with internal medicine specialist and a paediatrician, Dr. Mohamed Shafeeq, and Dr. Mohammed Zaheeruddin, from Medeor 24x7 Hospital, Dubai, to gain some preventive measures and cures. Almond oil for itchy Skin: And you thought you were the only one. Apparently, dry, scaly, and itchy skin is the result of cold temperatures and low humidity. The best way to combat it, according to Dr. Shafeeq, is constant moisturising, best through natural oils like almond and olive oils. Plenty of fluids and sleep for headaches and coughing: Symptoms like coughing, headaches, and a runny nose often come hand in hand with winter. But it’s not due to the cold weather. Usually, it’s because of poor ventilation. “Leave windows open to let in the cool breeze for an hour or so daily. Speak to your doctor who will prescribe the best medication for you to manage the symptoms. In order to prevent symptoms from flaring up, drink plenty of fluids and get ample rest,” said Dr. Shafeeq. Exercise cures painful joints – as ironic as it sounds: Dr. Shafeeq revealed that most of his arthritis patients complain of worsened joint pain and stiffness during the cold months. He insisted that maintaining exercise regimes during those months can actually help provide some comfort from the symptoms. Good old salty gargles for sore throats: They’re often called “grandmother’s cure,” but salty gargles actually cure sore throats, and we got a doctor to confirm it! “To combat a sore throat, gargle with warm salty water which will help soothe your throat,” recommended Dr. Shafeeq. Antibiotics for ear infections: According to Dr. Zaheeruddin, changes in weather increase ear infections in both children and adults. While they don’t sound all that significant, ear infections can actually cause pain and nausea. To cure them in the fastest manner possible, Dr. Zaheeruddin recommended a course of antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Hydration for stomach infections: Most of us take hydration for granted, but Dr. Zaheeruddin stressed that it’s important to prevent and cure stomach virusus like Norovirus. The virus is strongest during winter and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. “It’s important to get plenty of oral rehydration fluids. If the symptoms persist and are accompanied by a fever, make sure to seek medical advice,” he said. A clean environment to prevent bronchiolitis: Whoever thought that cleanliness was more vital during winter than during summer? Dr. Zaheeruddin proved that it is. He explained that infection like bronchitis are more rampant during winter months. The virus results in the swelling of air passages in lungs as well as mucus build up. To prevent it, make sure to constantly wipe counter tops, door knobs, remote controls, and other items with disinfectant, as these are frequently touched around the house.