The winter in Britain can be magical, but it comes with its fair share of health problems that often continue into Spring. In the cold, our immune systems are not at their strongest, leaving us open to a variety of potential ailments and illnesses. Rather than falling ill year on year, it’s a great idea to recognise the things which commonly get you down and do all you can to prevent them, particularly with how this year’s Spring season seems to have been hijacked by a long-lasting winter. Here, we look at five Spring health problems and how to help prevent them.
The common cold
We’re all familiar with the common cold, generally caught when our body is at its weakest, during the wintertime. Preventing a cold is a matter of keeping your immune system strong and staying clear of danger. Colds are contagious. If a friend or a family member has a cold, be aware of how it may be transferred to you and be smart. It’s also generally a good idea to keep your body well hydrated.
Cold sores are easily triggered in people who have the virus. If you’re asking the question what are cold sores, you’ve probably never had one. They appear like small blisters on the lip and can become a recurring problem. There is no definite way to stay clear, but using cold sore creams may help stop their progress.
The winter blues
Our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical well being. During the winter, we can be prone to bouts of mild depression, often referred to as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Given how 2013’s Spring so far has been mostly rain and snow, it’s still possible that you can suffer from SAD even now. The best way for most of us to combat this is to make an effort to get outside. If you’re lacking sunlight, there are SAD light boxes available to help dish out what you need.
Whether it’s triggered by the weather or a lack of exercise, many of us experience trouble with our joints. The best way to deal with this is by exercising. If you suspect that you are suffering from arthritis, however, it is essential that you seek professional medical advice from your GP.
Asthma and joint problems: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthrisks.aspx