The winter season is here bringing hot cups of coffee and blanket snuggling. In addition to that, the winter months are also home to several myths that swirl about what damages can this season do to your health and well-being. Some of the age-old myths have become such a common adage that people blindly believe in them without any factual evidence.
From Flu to Allergy, winters are full of myths, which take the joy of the season away in precautionary measures.
For a safe and enjoyable Winter season, Gigadocs busts some common myths that are associated with this season.
The Common Winter Attackers
Ever wondered why are winters such a popular season for common colds, flu, and allergies? Ahh, well here is the answer, in the cold winters as the environment gets colder our body heat usually experiences a chilling drop. The human body takes time to adjust to the new climate changes and is vulnerable to the attacks of various diseases.
As the popular saying by Aristotle goes, “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold”
The winters are a season to celebrate and, in the process, it is equally important to keep well during the holidays, to avoid ruining the family togetherness. Here are the common ailments that attack our immune system in the biting winter months-
- Common Cold
- Itchy Skin
- Joint Attacks
- Throat Infections
Co-relation of the Myths and the Winter Sickness
In the winter season, it takes a bit of time for our bodies to adjust to the temperature changes, causing the common cold and allergies. As the immune systems and the body-built type is different, the winter sickness may not affect everyone. Thus, the popular myth that winter season brings seasonal diseases is an adage without any factual proofs. Here are the common Winter myths that you should not succumb to-
If you are cold, you will catch a cold
The biggest myth is that the winter season brings a common cold. If you are cold this winter you will catch a cold is false. The biggest myth is that if you are cold you are going to get a cold, is not true. The winter viruses circulate throughout the year, both in the summer and the winter months. The winter season leads to a more sedentary lifestyle which is spent usually indoors closely packed for the viruses to attack. The winters bring dry weather drying out the mucous membranes of the nose making it a cake way for viruses to get in and attack.
You lose maximum heat from your head
Yet a common myth, without any proven facts. According to studies published in the British Medical Journal, heat loss is dependent on body exposure to cold. So, if your head is covered, but you have forgotten to wear the socks and hand mittens you will lose the heat from your hands and feet and not from your head.
Vitamin C prevents sickness
Though Vitamin C is praised as a cold remedy, studies show that it has limited effects when used for cold prevention. Vitamin C is good for the immune system as high doses of Vitamin C have proven to decrease the overall effect of Cold to moderate duration.
Put the exercise on hold in the winters
A myth false. Most people believe that running and indulging in a workout in the icy weather makes them sick. The real causes of illness involve staying indoors and in contact with the infected people. Cold weather may do the opposite activating the immune system and increasing your norepinephrine (a hormone that works as a natural decongestant) levels.
Winters do not invite an Allergy Attack
In the winters as you spend maximum time indoors, allergy attacks through pets, winter wear, blankets caring dust and pollens are not uncommon. As sun exposure is limited, Winters does invite allergies, which many of us mistake as a common cold.
Keep that sunscreen at a distance
If you are wondering that winters does not see the sun and thus you don’t need to put that sunscreen think again! Although winters call for an overcast sky, up to 80 per cent of the harmful UV rays can penetrate through them. This has the potential to damage the deeper layers of your skin, making you face the increased risk for skin cancer and premature skin ageing.
When should you consult a doctor in the Winter?
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If the winter has gone worse causing you any type of sickness, uneasiness or nausea head to the doctor to get properly diagnosed. Book a doctor online through the Gigadocs App.
- On the Gigadocs App, you can find doctors near you and visit them on your convenience.
- Gigadocs helps you to manage the entire healthcare of your family through its easy to access practice management software.
- We often miss our doctor appointments and subsequent check-ups. Ever skipped a follow-up appointment? Keep that stress at bay with the Gigadocs health management app which sends you notifications about your next doctor visit.
Feeling sick in the Winter Season? Head to a doctor near you through the Gigadocs App.
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