Some health problems like asthma, sore throat and cold sores get aggravated by cold weather. Let us see how to deal with some of the cold-weather ailments.
You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and doorhandles.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, he releases droplets of mucus into the air, or into his hand if he uses hand to cover the mouth. If you get these droplets on your hand (for example, by shaking hands or touching contaminated objects such as doorknobs), you can pass them into your eyes or nose.
Most of us touch our eyes and nose more often than we realise. A duct links the eyes and the nasal cavity, and the virus travels easily from the eye to the nose and throat, where it can cause infection. You can help avoid being infected by washing your hands thoroughly.
It is also important to keep the house and any household items such as cups, glasses and towels clean, especially if someone in your house is ill.
If you get cold, use disposable tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs to avoid constantly re-infecting your own hands.
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