Doctors have confirmed that respiratory diseases and colds top the list of winter diseases, which requires taking measures to prevent their symptoms and complications, including taking the necessary vaccinations, proper nutrition, and avoiding the practices that cause them.
Occupational health specialist, Dr. Mansour Anwar, said that respiratory diseases are the most common during the winter, and their symptoms include colds, chest and throat infections, ear diseases, and chest allergies.
He added that it occurs largely as a result of weather variability and events that result from the nature of the climate.
He stressed the need to take the influenza vaccination to reduce the complications of infection, and to be careful not to move directly from a warm place to a cold place, and to stay away from contact with sick people, noting that “if practicing camping and traveling hobbies, it is important to maintain personal hygiene and use special tools.”
The chest diseases consultant at the Emirates Medical Association, Dr. Bassam Mahboub, called on community members to follow a preventive system against winter diseases, most of which are concentrated in colds and colds, and some types of allergies, stressing the necessity of washing hands constantly, and making sure to sterilize them at intervals to get rid of Any germs, microbes, or viruses that may be attached to them, whether by shaking hands or touching different surfaces.
He pointed out that going from a cold place to a hot place is one of the causes of winter diseases, advising the necessity of moving from one environment to another gradually.
He stressed the need for patients who suffer from various types of allergies to adhere to taking their medications during this period and not stop taking them, and to stay away from grill fires during family gatherings in parks and public places.
Family medicine consultant, Dr. Adel Sajwani, said that each season has special diseases, and one of the most prominent diseases of the winter season is fever and high temperature, which occur as a result of respiratory system infections, caused by influenza viruses and others.
He pointed out that the groups most vulnerable to complications from these diseases are the elderly, children, pregnant women, those with chronic diseases, and health sector workers, advising these groups to take preventive vaccinations, wash hands, continuous sterilization, and wear masks in crowded places.
He continued: “Among the diseases that spread in the winter are eye itching, as a result of dry weather, skin eczema due to allergies, and urinary tract infections as a result of a lack of drinking water during the winter due to a lack of feeling of thirst, in addition to the possibility of developing kidney stones.” He advised drinking enough water. To prevent these diseases, he continued, “The most prominent symptoms that appear during the winter are fever, cough, headache, and cold.”
The Ministry of Health and Community Protection has identified four steps that must be adhered to to prevent seasonal influenza, which are to avoid mixing with infected people and those who show symptoms of influenza, covering the nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing, and continuing to wash hands regularly for a period of no less than 20 seconds, to get rid of… Any infection may stick to them from anywhere, in addition to avoiding touching the eyes or mouth to prevent transmission of infection.
She confirmed that the seasonal influenza vaccine protects against worsening health conditions for those infected with the virus and reduces the need for hospitalization by between 85 and 90%.
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