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Common Winter Health Hazards (and How to Avoid Them)

Just like you’re more likely to suffer a sunburn in the summer months, weather can play a major role in your chances of getting sick or injured. With winter fast approaching, it’s important to be aware of health problems you’re more likely to experience. More importantly, you’ll want to know how to avoid or alleviate them.

Cold Weather Health Issues

The flu

Especially in high-risk groups (babies, pregnant women, and the elderly) the flu can be a dangerous, if not deadly, infection.

Staying safe: The best way to protect yourself against the flu is with an annual flu shot. You should also wash your hands often — before eating, after going to the bathroom, and before bed.

Dry skin

Does your skin feel tight, cracked, and dry the moment November 1st rolls around? It’s not your imagination, it’s the “winter itch.” As the temperature drops, so does the amount of moisture in the air, causing people to experience dry, red, and cracked skin.

Staying safe: Most cases of mild dryness can be solved using an over-the-counter moisturizer that’s free of dyes or perfumes. If your skin doesn’t look or feel any better after several uses, you may benefit from a prescribed ointment.

Arthritis pain

Arthritis is inflammation of your joints and affects more than 54 million people in the United States alone.

Staying safe: While it’s not possible to cure arthritis, there are steps you can take to alleviate some of the pain your experience. If you’re going outside, dress in warm layers and stay hydrated. When you come back inside, soothe your joints with a warm bath.

Depression

Your health is so much more than just how your physical body is doing. During the winter, many people experience seasonal depression. With the sun setting earlier in the day and people spending more time inside their homes (often alone), it’s not uncommon for people to feel sad during the winter for no obvious reason.

Staying safe: If you notice that you’re not interested in activities you once loved, don’t want to get out of bed, or just feel “off,” talk to your doctor — they may suggest you speak with a therapist. You should also make it a point to exercise indoors regularly and spend time with family and friends.

Find out more about the wellness and prevention care services offered at our Urgent Care Centers by calling (248) 230-2918 for our Bloomfield location or (734) 404-7508 for our Plymouth location.

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