How the cold weather affect our body? Discover what to look out for

By reducing the temperature in the winter, health problems associated with weather become larger. Cold weather brings many risks, especially for the elderly.

We present a few examples of what you can look out for this winter and how to defend against them.

Immune system

During the winter we spend more time indoors and are often in close contact with others, such as stores, shopping centers or restaurants. With that comes to easier spreading of diseases like flu, coughs and colds.

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How to protect yourself?

With vitamins against flu, constantly washing your hands with soap and water or use liquid disinfecting for hands. Do not cough or sneeze into the palms.

Heart

Cold weather narrows the blood vessels. It increases the risk of heart attack.

What can you do?

Well put on warm clothes before leaving, including a hat, gloves and a warm coat. Avoid hard tasks in open that can upset the heart such as cleaning the snow.

Skin

Dry winter air can take the moisture from our skin.

How to protect yourself?

Daily protect the skin with a cream based on oil to block the evaporation of moisture. Take a shower with lukewarm, not hot water. Use creams that will keep moisture in your skin.

Body temperature

The elderly are prone to the risk of hypothermia, where the internal body temperature drops too low. Even a cold can cause this condition.

What to do?

Always be well dressed and be aware of signs that warn that the body does not take very well a cold, as stiffness in the neck, arms or legs. Call an ambulance if you suspect that you (or someone else) have hypothermia.