The air is cold, dry and dusty. Lips begin to get dry and crack. skins get dry and almost scaly. The back of the nose hurt and breathing becomes a bit difficult. Soles of feet sometimes crack and palms begin to peel! You know what time it is? Yeah! Harmattime! Oh ok? Harmattan! it is one period in the course of the year when asthmatics are likely to have resurgence in the frequency of attacks. This is especially the case because harmattan comes with cold and dust, two known triggers of attack in most asthmatics.
The season of Harmattan, originates from the dry and dusty harmattan trade winds which blows from the Sahara desert over West Africa. It usually comes between the end of November and the middle of March and is characterized by the fore-mentioned effects. The severity of harmattan depends on where you are in Nigeria. The weather is milder in the southeast and particularly colder and dustier in cities like Plateau, Kano, Taraba, Adamawa, and Bauchi. Apart from the cold and dust, the harmattan season is characterized by thick haze.
It is therefore Important for you to take care against this extreme weather. Here are a few tips on how to take care of yourself during harmattan.
Drink Lots of Water
Thirst and dehydration are common during the harmattan season because of the dryness and dustiness of the air. It is important therefore to increase water intake to stay hydrated. You could make sure you are always with a bottle of water just because the season comes with a lot of throat issues ranging from cough to sore throat. Taking honey and lemon mixed in warm water will help keep the throat moisturized during the harmattan season. And if there’s irritation it can help soothe it. Naturally, honey is a reliever for cold and cough.
Eat a lot of Vegetables and Fruits
Fruits and vegetables help the body to fight against infections. It contains vitamins and minerals that can immunize your body flu, cough, and the common cold and you know what? Fruits and vegetables also keep you hydrated during harmattan season
Avoid Excessive or Unnecessary Exposure
Dress for the season. Wear thick clothes. You can still look fashionable in thick clothes and when you are indoors, wear thick socks. Excessive exposure to the harmttan cold and dryness that comes with this weather can increase the risk of illnesses like pneumonia, arthritis, and rheumatism. This season also causes catarrh, sore throat, sneezing and the possibility of a cough, so it is best to curtail exposure to the dry winds and dust. If you are suffering from asthma, it is important that your inhaler is with you all of the time.
Avoid excessive dryness of the skin and hair during the harmattan season. Bathe with moisture retaining soaps and thereafter regularly apply moisturizing creams, oils or lotions. Hand creams should also be used intermittently during the day and at bedtime. Protect your lips with lip balms, gloss or chap sticks to avoid lip cracks, peeling and dryness. Also moisturize your lips at night time for a complete save from cracks. Always have a lip balm and moisturiser in your bag, pocket or somewhere easily accessible.
Clean your Environment
Your home and its surroundings should be made as clean and as dust-free as possible. Doors and windows should always be shut to avoid letting in dust and harmful bugs. Inflammable objects like petrol, gas, wood and alcohol should also be put away and preventive measures taken to avoid fire outbreaks as this season makes it easy for intense fire accidents. Also, avoid burning refuse and bushes this period. The fire could become uncontrollable and result in the loss of lives and valuable properties.
When you need medications to keep your body healthy during this harmattan season do not hesitate to place an order for it or them on pharm.com.ng and it will be delivered promptly to your doorstep or wherever you want it delivered.
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