the weather turning cooler, many people with respiratory disorders
notice that they have problems with cold air. If you have asthma, COPD
or other respiratory illnesses, you may want to wear a scarf and check
with your doctor about adjusting your medications. Some people also
suffer from cold air induced runny nose. This is often referred to as
“skier’s nose”. If this is a significant problem for you, talk to your
doctor about treatment options.
those holiday decorations come down, so the itching, sneezing and
wheezing do too. This is often related to dust and the proteins that are
harbored in dust such as animal proteins, dust mites, and molds. Be
sure to let decorations air out well. Clean them off thoroughly with a
course, we are now well in to cold and flu season. Follow the CDC
guidelines for protecting yourself from infectious diseases. Follow
strict hand washing protocols, avoid crowds as much as possible and stay
away from folks who are ill.
Fido and Fluffy will spend more time indoors with the cold weather.
This can cause a problem for those who are allergic or otherwise
sensitive to animals. Contrary to popular belief, there is no breed of
dog or cat that is truly “hypoallergenic” (except for some breeds that
are genetically modified). For more information on indoor allergen
avoidance for animals, dust and other indoor allergens, see
the temperature drops, sometimes, plants need to be moved indoors.
Though most ornamental plants are not important allergens, their soil
can often harbor mold spores. Also be aware that some ornamental plants
are poisonous and one should proceed with caution if you have small
children or pets.
are a tough time to eat healthy but by the time January rolls around,
you may be regretting all of those pastries, and other goodies. Plan
plenty of healthy, low calorie meals and snacks so that all of those
available goodies are less tempting. Be sure to stick to your exercise
spirits may be flowing freely but be sure to remember, that moderation
is the key. No more than one to two drinks per day with two to four
alcohol free days per week are desirable. If you take medications or
have other special health concerns, you may need to completely abstain
all of the activities going on, there are many distracted or impaired
drivers on the roads. Don’t be one of them. Watch out for the typical
things that impair drivers such as alcohol, medications and other
substances. Make sure you are well rested and take plenty of breaks.
Stay away from the cell phone when driving and obey the rules of the
roads. And while you are doing all of that, be sure to watch out for the
other guy who may be less responsible.
easy to get caught up in the hustle-bustle of the holidays. But don’t
lose sight of what the holidays are really about. Renewal, family, love,
gratitude, forgiveness—not money, things, shopping, competition; take a
few moments from time to time to remind yourself of what’s important
and think about “downsizing” a little.
and depression can be a real problem during the holidays. Plan ahead
and make arrangements with friends and family members for pleasant
social outings. If you are far from those you love, join a local group
or do the best thing—reach out to someone who is less fortunate than
you. Volunteering has been shown to offer tangible health benefits and
can often lift the feelings of sadness. If you are having more serious
problems with depression, be sure to talk to your doctor or other
professional about getting the help you need.