Baby, elderly and chronic sufferers are the most at risk. The Ministry of Health’s guidelines to avoid seasonal maladies and to avoid unpleasant surprises for chronic illnesses.
We have the decalogue to defend us from the excessive cold. For a few days, the glacial cold is affecting, especially in the low temperatures, in addition to increasing the incidence of influenza syndromes, may worsen the symptoms of patients suffering from chronic diseases affecting respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal.
Check the temperature and humidity of the rooms and pay special attention to risk subjects such as newborn, elderly and chronic sufferers are just some of the ten golden rules.
When temperatures are lowered, the most at risk patients are patients with cardiopathy, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, musculoskeletal and osteoarthritis, and chronic respiratory diseases. At risk also sufferers affected by psychiatric disorders and taking psycho-drugs, alcohol and drugs.
10 Rules To Protect From The Great Cold
Here we have ten rules to explains how to defend itself from the big cold …
1) Before coming to the cold season it is advisable to ask your doctor if it is possible to vaccinate or not. The flu vaccine is recommended especially for people over 65 years of age, chronic illnesses and women from the sixth to the ninth months of pregnancy.
2) The temperature inside the living room must not exceed 22°C and should not be less than 18°C.
3) It is also recommended to check the ambient humidity level. Too dry air can cause airway irritation, especially if you suffer from asthma or respiratory illness. Even too damp air is harmful, as it can cause condensation and favor mold formation. Be careful to aerate the rooms, opening the window for a few minutes.
4) The proper ventilation is recommended when using combustion heating systems such as: fireplaces, boilers or gas stoves. Proper ventilation combined with proper maintenance of the equipment can avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
5) Pay special attention also when using electric stoves to avoid lightning or burns.
6) It is advisable to pay close attention to the temperature fluctuations when moving from a cold to cold environment and vice versa.
7) Hot meals and drinks protect us from excessive cold, unlike the alcohol that favors the dispersal of heat produced by the body.
8) Give more attention to risk subjects, such as self-reliant children and the elderly, covering and controlling their body temperature.
9) The best friends who can defend us from the cold are scarf, gloves, hat and a warm overcoat. Wear anti-slip shoes in case of ice.
10) It is often advised to check the condition of family members, friends or neighbors who live alone. Report to the social services the presence of homeless people or other people in difficult conditions.