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Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by cuvox(m): 6:20am On Dec 09, 2015

The harmattan season is in full swing in many parts of Nigeria. The weather can be very cold, dry and dusty. Residents should expect heavy winds and chilly weather in the morning.

The northern part of the country is worst hit by the cold weather, which starts in December and ends around the end of January. It is referred to as the ‘Nigerian winter’.

Experts also add that many people are likely to face health challenges during this period. Family Health physician, Dr.Femi Omolola, says it is the time to keep warm before going to bed to avoid being exposed to weather-related health problems.


Omolola warns that asthmatic patients and people living with sickle cell anaemia need to prepare to face such health challenges that may likely affect their joints and restrict their movement.

He says, “If you are suffering from any disease of the joint, such as arthritis, sickle cell anaemia, rheumatism or osteoporosis, you should take more care because the cold but dry weather encourages brittle bones.”

The physician also notes that the cold and dry air that blows during harmattan irritates the respiratory system and makes it difficult for asthmatic patients to breathe easily at night and in the morning.

Another physician at the Public Health Department of University of Wisconsin, United States of America, Dr. Tinsely Davis, describes unprotected exposure to cold weather as an open invitation to diseases like rheumatism, cardiac arrest, pneumonia and arthritis; and, in severe cases, death from hypothermia.

Davis notes that staying unprotected from a cold weather, such as the one we are experiencing right now, could lead to joint and muscle pains, which may result in rheumatic pain in the neck, back or legs in future.

She says, “Typical chronic rheumatic pains in joints or muscles become more intense if people are exposed to cold weather. Therefore, if you get the chills quickly, you may want to avoid, as much as possible, being exposed to such cold temperature.”

Davis adds that the respiratory system suffers greatly when the body is exposed to cold and dry weather like that of the harmattan.

According to her, the cool temperature helps the bacteria and virus that cause pneumonia, laryngitis and pharyngitis to thrive.

She states, “The risk of respiratory irritation is quite high when the weather is too cold and it becomes easy to catch these bacterial or viral infections that cause problems in the lungs, throat, nose or ear.

“It first starts with trivial illnesses like cold, catarrh and cough. Gradually, it becomes more serious to neuralgia (pain) in the head or torso, toothaches, headaches and sinus; then paralysis of the eyelids, mouth and nerves or cardiac failure.”

There are so many challenges one could face during this period. They include cracking of lips or cold, dry skin, catarrh, cough and It is important to stay safe and healthy, especially because cold temperatures bring risks. Please look after yourselves and follow these steps to cope better with cold weather.

Dressing

If you have to go outside, you must dress in warm clothes. Even if you are only making a short journey, be sure to dress in lots of layers. Layers work better than a single thick item because air is trapped in them, thereby keeping you warm. After all, you can also remove layers at your destination.

Another way to cope with extreme cold weather, in terms of dressing, is to look after your extremities and exposed areas. Hats, scarves, gloves and appropriate footwear are compulsory. Before you leave your house, ask yourself this question: If I have to hang around, say for a delay in transport, or my car gets caught in traffic, would I stay warm? If the answer is no, you are not dressed appropriately..

Moisturise your skin

The cold weather can be particularly harsh on our skin if we don’t protect it. It makes us to look dull, tired and even older.

While it might leave us feeling warmer, it can also dry out the skin. Unless our skin is properly hydrated, it can’t repair itself properly, meaning that every little irritation could become a bigger problem.

Heavy wind during cold weather can remove the UV filtering lipids from our skin and accelerate sunburn. This is why it is essential that we make up for the loss of these lipids with creams that block the suns UV rays.

Of course, if you don’t protect your skin from the cold, you run the risk of developing skin conditions in later in life. There could be more serious consequences that arise from not protecting your skin, such as cancer of the skin.

Keeping a lip balm in your pocket, car and handbag for constant applications will keep chapped, dry lips at bay.

Eat hot food

Eating hot soup is the best answer to the cold weather. It does not only warm you up, but fills your stomach. Coffee and cocoa are also good at warming you up, but they don’t do quite a good job of filling your stomach.

Eating hot food will also ensure that bacteria and virus do not thrive in your belly.

Finally, you must not forget to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.



And for those who live in areas with wells with no option to heat water, well water is usually warm from 4.30 am - 6am.... just fetch and use it to bathe after adding antiseptic.

source http://www.punchng.com/coping-with-harmattan/

cc lalasticlala, seun

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by YorubaWoman: 6:34am On Dec 09, 2015
Ilera loro smiley

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by boboLIL(m): 6:55am On Dec 09, 2015
Na robb and vaseline... Robb for body( lungs,stomach) and vaseline for my thick lips make e no rough like some naija roads

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by odiereke(m): 7:07am On Dec 09, 2015
Thanks for d information

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by veekid(m): 7:07am On Dec 09, 2015
What if e no come work?
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Teewhy2: 7:07am On Dec 09, 2015
Nice write up and timely. Family men and women should take care and be very observant during this period as your kids might be prone to cold during this period as you might not be always around to monitor them, also try to close your windows that is facing dusty Road and dust your environment regularly.

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Sijo01(f): 7:07am On Dec 09, 2015
As far I don't feel heat this period, am very much OK the way the weather is

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by PresVA: 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
There's no better solution to the dryness than my coconut oil and shea butter(AKA ori).. kiss kiss

My only problem with this weather is the dust/particles blowing into the air making our already contaminated environment worse....

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by oluafolabi(m): 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
Eat Vaseline, Drink Vaseline.

Everything Vaseline. grin grin

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Demmocrats(m): 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
Vaseline must sell!!!

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by nwachinemelu(m): 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
end time harmattan
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Lanceslot(m): 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
Nice one.
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by panch001(m): 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
masturbating tins grin grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by koxi: 7:08am On Dec 09, 2015
OK thanks
Pls it's my birthday today, abeg make una encourage me by hitting the LIKE button.
Since I no get money to celebrate na

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by ademoladeji(m): 7:09am On Dec 09, 2015
More sex should be advised

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by ellahzy(f): 7:09am On Dec 09, 2015
that's the reason I bought new lip gloss nd lip balm.


shine bright like a diamond #bodycreaming grin
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by oluafolabi(m): 7:10am On Dec 09, 2015
koxi:
OK thanks
Pls it's my birthday today, abeg make una encourage me by hitting the LIKE button.
Since I no get money to celebrate na

Like na food? undecided

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by ademoladeji(m): 7:10am On Dec 09, 2015
More sex should be advised...
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by jaygem(m): 7:11am On Dec 09, 2015
Noted
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by koxi: 7:11am On Dec 09, 2015
oluafolabi:


Like na food? undecided

Wetin u Sabi?

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Sexytemi(f): 7:11am On Dec 09, 2015
not only in Nigeria o, Benin republic own is terrible also o

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Smartresult(f): 7:12am On Dec 09, 2015
With N500b In 2016 Budget, Can Apc/pmb Pay Youth Corpers 50k Monthly
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by OnankpaBa(m): 7:12am On Dec 09, 2015
okay
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by callmelanner(m): 7:12am On Dec 09, 2015
Pls how do I book space? grin
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by BankManager(m): 7:12am On Dec 09, 2015
Too much oxygen for the nose to bear..<<<My ABJ people can testify of this>>>

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by JOOHEL: 7:13am On Dec 09, 2015
Where I stay in Lagos . There's no hamathan

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by WIZGUY69(m): 7:13am On Dec 09, 2015
Harmattan is something else in the north (Abuja).
See as people ugly with sad faces grin

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by moscobabs(m): 7:13am On Dec 09, 2015
here in republic of Biafra no harmattan cos we no exist

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by jaygem(m): 7:13am On Dec 09, 2015
Sijo01:
As far I don't feel heat this period, am very much OK the way the weather is
same here
Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by kenbee(m): 7:14am On Dec 09, 2015
But I enjoy it cause that is an unrestricted natural Air Conditioner! and a sure guarantee of bountiful agricultural produce in the year ahead.

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by Dahveydson(m): 7:14am On Dec 09, 2015
Needed.

I think the craziest illness that come with harmattan is 'Apollo' - it's almost everywhere you go.

Stay safe out there guys!

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Re: Dangers Of Harmattan And How To Cope With It by WIZGUY69(m): 7:14am On Dec 09, 2015
ademoladeji:
More sex should be advised

grin. Are you indirectly telling us that you are jobless?

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