Seasonal allergy sufferers are still enjoying the absence of outdoor allergy triggers as the days of winter come and go. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided severe colds, sinus infection and flu symptoms up to now, the outlook is good. On the other hand, those who are sensitive to indoor allergy triggers have not experienced as much of a decrease in allergy symptoms .
Furthermore, people with chronic skin conditions such as eczema or xerosis (dry skin) often have more problems during the winter months.
Atopic dermatitis is an allergic form of eczema that may be worsened by dry skin. You can learn more about allergic and non-allergic eczema by clicking here: Eczema .
Xerosis is a condition that involves excessively dry skin and may occur in allergic or non-allergic settings. People of all ages, both genders and many ethnic groups suffer from this problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of xerosis?
The skin appears dull, rough and scaly. Sometimes t...
Finally summer, warmer weather and longer days are here. It’s nice to have cough, cold and flu seasons (winter and early spring) behind us, but one group of infectious viruses actually thrive during the summer to early fall months. Yes, the dreaded summer cold is waiting to spoil a week and a half of summer for 10-15 million Americans this year.
Summer colds tend to be more intense than common colds of winter. The symptoms can also linger for several days sometimes making you think you have hay fever, but you don’t .
What’s the difference between a Summer Cold and Common Cold?
Summer colds are often caused by a family of viruses called enteroviruses. These are small infectious particles that unlike common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus and picornavirus) have a preference for warmer weather . Runny nose, nasal congestion and postnasal drainage are complaints associated with both summer and winter colds. But enteroviruses may cause more complicated ...
There was a time when people spent most of their lives out of doors but today fewer than 10 percent of us see very much natural daylight, particularly during the winter months. Dark days, long nights and gloomy weather can result in a form of seasonal depression. Whether you call it the winter blues, winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this form of natural light deficiency is officially recognized as a medical condition affecting millions of people every year.
People living in the northern hemisphere are most prone to winter SAD and, in general, the higher the latitude the more significant the risk of developing symptoms*. These symptoms are relatively diverse in nature and may affect people in different ways. Perhaps the clearest symptom is a general feeling of depressed mood. Energy is lacking, drowsiness during the day is common yet sleep may be problematic at night. Cravings for high carb or sweet foods and drinks are higher and weight gain occurs. ...
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