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...
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. ...
Here in Northern California the rainy season is finally over. This means that for the next few months we are unlikely to see any rain, and very few cloudy days. For someone who has lived most of her life in New England, this is a gift. In New England, winter of course means many months of dreary, cloudy days, but summer is not much better in terms of the amount of sunshine. Summer there means more heat, not necessarily more sun. Not only do we see more of the sun here in California, but it's unbelievably strong compared to the Northeast, even during the winter. I've always been a sun worshiper. I'm not interested in getting a tan; I just love being in the sun. It always amazed me that other people weren't dying to be outside every single second of a sunny day. Granted, I'm a little more blasé about it out here since I know that each sunny day is likely to be followed by another one, but I did panic this morning when the fog rolled in and obscured the sun for a couple of hours...
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