Istanbul – Muhammad Sheikh Yusuf:
Autumn is considered a season for cold and flu diseases, as a number of seasonal epidemics spread in its atmosphere.
We can anticipate this period and prepare for it by protecting ourselves, using warm cotton clothes, and following a healthy, seasonal diet.
Dr. Mukhtar Fatih Bey Deli, a specialist in pediatrics at Medical Park Hospital in the Turkish state of Izmir, offers a set of advice during this transitional period.
B Daily said, “The entry of the mild and sometimes cold autumn season. We often rejoice in its cold breezes after successive heat waves in the summer. We neglect ourselves a bit to be surprised that we or the children have colds, colds, or a simple and severe flu at one time.”
He added, “As a result, some are concerned about infection with the Corona virus and other seasonal viral diseases whose symptoms are similar to those of colds and influenza.”
Here are the 10 tips provided by Dr. P. Daily:
1- Adapt to the weather in the cold and sometimes rainy autumn, in which the day becomes shorter and the night is longer, so you must focus on yourself and get enough sleep, and wear clothes appropriate for the weather.
2- Follow a healthy seasonal diet, where a healthy diet plays an important role in strengthening the body’s immunity against viral diseases, including eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins “A, C, and E” and zinc.
Among the seasonal vegetables that are useful for immunity, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, cabbage rich in vitamin “C”, folic acid and white radish are useful for coughing, sore throat, blood pressure and other diseases.
3- Drink plenty of water and hot drinks, especially herbal ones such as ginger, to keep the body hydrated and relieve symptoms of various allergies, and tea and coffee should be reduced, specifically on an empty stomach.
4- Doing exercise, because during the autumn season, many people prefer to stay in warm places, so you must go out to nature and take advantage of the sun’s rays that help the body secrete vitamin D, and exercise such as walking for at least thirty minutes a day.
5- Organizing shower times for your children. It should not be in the morning before going to school or at night if the weather is cold, with no exposure to very cold air currents, especially after showering and after exercising, taking care to dry the head and body well.
6- Paying attention to personal hygiene well, so that we must get used to ourselves and teach our children to wash hands after each handshake and to be careful not to touch the face, eyes and nose, and wash the eyes with water upon returning from the outside or clean them with warm compresses.
7- Staying away from crowded and narrow closed places, making sure to wear a mask, and using disinfectant wipes in crowded, unclean places that make a person more exposed to germs and microbes that cause infection, and maintaining social distance, while immunizing by taking the annual influenza vaccine.
8- Staying at home If you are sick or have a cold and seasonal flu, your presence in close proximity to others exposes them to the risk of infection, especially people with chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and HIV.
9- Avoid seasonal allergies, as house dust mites are among the types of allergies that are present throughout the year, but there are seasonal trends for them, the most important of which is the fall and winter season, which can increase 2-3 times in late autumn compared to summer.
10- Gargling with warm water containing salt every few hours, helps relieve sore throats and provide some relief. A gargle made of tea or honey added in warm water can also be used to soothe your throat.
And the Turkish doctor said: “In the end, it must be mentioned that the possibility of young children and infants catching a cold and the flu may reach eight times in the first year of their life, so there is no need to be seriously concerned about the health of the infant every time the disease strikes.”
He concluded, “It is sufficient to pay attention to the doctor’s instructions and advice and take them to check on his health and to ensure that he does not suffer from any other complications that may affect him.”