As we get further into winter, the cold weather brings its own obstacles to navigate. At Hampton Roads Urgent Care, we often see patients who have fallen and fractured a bone or are suffering from winter illnesses.
Here are some tips to avoid these obstacles, if and when they occur.
- Prepare for the outdoors
- Always wear appropriate clothing when going outside in the winter. Water and wind resistant clothing is best, especially waterproof boots and gloves. Your extremities are the first to experience the symptoms of the cold. If you believe you may have frostbite or are experiencing numbness if your fingers or toes, visit our Urgent Care.
- Sprinkle sand or another de-icing compound on any icy patches that you see around your home.
- Keep your eyes peeled for icy patches when walking around other places. Walk slowly and take short steps, especially on dark concrete where ice is difficult to spot. Be careful when stepping in and out of your car.
- When walking in snowy areas, stay on the plowed paths.
- If you have an infant, it is important to monitor their temperature as they lose body heat faster than adults.
- Avoiding winter illnesses, like the common cold, the flu, bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Drink plenty of fluids. We often forget to drink water in the colder months because we don’t feel as thirsty.
- Get enough sleep. Your immune system can struggle when you haven’t gotten enough sleep, 7-9 hours is suggested for most adults.
- With the colder weather, you have more people spending time indoors. Don’t forget to wash your hands and wipe down shared surfaces.
- If you are already sick, try to avoid sleep in cold and dry air as this can exacerbate a sore throat.
Experienced a fall? Have frostbite? Winter illnesses have you feeling rundown? Stop by Hampton Roads Urgent Care!