Staying Healthy in the Harmattan Season
The rains are gone leaving the air as pale as ghost; the morning is gravely cold and noses are clogged with rheum and little bits of sneezing, coughing here and there. The skin cracks, the lips suffer dryness―its Harmattan.
Harmattan affects us in so many ways most especially our health. Let’s consider a few tips to help us brave the weather.
- Drink lots of water. It would keep you hydrated. Nonetheless, stay away from carbonated soft drinks. They have the tendencies of leaving you desiccated.
- Keep the skin healthy by applying oily creams and wearing weather friendly clothing.
- Use lip balms and apply Vaseline or shea butter to the soles of the feet to prevent cracking.
- Asthma patients or those with chronic respiratory conditions should pay special attention to their health and take all possible and practicable measures to reduce exposure to the dusty atmosphere and they should carry their inhalers with them at all times
- Due to the dusty atmosphere we should practice a healthy food preservation culture. Fruits and vegetables should be properly washed before eating and those of us that store our drinking water should always ensure that the containers are always adequately covered.
- To stay alive this season, all fires must not be left unattended and indiscriminate burning of refuse during this season must be avoided.
- Reduce eyes exposure to the dust by wearing protective spectacles and rinsing face with clean water when need arises.
- Ladies, remember to keep your hair moisturized and also do hairstyles that keep your natural hair ends hidden. You can also wrap up your hair to protect it from the dust.