What’s making us sick in Toowoomba this winter
A TOOWOOMBA doctor says while it seems unfeasible to avoid a common cold this winter, it is totally possible.
It might just be a little isolating.
Keeping warm, keeping a distance from sick people and washing your hands vigorously are the top tips for avoiding the common cold.
Doctor Tripti Hazra from Toowoomba 7 Day Medical Centre has been working through Toowoomba winters for three years now.
"The dry conditions make upper respiratory tract infections, like a cold, increasingly susceptible in Toowoomba. But it is not just that, asthma worsens too here," she said.
"This is triggered by all sorts of things, even people's toasty homemade fires."
Upper respiratory tract infections are illnesses caused by an acute infection which involves the upper respiratory tract including the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx.
Dr Hazra said the worse thing people could do was go into hibernation in winter, no matter how tempting it was.
"People need to eat lots of foods with vitamin c, fresh fruit and to exercise. I know it's hard," she laughed.
Dr Hazra also reminded residents the flu shot was still available and would come into effect just in time.
People over the age of 65 years are highly encouraged to get the shot.
Dr Hazra also said while medicine relieved symptoms, the best thing to do when sick was to take the time to let your body recover from it.
BEAT THE COMMON COLD
- As warm as your bed might be and as tasty as that extra scoop of Milo is in your late night treat, a healthy diet and continuation of exercise is the best thing to do to fight off colds, viruses and infections in winter
- In the cooler months, people tend to drink less water. You might not feel like you're losing liquids but you still are
- Staying rugged up is a key to warding off sickness
- If you feel a tickle in your throat, just stay home. Don't infect everyone else in the workplace or school grounds - it is just rude
- Wash your hands. If you have to sneeze, sneeze into your clothing if you can, not the hand you're about to shake
- Get a flu shot