Gynaecology & Fertility Centre
Sunday, 10 December 2023

Cold and snowy landscapes complete the typical Christmas scene.
Hypothermia usually occurs after prolonged exposure to very low temperatures, and is worsened by alcohol consumption.
Appropriate clothing helps to prevent hypothermia. Synthetic and wool fabrics are superior to cotton as they provide better insulation.
Earache and colds
Cold wind can make sensitive ears hurt, but ear pain is not the same as ear infection. An ear infection is caused by germs.
A “cold” is a contagious disease of the upper respiratory system and is due to the fact that, during the winter months, many people accumulate indoors.
The holidays are spent with friends, family and…too much food.
Follow these tips to stay healthy during the holiday season: do not skip meals, eat something high in fiber before you go for a meal, don’t deprive yourself of your favourite desert but eat a little, drink a lot of water.
During Christmas habits change. It is to be expected that you’ll have a drink or two more than usual, but do so in moderation.
Also, decide in advance who will be the designated driver and will drink no alcohol.
Large amounts of money are spent each year on Christmas gifts. Set a sensible spending limit this year. And remember: it’s the act of giving that is important.
Accidents and falls
Wet and snowy surfaces can be slippery and dangerous, particularly for young children and the elderly.
Drivers also often underestimate the weather conditions and cause accidents.
Gastrointestinal disorders and food-borne illnesses
Gastrointestinal illness (diarrhea and vomiting) is very common during winter. The cause is often associated with food, such as Salmonella from inappropriately cooked poultry, raw vegetables, etc. It can also be due to a stomach flu. To prevent the spread of the virus, wash your hands and be careful when preparing meals.
If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to get a flu shot. The holiday travel season enhances the spread of influenza. Even though it is very common and we take the flu lightly, every year thousands of people die from the seasonal flu, mainly the elderly, the very young or immunocompromised patients.
Remember that flu shots are not just to protect yourself, but also those around you.
Kissing-related disorders
A kiss under the mistletoe? What could be more innocent and sweet? A peck on the cheek poses no dangers. However, direct mouth-to-mouth contact is an easy way to spread microorganisms, such as cold and flu viruses, herpes simplex, mononucleosis, etc.
Car accidents
Practice road safety every day of the year…and be even more diligent during the holiday season. Do not drink and drive, pay attention to speed limits, traffic lights and stop signs, always wear your seat belt / helmet and ensure that children are buckled up in the backseat.

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