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How To Stay Healthy During Harmattan In Nigeria



How To Stay Healthy During Harmattan In Nigeria

Harmattan is defined as “a dry, dusty easterly or north-easterly wind on the West African countries, occurring from December to February.

This period of dry, cold, and dusty weather can make you sick if you do not follow some recommended life style.

Below are some of the recommended life style We should take to cope with this season:

1. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration

2. Wash your eyes regularly to avoid red eyes which is common in during harmattan
Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or towel when it is dusty.

3. Avoid or reduce outdoor activities, especially if you have allergies

4. Stay indoors to avoid dust inhalation of harmful particles coming with the wind

5. Wear clothes that keep your body warm
Come to the clinic if you have red, itchy, and watery eyes.

6. Get medical help if you have running, itchy, sneezing, and stuffy nose

7. Keep the doors and windows closed

8. Always use moisturizers to prevent dry skin and dry palms.

9. Use lip balm to prevent cracked lips

It should also be note that this season can trigger asthma and allergies, therefore, Asthmatic patients should always keep the inhaler handy and avoid dust as much as possible.

This dry cold dusty season triggers sickle cell disease (SCD) as well, therefore, SCD patients should drink plenty of water and avoid outdoor activities as much as possible.

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication

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