Tips to Maintain Good Health This Winter
Nov 12, 2012 01:43PM ● Published by tina
Stay a step ahead of the cold and flu season
There’s a lot to like about winter, with its cooler days and cozy evenings. Enjoy the season and stay healthy by following these tips from Paul Kim, MD, a family physician on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.
Stay a Step Ahead of the Cold and Flu
While it may seem as if illness is more prevalent in the winter, catching a cold can’t be attributed to cold weather. What can contribute to winter cold and flu is proximity—people tend to spend more time indoors, close together. But the flu can thrive in dry and cold environments, so arid winter air allows the virus to linger in the air.
To keep yourself and those around you healthy, Dr. Kim offers these tips:
· Wash your hands frequently and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
· Get a flu shot.
· Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
· Avoid people who are coughing or appear sick.
· If you’re sick, stay away from other people for at least 24 hours after recovering.
· Take antibiotics only if your doctor recommends them, and be sure to finish the prescription.
Dr. Kim recommends flu shots for just about everyone. “In the spring and summer, the World Health Organization monitors a global influenza surveillance network, sampling the strains of flu that are going around, he says. The flu shot for that winter is based on the three most likely strains.
Flu shots are especially important for seniors, who are more prone to complications from the flu, and for people who work with young children. Young children don’t get as much benefit from the shot, so immunity in others increases their protection.
Control Your Allergies
Allergies can strike even in winter. They often start with a runny nose, postnasal drip and a sore throat. Left untreated, they can increase the likelihood that you’ll get another infection such as a cold, bronchitis or pneumonia.
Check your Smoke Detector Monthly
During the winter, you’re more likely to use the fireplace, burn candles and cook with the stove top and oven. Make sure your fire warning system is up to speed. And keep fire extinguishers handy just in case.
For information about services offered at Baylor Grapevine, all 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit Baylor Health Grapevine.
About Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital serving residents in more than 20 cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Focused on being the best place to give and receive quality, safe and compassionate care, Baylor Grapevine works to lead the transformation of health care. The 276-bed hospital offers advanced medical services for cardiovascular services, women’s services, oncology, neurology, spine care, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care, intensive and emergency care.
About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4 billion in total operating revenue, $5.2 billion in total assets and $494 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2010. Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 27 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 150 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.