Harmattan: Stay warm to avoid diseases associated with the weather, says pharmacist

A pharmacist, Mrs. Rotkang Okunlola, has cautioned members of the public to keep themselves warm to avoid triggering diseases associated with the weather.

Okunlola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Jos that the season had health implications that humans must strive to avoid.

“The season is usually characterised by foggy mist, which has dust particles which can cause irritation to the eye and the respiratory system.

“In most cases, the eyes are the most affected because they are exposed to the dust particles carried by the dry, cold and dusty wind leading to itching, redness and other allergies.

“The dust and cold weather also caused respiratory diseases such as cough, catarrh, sore throat diseases and bronchitis (which is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes characterised by coughing, and chest pain),” she explained.

She particularly advised asthmatic and sickle cell patients to be more proactive in keeping themselves warm during the period as the dry and cold wind usually aggravate crises in the affected individual.

She advised that people to inculcate the act of using of face-mask as it protects them from inhaling dust and it also serves as one of the non-pharmaceutical prevention methods against COVID-19.

The expert listed other challenges associated with the Harmattan weather to include cracked lips, dry skin and cracks on the sole of the feet, and prescribed the use of skin care products which moisturises the skin.

Okunlola advised people to wear cardigans, head warmers, stockings, leggings and hand gloves to keep warm.

She emphasised the need to keep children warm as they are more prone to cold which could lead to pneumonia if not effectively managed. (NAN)