Tips for protecting yourself from common illnesses

Few aspects of colder weather months can be as irritating as dry winter air. (Well, maybe when your snow plow service doesn’t show up!) From fly-away hair to scaly skin, the cold winter air can wreak havoc on your body’s appearance. But did you know that dry winter air also can make you vulnerable to illness?

Breathing dry air can cause respiratory ailments such as asthmabronchitissinusitis and nosebleeds. Breathing dry air also can cause dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.

“Your sinuses will dry out,” says family medicine physician Daniel Allan, MD. “The mucus that normally should be gooey and thick and can trap infection gets drier. So you’re more likely to get a cold because your mucus is not as able to catch things that you breathe in.”

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