With colder weather in winter, our heaters are running, drying out the indoor air. This creates a dry environment in the lining of our noses, causing tiny cracks through which germs can enter, making us sick!
There are several ways to help with this issue:
- Use a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom
- Try a moisturizing gel made especially for noses
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water
- Don’t overheat your house: leave the thermostat at or below 68 degrees during the day and 65 at night — cooler temperatures are proven to help with sleep, too!
- Avoid touching your face with your hands, and wash your hands frequently
- If you haven’t already, get your flu shot!
If, despite your best efforts, you do become sick with an upper respiratory infection, you might consider trying some of these things at home:
- Saline nasal rinse 2-3 times daily for nasal congestion / runny nose
- Saltwater gargle for sore throat
- Hot tea with lemon and honey
- Chicken noodle soup
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen with food as tolerated for aches or fever over 100.5
Schedule an appointment at Summit Healthcare if your symptoms worsen or don’t improve within several days. Sometimes a simple upper respiratory infection can turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, or even pneumonia.
Julie West, PA-C
Stephanie Stieben, PA-C
Summit Healthcare is your alternative for quality family medicine and walk-in care. We offer the full spectrum of family practice services. Same day / walk-in services are also available when the unexpected happens and your illness or injury needs immediate attention. With 26 years of combined experience, our Board Certified Physician Assistants provide high quality comprehensive care to patients of all ages.