(MENAFN - Arab News) The approaching winter season calls for more caution about health matters and the number of people visiting the doctor is on the rise.
Though the weather is pleasant, this is the time when people, especially children, develop seasonal diseases with symptoms such as fever, coughs, stomach upsets, headaches and sore throats.
Dr. Mohammed Ashraf, ENT specialist, said, "The instability of the weather results in various respiratory disorders and viral infections leading to cold, cough and flu." He recommended avoiding cold drafts and covering nose and mouth when around sick persons.
Moshina Rahman, a receptionist at a private hospital said, "The hospital receives a large number of patients daily who are suspected cases of flu infections."
Children with low immunity and vulnerability to sickness, often fall sick during the colder days. "If exposed to cold for long, children may develop fever, sore throat, dry-cough and other signs of flu," said pediatrician, Dr. Rubina Fatima.
She added, "Flu symptoms usually last for three to four days. One might have a lingering cough and feel very tired for a few more days after that."
Huda Khan, a school principal said, "Absenteeism because of cold, cough, and viral fever is more common these days. Teachers are advising parents to make their children wear a protective layer when they send them to school because they are at risk due to the changes in weather. School teachers are also monitoring children's food habits and ask parents to do the same, along with encouraging hygiene practices like washing hands."
Dr. Ahmed Sayed, a physician, said, "Remaining hydrated is significant to ward off ailments like the common cold and a cough. We tend to drink less water in the winter season. So, cases of viral fever and cold increase."