Cold weather brings a host of additional ailments and problems for people throughout the country. While some of these ailments may not be new, they are worsened with the cold weather. As we age, it seems that our body has less tolerance for the cold weather and is less forgiving, causing many common symptoms to be aggravated. Let’s review a few common cold weather maladies:
While Rosacea is a common skin disorder that can occur at any time of the year, however, many people experience stronger affects during the cold weather months. This disorder typically affects the face area and involves groups of capillaries close to the surface of the skin to become dilated. This is what causes the red blotchy look and the small bumps. For some, cold weather can aggravate this condition and make it tender and sensitive to touch.
The best course of defense during the cold weather is to stay covered up, and if needed apply aloe vera to the affected area. However, caution is advised when covering up, as anyone with this condition understands that anything against the affected area can cause a flare up. In addition, some have experienced relief from the condition by using herbs such as, nettle and rosemary to help improve and nourish the skin, which can promote healing.
Cold Urticaria is a condition that involves the skin reacting to cold conditions. When your skin comes in contact with severe cold conditions, it may develop red, itchy hives. Each person that develops urticaria has varying symptoms, but severe cases can lead to fainting, low blood pressure, and even death.
Typically this condition will clear up on its own in just a few days, however, in severe cases it will require further treatment. Your first line of defense is to avoid prolonged exposure to cold weather. You can treat your symptoms with a warm bath, apply aloe vera to the area, and drink green tea. The natural antioxidants in the tea help with the swelling and the itch.
Cold sores have been experienced by many for centuries. They are caused by a virus and can be painful in severe cases. Most adults already have the virus within them, lying dormant, just waiting to attack. Triggers can be fever, exposure to cold conditions or wind, stress, and the common cold.
There are many natural remedies that can help with cold sores, including Echinacea and goldenseal. Another popular natural remedy is lemon balm. This contains high levels of polyphenols and can be applied in a cream form. The tea version of lemon balm has antiviral qualities that also help prevent outbreaks.
Eczema is often referred to as dermatitis. These two terms are often confused, as eczema is the inflammation of the skin that accompanies dermatitis. There are many causes of eczema, with the most common referring to an improper diet or allergies. Cold weather can exaggerate the condition and make it unbearable.
It has been found that limiting your skin to the cold can help alleviate some of the pain, as well as include some natural remedies. Herbs such as blackthorn and blueberry leaf contain flavonoids that have been shown to reduce the inflammation, as well as chamomile. You can even use poultices with dandelion or yellow dock root to help ease symptoms.
Always consult your physician before using any natural remedies that may complicate any pre-existing you have conditions or medications you’re currently taking.
By Tammy Moorehead CHHP – for the 50 Plus Report