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4 common winter problems — and how to deal with them
Monday, 7 December · 2 min read

From dry skin to sore throats, the winter months have a habit of bringing some season-specific health problems with them.

But there are things you can do to stay on top of these common winter health issues.

1. How to soften dry lips

If your lips become dry or chapped in winter, don’t pick at any flaky skin. Instead, use a lip balm regularly – and go for one that has petroleum jelly or beeswax for extra moisture.

Also try to drink lots of water throughout the day, as dehydration can make your lips even more dry.

2. How to beat dry skin

You may think that long showers will help get rid of dry skin, but soaking in water for too long can actually dry your skin further. So, keep your showers short and rub in some moisturiser as soon as you finish. It's best to do this while your skin is still damp, as this can help lock in moisture.

And if your central heating is drying out your skin, it could be worth investing in a humidifier for your home.

3. How to soothe a cold sore

Cold weather can trigger an outbreak of cold sores on or around your lips and mouth.

They can feel pretty painful, so try a cold sore (antiviral) cream or patch as soon as you feel the tingle of a cold sore. They may help to manage your symptoms.

4. How to treat a sore throat

If a sore throat is stopping you from enjoying all of the festive treats the holiday season has to offer, try gargling with warm, salty water for 20 seconds a few times a day. You may also find warm drinks, like warm water with a slice of lemon and teaspoon of honey, help soothe your throat.

But stay away from hot coffee or tea as these may irritate your throat.

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Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.

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