Navigating Well-being in the Harmattan Season


Navigating Well-being in the Harmattan Season

With the onset of Harmattan comes a range of health considerations due to its dry and dusty conditions, potentially leading to various illnesses if precautions aren't observed.


This time is marked by fluctuating temperatures, often cold in most regions but occasionally warm depending on local circumstances.


Common Health Concerns During Harmattan:


1. Cold and Flu

2. Asthma Flare-ups

3. Sickle Cell Complications

4. Eye Irritations

5. Nasal Congestion (Catarrh)

6. Bronchitis

7. Pneumonia

8. Dry Skin

9. Tonsillitis

10. Epistaxis (Nosebleeds)

11. Burns

12. Road Accidents


Tips for Maintaining Health:


1. Dress Warmly: Layer up with thick clothing for warmth.

2. Stay Hydrated: Drink ample water to avoid dehydration.

3. Eye Care: Regularly cleanse your eyes and consider protective eyewear to prevent irritation.

4. Mask Usage: Cover your nose and mouth with a mask to minimize dust inhalation.

5. Regular Exercise: Maintain an exercise routine to boost overall well-being.

6. Skin Care: Use moisturizing oily creams to protect your skin.

7. Foot and Lip Care: Apply balms and creams to prevent cracks on your feet and lips.

8. Reduce Dust Exposure: Minimize contact with dust where possible.

9. For Asthmatics: Limit exposure to dusty environments and keep inhalers nearby.

10. Clean Produce: Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before consumption.

11. Avoid Dehydrating Beverages: Steer clear of carbonated drinks; opt for warm tea to stay hydrated and ward off flu.

12. Warm Baths: Take warm baths in the morning and evening to stave off cold symptoms.

13. Energy Conservation: Switch off electrical appliances when not in use.

14. Fire Safety: Properly extinguish open flames after use.


I wish you continued good health during and after this season. Stay safe and take care.