5 Common Winter Illnesses, Symptoms & Their Prevention

By | November 4, 2020

Winter is finally here! Winter is very pleasant, fresh, and charming. We cannot ignore the fact that this winter season has an ugly side too.

A sudden drop in temperature brings with it health issues.

Here are some of  the illnesses, symptoms, and preventions of the winter season

1. Common cold:

We ignore it as something that is a part of the changing season. But it should not be ignored.


  • Headache
  • Burning sensation in eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever
  • Chest congestion


  • Take plenty of rest
  • Have home-cooked food
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids


2. Flu

Flu is not as serious as the common cold. Even though should not be ignored. It can last up to 6 to 7 days.


  • Cough and cold
  • Body pain
  • Pain in ear
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy eye


  • keep your mouth and nose covered while sneezing and coughing.
  • Respiratory hygiene is important.
  • Eat immunity-boosting food
  • Maintain enough distance from the person suffering from the same


3. Norovirus:

Norovirus is another way called the winter vomiting bug that infects the stomach. This can affect people of all ages. And this is very common in the winter season.


  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever


  • You should wash your food properly before cooking.
  • You should practice proper hand and oral hygiene.


Norovirus outbreak latest: Almost 3,000 cases reported in England - symptoms | Express.co.uk

4. Strep Throat:

Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection. It is quite common among school-going kids.


  • Sore throat
  • Pain in throat
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Difficulty swallowing


  • Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Drink warm fluids
  • Gargle, the moment you feel soreness in your throat
  • Wash your hands before eating

Strep Throat: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | Medlife Blog

5. Bronchiolitis:

It is caused by the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) that mainly affects children. It is an infection of the respiratory tract.


  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Low to high-grade fever
  • Dehydration


  • Keeping yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluid
  • Washing your hands properly to prevent further contamination

Bronchiolitis | KidsHealth NZ




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