Cold Weather Brings Respiratory Problems

According to the report provided by the authorities of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the cold front that entered Honduras this weekend will continue for at least 48 hours. In many Departments and particularly the mountainous areas, temperatures could drop more than 10 degrees Celsius.

This change of temperature can cause health related problems, especially in the elderly and very young. The cases of respiratory disease in the Hospital Materno Infantil (Mother and Child) have increased due to the recent low temperatures, according to the medical center.

The hospital spokeswoman said the most frequent cases that arise due to changes in climate are respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.

It is recommended that in cold weather you cover your nose with a scarf. Take measures to avoid the organisms that cause respiratory infections. Viruses cause 90 percent of bronchitis infections. Always wash hands before eating and after going outside. Bacteria and pollutants (including smoke and chemicals) can make the situation worse. Smoke irritates your bronchial tubes and makes you less resistant to bronchitis-causing viruses. Stay away from airborne irritants. If the air quality is particularly low, make plans to spend the day inside, and wear a mask if you’ll be working around potentially lung-troubling irritants, such as paint, dust, or other chemicals.

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