Harmattan, in Nigeria, brings cool, dry winds and a haze of dust. While it is some people’s favourite time of the year, it can also bring health challenges. Here’s how you can stay healthy during this period:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: The dry air can quickly dehydrate you. Drink water regularly throughout the day.
Moisturize Your Skin: The Harmattan air can be harsh on your skin, causing dryness and irritation. Use moisturizers, especially after bathing, to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Use lip gloss or balms on your lips, to avoid patched lips.
Protect Your Respiratory System: Dust particles in the air during Harmattan can affect your lungs. Wear face masks or cover your nose and mouth with a cloth when outdoors. Also, consider using air purifiers indoors to reduce dust.
Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods: Strengthen your immune system by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins. Foods like oranges, carrots, and spinach can help boost your body’s defense against illnesses.
Avoid Open Fires: Harmattan’s dryness increases the risk of fire. Be cautious with open flames, like bush burning or bonfires, to prevent accidental fires that can be dangerous for everyone.
Seek Medical Help if Needed: If you experience persistent coughing, breathing difficulties, or any health concerns during Harmattan, don’t hesitate to consult a healthcare professional.