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How To Live With Cancer During The Winter Months

The changing of the season always brings new challenges to those suffering from weak health. Cancer patients are no exception to this, and must be sure to prepare well and prioritise their wellness throughout the season. As the temperature drops, the risk to health increases, so it is important to take every possible step to protect your wellbeing.


Guard against infections – Cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can seriously affect your immune system, making you more subject to cold and flu. Talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccination in order to help the body detect and fight influenza at an early stage. As a cancer patient, you are exactly the kind of person for whom this vaccine is recommended; however, it’s best to check with your cancer specialist as there are a few types for which this vaccine is not appropriate. Additionally, family members and caregivers should receive the flu vaccine, in order to give you an extra layer of protection. Maintain a scrupulous level of hygiene, and wash your hands as often as possible. This is one of the most effective ways to guard against cold and flu viruses, as well as to kill germs.


Avoid extremely cold temperatures – Extreme temperatures and rapid temperature changes can be a serious trigger for those with a weakened immune system. Hypothermia is one of the worst eventualities of such an experience and occurs when the body cannot provide enough heat to keep warm. Some cancer medications can interfere with the body’s capacity to adjust to different temperatures, and this, when accompanied by dehydration or weight loss can lead to hyperthermia. A further danger of low temperatures is frostbite, where skin or tissue in the body’s extremities freezes. Patients at particular risk of frostbite are those suffering from nerve disorders, which lessen their sensitivity to temperatures.


When winter hits, it is vital to pay close attention to hygiene and the warmth of your living conditions. It is best to completely avoid exposure to cold temperatures, but if you do go outside be sure to wrap up warmly. Support your winter experience with high levels of vitamin D and a nourishing diet, which will allow you to build a healthy level of body fat.


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