Navigation Links
Severe Cold is Harbinger of Infections

New Delhi: Small children and the elderly tend to succumb more to respiratory infections in winter as viruses //multiply faster in cold temperatures. Very cold weather, combined with fog, like the capital has been witnessing for the past week, is "ideal" for certain viruses to spread that cause influenza type infections, say doctors.

"The elderly and children are prone to the ill effects of low temperature. The influenza infection rates are higher during extreme cold, because these viruses multiply faster in cold temprature," said a senior official of the Indian Council of Medical Research, who declined to be named.

The virus infections tend to infect children between one-and-a-half to five years age, said Sisir Paul, a paediatrician with Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, in south Delhi.

"In this cold weather we have seen a 25 percent rise in upper respiratory tract infections," Paul told IANS. Older children and adults do not get such infections easily as they have developed the antibodies in themselves from previous infections. "Once we get an infection, we develop immunity to it," he said.

According to Paul, there were not many cases yet of broncholitis, an infection of the lower respiratory tract, which also occurs in severe winter months. "A few cases of broncholitis have come. It comes on more when there is heavy fog and no sun. The virus cannot multiply when there is good sunlight."

However, the other diseases that plague children like jaundice, typhoid and gastroenteritis are lessas those viruses don't multiply in winter.

According to P.K. Mukherjee, a senior private physician, a major reason for many people catching influenza is from exposure. "The virus spreads from one to the other in public places. The elderly are more prone to catching infections as they have low resistance."

"In the elderly, their metabolism slows down and the virus is able to spread faster," said M ukherjee, adding that the most common infections during the cold weather were pneumonitis and sinusitis.

"The room heater is not recommended at all," said Mukherjee, adding that the sudden change in body temperature caused when a person leaves a room artificially warmed to the cold outside also leads to illnesses.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Low Cholesterol Linked to Severe Depression and Violent Behavior in Men
2. Severe stress weakens immunity
3. Severe Acute respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
4. WHO Travel Advice to prevent spread of "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
5. Patients With Severe Hemophilia At Risk Of Developing Osteoporosis
6. Severe sleep apnea can cause liver problems
7. Scientists Unveil Mechanism Behind Resistance to Severe Malaria
8. Strong Magnetic Stimulation Can Help Treating Severe Depression
9. Patients Suffering From Severe Mental Diseases Are At Risk Of Being Crime Victims
10. Acute Toxicity Of Nano-Scale Zinc Powder: Severe Renal Damage And Anemia
11. Poor Glycaemic Control In Hispanics With Diabetes Causes Severe Depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Siemens Foundation-PATH Ingenuity Fellowships—to develop the advanced skills needed to introduce and ... U.S. universities who will draw from Siemens’ deep knowledge of product development ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a former ... schedule, a demanding job, and no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to ... to meditation for its impact on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, ... , This winter the West Penn Burn Center, part of the Allegheny ... #1, to bring you the “Space Heaters Need Space” campaign. , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Erlanger Agency has announced a ... OH area. The latest campaign focuses on the fight against breast cancer, fundraising for ... being accepted here . , Carmen is a loving single mother of two ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... J Thomas & ... continuing it’s commitment to act as Agents of Change in the community, announces ... area homeless families to fulfill immediate needs and help them move into permanent ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... DPLO ) is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Urick to ... To learn more about our Diplomat executive ... ... ... In his redefined role at ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... --  HeartWare International, Inc . (NASDAQ: HTWR ) ... its financial results for the three and 12 months ... at 8:00 a.m. ET.  The company plans to release ... webcast.  On the conference call and webcast, management will ... quarter and business outlook.   --> ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Feb. 12, 2016  Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today ... to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the WEB™ ... ruptured intracranial aneurysms.  Prof Laurent Spelle , MD, ... Paris, France and Principal Investigator of ... France and Germany.  Although patients with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: