Common Illnesses That Show Up During Winter
It’s not your imagination, the winter season hits us harder with a variety of unpleasant illnesses that can drag our health and our spirits down. But that doesn’t mean that we have to live in fear about getting sick this winter.
Learning more about common illnesses that show up in winter, how you can build up your immunity, and relieve the symptoms will help you feel prepared to take on this winter with confidence.
Ready to become a winter wellness warrior? Let’s go.
Why Respiratory Illnesses Occur Frequently in Winter
There are several reasons why some illnesses are more prevalent in the winter months. First as temperatures drop, we spend more time indoors, often in close proximity to others, which can facilitate the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Many of us are also returning to school and a regular work routine after the summer months of enjoying much of our time outdoors. Being in contact with more people means a higher risk of contracting illnesses.
Next, the lower humidity during the winter months dries out our nasal passages, making them more susceptible to infection. Viruses are also more stable, meaning they stay in the air longer when the air is cold and dry, increasing the chance of infection.
Lastly, unfortunately, our isolation during heavy COVID restrictions made airborne illnesses, like the flu, decline. This has caused their return with a vengeance as we are resuming a normal life after the pandemic.
7 Winter Illnesses and Their Symptoms
Here at HomeopathyStore, we want to ensure you have the knowledge you need about common illnesses that show up in winter. This can help you create proactive measures to guard your health and well-being.
From the flu to bronchitis, we’ll first guide you through these winter ailments. We’ll then present a list of our most popular homeopathic remedies, organic herbs, and high-quality liquid vitamins to ensure you know how to best fend off seasonal invaders.
1. Common Cold (Rhinovirus)
The common cold, which is primarily caused by the rhinovirus, is a prevalent ailment during the winter season. You’ll typically come down with a sore throat, a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, and a mild fever.
While it’s generally not dangerous, the common cold can make you feel miserable, affecting your daily routine and quality of life. The cold virus spreads through the air and close personal contact, and practicing good hygiene while avoiding close contact with infected individuals are crucial.
2. Flu (Influenza)
The flu, or influenza, is a common winter illness that ranges from mild to severe. Symptoms may include high fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, achy muscles and bones, fatigue, and headaches.
The flu is highly contagious, spreads rapidly in crowded schools and workplaces, and poses a risk of complications for older adults and young children.
We suggest—to protect yourself from all respiratory conditions but even more so from the flu and the illnesses below—that you strengthen your immune system with a nutrient-dense diet, regular exercise, and natural supplements.
3. Current COVID-19 Variants
While the public health emergency caused by the pandemic is over, new COVID-19 variants and lineages continue to emerge and spread. These variants are less likely to cause severe disease but still have high transmission rates, potentially leading to surges in cases and a higher risk of getting COVID.
Symptoms typically mirror those of the original strain and include fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing. When you get sick with COVID-19, remember to isolate yourself from others as much as possible. If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately.
4. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that often results in a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. While most recover in a week or two, it can be serious for infants and older adults.
RSV spreads through droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals and may infect others through dried respiratory secretions on items.
5. Sinus Infections
Sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, are common winter ailments that cause inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. Symptoms are a stuffy nose, pain around the nasal cavity, a headache, a sore throat, and coughing from mucus back up in the throat.
A virus, like the common cold or rhinovirus, bacteria, or a fungal infection can cause these infections, which are exacerbated by the dry, cold winter air irritating the sinuses.
Keeping your immune system strong and addressing respiratory infections quickly help reduce the risk of sinus infections. If stress or physical exhaustion have weakened your defenses, sinus infections can last for weeks and lead to an increased frequency of sinus problems. If your sinus infection lasts more than 10 days, see a healthcare provider for some treatment options.
6. Strep Throat
Strep throat, which is caused by the bacterial strain Streptococcus pyogenes, often makes its unwelcome appearance during the colder months. Its symptoms include severe sore throat, fever, and red, swollen tonsils, which are often accompanied by white patches or streaks of pus.
Strep throat is also more common in the winter and passed on by direct contact with someone who as strep.
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes in your lungs. The main signs of bronchitis include a cough (dry or wet), fatigue, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and slight fever and chills.
Although bronchitis isn’t contagious, viruses that infect the bronchial tubes may spread to other people from your cough and cause similar ailments that can lead to bronchitis in others.
Like with a sinus infection, the common cold or other respiratory infection can trigger bronchitis. Both make breathing difficult and can cause your oxygen levels to drop, damage your mucous membranes, and lead to chronic conditions and complications. Clearing and healing the airways in your lungs is important to regain your vitality and maintain your overall wellbeing.
Natural Remedies for a Healthy Immune System
Boosting your immune system is vital to protecting your health during the winter. We offer numerous homeopathic cold medicines, organic herbal supplements, Schuessler cell salts, and easily absorbable liquid vitamins to help you fight against the health-related struggles of winter.
Consider incorporating these remedies and supplements into your daily health regimen to equip your body with the tools it needs to ward off common winter ailments:
Cold Armor is your go-to companion for comprehensive protection during the winter season and also year-round. With its unique blend of homeopathic ingredients, Cold Armor helps to alleviate rhinitis, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and swelling of the mucous membranes.
Use at the first sign of symptoms. You can take it up to 6 times a day when symptoms are tough. Also think of Cold Armor when you are run down or embark on adventures that may make you vulnerable to a contagious infection like going on a trip.
Virus Defense is your ultimate weapon in the fight against viruses. Expertly formulated with potent, natural ingredients, this homeopathic remedy boosts your immune response, helps defend against and sooth fever, shivering and sweating, body aches, fatigue, coughs, and more. It also provides support after vaccinations if you experience headaches, fever, or other discomfort.
Use it when you feel like coming down with fatigue, drawing pains, and respiratory issues. Again, use it up to 6 times a day if needed and reduce the frequency when you start to feel better. Combining Virus Defense and Cold Armor is a great way to benefit from even more natural infection fighters. Also use Virus Defense once a day during the fall, winter, and early spring for virus protection.
Elderberry Liquid Extract
Known for its rich vitamin C content and potent antiviral properties, elderberry is a powerful ally in your immune-boosting arsenal. Incorporating our Elderberry Liquid Extract into your daily health regimen significantly bolsters your immune system, enabling it to effectively combat common winter illnesses as well as relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Cold & Flu Relief Cell Salts Kit
Our Cold & Flu Relief Cell Salts Kit will help you battle the winter health blues by harnessing the power of homeopathy to bolster your immune system and provide targeted relief during the different stages of infection from incubation to illness to successful convalescence.
Cell salts are vital minerals that support specific body functions and help you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. Find out how to expertly use the five cold and flu cell salts to better fight respiratory ailments.
Cold & Flu Relief Cell Salts Kit
Vitamins are crucial in strengthening your immune system and ensuring you stay healthy throughout the winter months. Regular intake of certain vitamins, such as vitamins C and D and B, can enhance your body’s defenses, provide optimal energy levels, and protect against common winter illnesses.
Liquid Vitamins Bundle
All remedies above are lactose free, sugar free, gluten free, and non-GMO to ensure you won’t have digestive issues during daily use. Consider looking into our natural cold and flu product collection for all-encompassing bundles to save more on your favorite remedies.
Steps To Stop the Spread of Common Winter Illnesses
Practicing good personal hygiene—including frequent handwashing and avoiding touching your face—is crucial to halting the spread of common winter illnesses. Additionally, focus on eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, enough sleep, and add natural homeopathic remedies and high-quality vitamins that boost your immune system to your wellness routine.
Staying at home and avoiding close contact with others when sick is also an essential action to ensure viruses don’t have as many ways to spread.
As winter draws near, take control of your health and fortify your immune system with the power of holistic remedies. Stay vigilant, stay healthy, and embrace the chilly season with confidence.
The content and product descriptions in this article are grounded in traditional homeopathic and natural wellness practices. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.