Cold weather affects our bodies whether we realize it or not. We come across difficult situations to handle both physically and mentally during winters. We don’t only catch colds in winters. The cause of increasing numbers of neck and belly pain and facial paralysis sufferers is the cold weather. The specialists highlight that by taking only small precautions against the drop of weather temperature and humidity we could make our lives easier. Here are the things to consider for our health…


Don’t just say it is a joint pain
Mentioning that along with the increase of static electric in the air, the number of belly, neck, and small joint pain sufferers increase during cold days, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çağatay Öztürk recommends to take the following precautions before the pain increases:

If the pain is strong, bed-rest is necessary
“Symptoms might differ from person to person. Some people go through this period with light pain as some others need bed-rest due to strong pain. Therefore, take it seriously when the joint pain increases along with the cold weather. Neck and belly pain might be the symptom of a more serious condition.”

The last resort is microsurgery
“Advancement of this kind of pain might be prevented with simple treatments. When bed-rest, medication, or exercise cannot fix the problem, surgical treatment enters into the picture. Surgical treatments make it simpler for patients thanks to the advance technology. The treatments done using microsurgical techniques offer more successful results. Open microscopic or instrumental surgeries might be required for situations that are more complicated. What is ideal here is to determine the most suitable treatment method for the patient.”

-Apply ice to painful areas.
-Exercise to work your muscles.
-Take your medication routinely if you have chronic pain.
-Don’t try to treat your pain with painkillers; don’t take painkillers whenever you feel pain.
-Dress in accordance with the weather; don’t stay in cold or windy places.


Protect your face with a scarf
Facial paralysis that might occur due to cold is a treatable but problematic condition. Parents usually don’t send their children outside without scarves; however, they are supposed to protect themselves the same way. Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist Surgeon Dr. Caner Kesimli talks about facial paralysis:

Loss of taste and shift of lips
“Facial paralysis appears as the loss or decrease of the facial movements, usually only on one side. A shift on one side of lips, being unable to close eyes, loss of taste, pain or ringing in ears, dryness of eyes and mouth can be seen due to non-working facial muscles. The biggest reason of facial paralysis is the nerve problem that occurs as a result of dysfunction and being unable to control the muscles on the affected part of the face.”

Herpes damages
“Another big reason of experiencing facial paralysis is the herpes virus since it interacts with the cold, causing infection. Cold weather and wind causes nerve damage due to infection and inflammation inside the nerve channel behind ears. Otitis media, surgical trauma, neurological diseases are also among the causes of facial paralysis.”

Chewing gum helps
“First three days are important in treating facial paralysis. The moment you feel the symptoms, you should seek advice from a specialist. Taking cortisone tablets, vitamins, face massages and chewing gum help in treating it. A complete recovery is seen in 90 percent of the patients who begin treatments in time. Protecting your face and ears from cold by wearing a scarf and a hat is among the preventive precautions against the development of facial paralysis.”


Drink plenty of water and eat yogurt and fruit
Stating that malnutrition causes infections as a result of weakened immune system, Diet and Nutrition Specialist Şükran Yıldız says, “In order to support our immune system, we should consume enough protein and foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C and E and minerals is important. Lemon, orange, tangerine, pepper, parsley, kiwi, and grapefruit are rich in vitamin C; olive oil, almond, walnut, and hazelnut are rich in vitamin E.”

Carrot and spinach are your friends
“Carrot and spinach, which are in season, contain beta carotene that increase the number of immune system cells. Therefore, care to keep them in the menu often. Prefer consuming fish, walnut, hazelnut, almond, dried fruits, molasses, red meat, olive oil, and hazelnut oil that contain minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron, and copper to strengthen your cells. Keep drinking at least 2-2.5 liters of water daily to keep your cells functioning.”

Consume yogurt, kefir, and cheese
“Omega-3, fatty acids that fish contain, and arginine amino acids that sources of protein contain are important nutrition for our immune system. You can use ginger that also supports immune system in soups, teas, and salads. Yogurt, kefir, and cheese contain probiotics. When you consume yogurt and kefir often, you will notice that your intestines function healthier and your body is stronger.”

Keep your metabolism at a great pace with snacks
“It would be useful to limit consuming sugar, oil, and carbohydrates during this time that we don’t move much, if we want to keep our weight under control. At the same time, we can keep our metabolism at a great pace by consuming eggs rich in iron for breakfasts; and fresh and dried fruits, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, milk, yogurt, and kefir for snacks.”