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Staying healthy during winter

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By Natalie Thomas
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@NatalieTWN
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 7:25 AM

Winter is never good for our health: people slip and break bones, our skin gets dry, and it seems like someone in the house is always battling a cold.

But this bitterly cold winter has been harder on our bodies than normal.

An urgent care facility in the city of Hamilton, Ontario is reporting 10 to 15 injuries a DAY due to slips and falls.

That’s about three times more than normal.

Broken wrists, ankles, ribs and hips are on the rise.

So are complaints of dry eyes, dry, itchy skin and nose bleeds.

If you or a loved one has been dealing with any of these things, Dr. Brian Goldman, an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto, shared some helpful tips with us:

  • DRY EYES: treat with topical cyclosporine 
  • DRY ITCHY SKIN: use Vaseline or Polysporin. Dr.Goldman says always use an ointment NOT a cream when trying to treat and prevent dry skin. 
  • NOSEBLEEDS: Again, Polysporin is a good tool. Put a little on the inside of your nose 2-3 times a day. It will help keep your nose lubricated.
  • BROKEN BONES: This one is obvious – just be careful! Don’t take big steps, keep your balance. You can also help prevent slips and falls by keeping your sidewalks and driveway salted and free of ice.

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