Navigating the Harmattan Season

The Harmattan season is the “winter ” of many West African countries. It has a hazy appearance and it’s a cold and harsh weather. It is often characterized with dusty winds and dry air, carrying microorganisms around together with other airborne diseases. This can be detrimental to our health and can make one uncomfortable.

As the Harmattan season steps in, it’s essential to take deliberate steps into protecting yourself. Here’s a quick guide to remain healthy in this coming season:

1. Drink plenty of water. This is because the dry air results in dryness and dehydration. Staying hydrated is key.

2. Keep your skin and lips moisturized to prevent dryness and cracking. Preferably Body lotions and oils.

3. Dress appropriately. Wear long-sleeved clothing and any other protective clothes to protect your skin from dust, cold and sunlight.

4. Shield your eyes with sunglasses and your nose with a face mask to avoid irritation from dust.

5. Always do indoor cleaning to remove dust residues from your surroundings and to provide clear air.

6. Practice frequent personal hygiene such as handwashing to prevent infections.

By following these simple steps, you can make the most of the Harmattan season while protecting your health and well-being.