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How To Stay Healthy During Harmattan In Nigeria

Are You Ready For The Harmattan? Harmattan is a hot, dry and dusty wind that blows over West Africa. The wind blows from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. Harmattan has very far-reaching medical implication, as it consists of fine dust particles between 0.5 and 10 micrometres.  It affects all exposed surfaces of the human body, including the skin, eyes, nose, mouth and the respiratory tract, which directly communicate with the atmosphere. The skin can become dry during harmattan season as a result of the dry wind. When the skin is dry, it becomes wrinkled. The skin can also have cracks, which can degenerate into bruises. People also have the tendency to develop skin rashes during the season, which can also induce itching, whereby they may inadvertently introduce infections to the skin. Therefore, people need to be well hydrated during the period, and use emollient creams which help in moisturising the skin. Adequate fluid int