From mid-May to August, Brasília goes through its dry season. Humidity levels plummet and can reach 9% at its lowest. Temperatures drop, with the lowest recorded to be 1.6ºC (33.8ºF) in 1975. With the abrupt change in conditions and the harsh desert-like weather, some health issues are to be expected. Check out some tips from THE GUIDE to soothe the harsh season.
- Dry skin: For dry skin, use a lotion that doesn’t have any perfumes so it won’t increase the potential for drying out. One home remedy for extremely dry skin or elderly people with thinner skin is cocoa butter.
- Dry and itchy eyes: Use eye drops on a regular basis and keep them with you.
- Dry nose: For your nose, one of the best things to use is just a nasal wash. You can get it over the counter; it’s a saline nasal wash. Use it a couple of times each day and it can be extremely beneficial. It can actually get up into the sinuses and clear the sinuses of any pollen or residue that’s in there.
- Humidifier: You have to be careful with humidifiers as there are pros and cons. Small tabletop humidifiers are not beneficial. You need to get one that covers a huge amount of square footage and holds approximately 10 to 30 gallons of water to help your home. And remember, if you’re not maintaining it on a regular basis, it will hold on to mold and other allergens. So next time you turn it on, you’re actually putting that back into the air.
- Drink lots of fluids: One way to gauge your hydration level is to look at the color of your urine. If you’re well hydrated, it should be pale. Also, you’ll be urinating more frequently.