• 31 JAN 20
    Tips to take care of our health in winter

    Tips to take care of our health in winter

    The arrival of low temperatures in winter can cause various risks and problems for our health, although fortunately in most cases they are easy to prevent if we take proper precautions and care.

    Next, we review with Dr. Olga Orozco, family doctor at Vithas Xanit Internacional hospital, some of the most common risks to our health at this time of year and how we can prevent them:

    Prevent problems caused by heating

    In areas where the cold is intense in winter, use of heating is essential. However, we must be careful not to set a temperature that is too high, being the optimum winter temperature of 21ºC, since it guarantees a feeling of comfort while controlling energy consumption, excess heat, as well as the dryness it produces in the environment, which negatively affect our health, and can cause a sensation of discomfort, dryness in our skin and eyes, as well as aggravate certain respiratory or circulatory pathologies.

    In the case of combustion heating systems, special care must be taken, since bad combustion can produce and cause very dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide to accumulate, being essential to ensure that such heating equipment is always in good condition and has an adequate output of gases to the outside.

    More information and advice on how to prevent health problems related to heating.

    In the snow, protect our eyes from the sun

    If we go to the mountain to ski, practice other winter sports or any other activity, we must not forget that in the mountain we are very exposed to ultraviolet radiation form the sun, especially our eyes.

    Excessive exposure to these ultraviolet rays can cause an inflammation of the cornea called solar keratitis, also known as “snow blindness” in the short term. In addition, prolonged long-term exposure can lead to much more serious pathologies, such as irreversible damage to the retina or the appearance of cataracts prematurely.

    Therefore, it is essential to always use sunglasses suitable for snow, which completely cover our eyes and offer a good level of protection.

    In this other article of our blog you will find more information about how to protect our eyes in the snow.

    Get vaccinated to prevent the flu

    The flu is an infection that affects us every year between the months of November and April, with the greatest number of infections occurring in the months of January and February.

    Vaccination is the most effective way to fight it, because thanks to vaccines our body can generate antibodies against the flu in advance, making it more difficult to get it or, if we still get infected, its symptoms would be milder. It should be borne in mind that it can take 2 to 4 weeks for our body to develop antibodies after vaccination, so you should be vaccinated in advance to be effective. In Spain, public health vaccination campaigns usually take place in October or November.

    Every year a new flu vaccine is necessary. This is due to the great capacity of mutation of these viruses, which causes the flu virus strains to change every year, causing the previous vaccines to lose effectiveness and a new one is needed against the most recent strains of the virus.

    Vaccination against flu is especially recommended for those who may be at greater risk in case of contracting it, so that among these risk groups are those with chronic diseases, pregnant women and those over 65. On the other hand, it is also recommended to those professionals who maintain direct and continuous contact with the public, such as health personnel, who are very exposed and could be a transmitter in the consultations.

    It is possible and advisable, if indicated, to administer the pneumococcal vaccine in those populations at risk on the same day of the flu vaccine.

    Take care of the health of our skin

    The cold of winter also affects our skin, causing it to dry, become more sensitive and present a muted appearance. It is essential to keep the skin hydrated, do not forget to drink between 1.5-2L of water a day. In winter also make use of sunscreen daily, wear gloves and warm clothes, and avoid, where possible, sudden changes in temperature. However, with proper care we can improve its appearance, in this other article you will find tips to take care of our skin in winter.

    On the other hand, those who are thinking of undergoing an aesthetic treatment to rejuvenate the skin should take into account that the colder winter temperatures favor greater effectiveness in this type of treatments, being a good time for it.

    Care of our hair

    In addition to the skin, our hair is also affected by the environmental conditions of the winter, both by the lack of moisture in the cold air outside and by the hot air from indoor heating.

    In the following link we remind you of some tips on how to take care of our hair in winter, in order to keep it healthier and hydrated, bright and without frizz.

    Healthcare and treatments at Vithas Xanit Internacional

    Whether you are looking for the best health care or undergo some aesthetic medicine treatment, at Vithas Xanit Internacional we put at your service the best specialists, with the most advanced technology and the latest techniques, who allow us to obtain the best possible results for our patients. Contact us for more information or make an appointment.

Dr. Radua Kamal Salah

Thank you for the kindness, good humour that you have shown as well as the wonderful food. This certainly helps to make a sick person feel better and have a speedy recovery.


Medical Specialities

  • Hair Transplantation Unit

    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.