Common Illnesses & Health Issues of fall

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Preparation and awareness are essential for keeping your health intact.

The first step to a healthy Fall season is staying informed. Above is a slideshow of the most common health complications during Fall or learn more about each below.Being proactive and taking precautions like getting the flu shot, practicing good hygiene and washing your hands, wearing weather appropriate clothing, and getting enough sleep are strongly recommended to staying healthy. Regular exercise, reducing your stress, and supplements like Vitamin D or C have been thought to lower your risk of getting sick as well.

Seasonal Allergies

Outdoor allergies worsen during Fall. Staying indoors in the morning and asking your doctor for medications that reduce severe symptoms can avoid these allergies, according to Resurrection Health Care.

Fall allergies prevention

If you don’t want your fall allergies to ruin fall for you, there are ways you can prevent them from taking over and making you miserable. Aside from over the counter allergy remedies, try some of these tips as well.

  Avoid stepping outdoors when allergens are at their worst – check local news stations for pollen counts and wind speeds which can carry around allergens.

  If you spend time outdoors, shower as soon as you come inside to remove pollen.

  Keep your windows closed, and use either the air conditioner or a humidifier.

  Dry your clothes indoors as opposed to outdoors.

  Remove decaying leaves from the yard.

  Wear gloves and a mask when raking up leaves.

  Ensure air filters in your home are cleaned.

  Manage your stress – studies have shown those who are stressed endure worsened allergy symptoms.

  Consume honey to boost your immune system.

  Eat onions for their antioxidant power.

  Take probiotics as a means to boost your immune system.

Influenza (The Flu)

Flu and fall almost go hand in hand. Influenza (the flu) is a serious illness, especially for older adults. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick and/or spreading the virus to others. For anyone over 65, we suggest getting the high dose vaccination. We also recommend the pneumonia vaccine for elderly or anyone at high risk. Medicare Part B fully covers both immunizations and shouldn’t cost anything out of pocket.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This is the form of depression brought on by shorter days and colder temperatures. It can lead to troubles with sleep and appetite which make a person more prone to sickness.

Raynaud’s Syndrome

Common symptoms of Raynaud’s are poor circulation, numbness, and change of color in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose in response to cold and stress. A decrease in temperature and constricted arteries make it difficult for the body to adapt.

Heart Disease

Cooler temperatures can lead to heart failure according to the American Heart Association. The colder weather, high winds, and rain can cause complications for anyone living with heart disease.

Asthma

We all know that asthma, just like seasonal allergies, tends to flare up in spring. Pollen, insect repellants, and air temperature changes are just some of the things that can trigger asthma in spring. If you have trouble controlling your asthma and use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week, make sure you talk to your doctor. Experts advise always having a peak flow meter with you, so that you can measure how well air moves out of your lungs.Be prepared for any of these issues and make sure you’re ready to act in case you notice signs of any of them. Only that way will you be able to enjoy a healthy start to the season.

Common Cold

The drop in temperature and suppressed immune systems contribute to the increase in common cold cases.

Sore Throat

Allergies, the flu, and changes in weather can bring on a runny nose and/or nasal drip which may irritate your throat.

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