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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

5 of the Most Common Spring Ailments and How to Prevent Them

Black man sneezing because of spring allergies

It’s that time of year again - spring sparks a whole host of illnesses we may have forgotten about during the long winter. To ensure you’re prepared for the new season, we identify five of the most common spring ailments and how you can avoid them.

Asthma

Asthma triggers are especially high during the spring. Fertilizers, pollen, and fluctuations in temperature are known to cause asthma attacks. Indoor dangers can trigger asthma attacks, too; for example, mold from a flooded basement or lingering dust in a bedroom can contribute to your symptoms. Keep symptoms at bay by staying on top of your spring cleaning. You should also have an inhaler at the ready.

Common Cold

While some people think we can only contract colds in the winter, this belief is far from the truth. Rhinovirus infections peak in the spring and they lead to about 50% of all common colds. As you probably already know, colds can spread like wildfire. Therefore, make sure you frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Lyme Disease

Contrary to popular belief, deer ticks actually appear before summer, emerging as soon as temperatures rise above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep a tick repellent handy when you’re outside. However, the most effective way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid ticks altogether by staying out of tall grasses. If you do come across a tick, immediately remove it with tweezers. If you suspect that you may have Lyme disease, see a doctor right away.

Seasonal Allergies

Of course, we can’t elaborate on the most common spring ailments without mentioning allergies. Flowers and trees are blossoming right before our eyes, causing us to cough, sneeze, and rub our eyes. When it comes to seasonal allergies, taking preventive measures is best. If you start taking your allergy medication before springtime hits, you won’t have to worry about feeling sniffly this season. Still experiencing symptoms? Pollen easily sticks to your belongings and your body - shower often, and keep your bedding and clothing clean.

Sports Injuries

Thanks to the warmer weather, spring and summer sports - such as baseball, soccer, and tennis - will soon be in full swing. While you may feel excited to get back to your favorite outdoor activities, exercise caution. To prevent injuries, you’ll need to properly warm up and cool down. Conditioning takes time, but it’s well worth it.