2020 has led most people to become more aware of their health and the potential for getting sick. Despite COVID-19 lasting all year long in 2020, each season does have its own set of common seasonal illnesses too. The changing leaves and cooler weather are proof that fall is officially here, but do you know what illnesses to watch for?
Seasonal Allergies and Asthma
When you think of seasonal allergies you probably think of blooming spring flowers and trees but fall comes with its own set of allergy and asthma triggers. Ragweed is a very common allergen that thrives in the fall. Dust mites and mold are stirred up in the home as furnaces are turned on for the first time in months, which irritate allergies even more. Allergy and asthma sufferers are likely to experience:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Sinus pressure
Allergies and asthma can be well managed with a combination of prescription and over the counter medications with the help of a medical professional.
Influenza is the most notorious fall and winter illness. Flu season comes around each fall and continues well into the winter, but since we know this, it’s fairly easy to prevent! Getting a flu shot is a very effective way to lower your risk of getting the flu. If you do get the flu after getting a flu shot, your symptoms will last for a shorter period of time and be less severe. Handwashing and avoiding close contact with others are also important in preventing the spread of the flu.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is something that many people struggle with, but few reach out for help to deal with their symptoms. SAD is brought on by shorter days and less sunlight that begins during the fall months. SAD leads to symptoms of depression which can cause difficulty sleeping, eating, and performing other daily tasks. SAD can be improved with a variety of treatment methods once a patient reaches out for help. If you begin to notice a shift in your mood as the days get shorter, don’t hesitate to speak with a medical professional! Battling seasonal affective disorder is nothing to be ashamed of and is not caused by anything you did, it’s simply a result of the changing seasons.
To get quick, effective, and affordable care for your seasonal illnesses, visit a local medical provider today! You can walk-in or schedule ahead and receive all the care you need, when you need it. Urgent care centers can provide a flu shot during your visit, so you’ve got one less illness to worry about!