Fall Time Illnesses and How to Avoid Them

By |2020-10-02T01:24:00+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Fall time is such a fun time of year. The leaves change color, you can go pumpkin picking, host bonfires, and Halloween, where you can dress up and eat candy. The thing to remember about fall time, is all the allergies and viruses that come with the weather going from hot and sunny to cloudy and brisk.

The Flu

The common flu. Once October hits, flu season goes into full swing and lasts till May. The flu is definitely something to avoid, which you can achieve with a vaccine. Most people will get the flu and be fine, but it can turn into something quite difficult to fight. The flu can turn into pneumonia and bronchitis.

There are a few things you can do to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep surfaces around the house sanitized
  • Get the flu shot
  • Get plenty of res, eat a healthy diet, and keep stress levels low- all lifestyle factors that affect your immune system.

Some common symptoms of the flu are so terrible and can include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat

Seasonal Allergies

These can be just as annoying and hard to cope with. These fall time allergies can sometimes be just as bad as getting a virus. They can make you feel like you are sick. During the fall, mold spores and ragweed are the most common allergens in the air.

Common season allergies symptoms are:

  • Runny Nose
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Sore or Itchy Throat

There is no for sure way to prevent allergies, but some tips for avoiding them are as follows:

  • Check your daily pollen count
  • Check the daily air quality
  • Keep windows closed
  • Take a shower after spending time outside

Common Colds

The common cold is one of the most frequently seen things during the fall. There are millions of cases of colds each year, hence the “common” in the phrase. Colds can last between a few days to a few weeks. They are very contagious. These are spread through skin-to-skin contact, saliva, and airborne respiratory droplets.

Just like the flu, there are some common ways to prevent getting this, such as:

  • Wash your hands
  • Sanitize contaminated surfaces
  • Avoid crowded spaces when possible and
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Sore Throat

As the air gets cooler, you should have a scarf or coat to cover your face when you go outside. The brisk wind and cooler air can cause your throat to start feeling scratchy. Soon, that could turn into a full- blown sore throat. Although a sore throat is a symptom of the flu and allergies, it can be a virus on its own. It could be strep throat or just soreness because of the weather changing.

Some common tips for preventing a sore throat are:

  • Use an indoor air Humidifier-Putting moisture back in to air can help your throat from feeling sore
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your face
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Don’t share food or drink

These are things to remember this fall as the weather starts to cool down. These sicknesses are mostly avoidable. With children and going to and from work, it can be difficult to avoid, but they are. Enjoy all the fun fall activities with your family and friends, but remember to wash hands.