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Top 5 Spring Health Concerns

Now that spring is here, you can look out for warmer weather, blossoming plants, and, to be realistic, your fair share of health issues. Make sure the season is as pleasant as possible, though, by being aware of some common seasonal health problems you may encounter in the coming months.

Read on for five spring health concerns you should look out for.

Allergies

Blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers may look beautiful, but the pollen they release may make you feel less than stellar. Also known as hayfever, seasonal allergies can cause symptoms of itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and all-around miserableness. What’s more, April showers do more than bring May flowers – they also bring about mould, which can worsen allergy symptoms.

Take the initiative by finding local pollen count online and taking allergy medication a couple weeks before you’re exposed to pollen.

Cold and Flu

People associate colds and flus with the colder winter months, but the reality is that infectious viruses don’t take holidays (though we wish they would!). The symptoms of a cold and flu are similar to allergies, although colds and flus are contagious and, as in the case of the flu, may include a fever, chills, or body aches.

Safeguard yourself from infections by washing your hands often, covering your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, and, if possible, get vaccines (especially for the flu).

Sunburn

Though the days aren’t as hot as they are in summer, longer, sunnier hours can up your chances of getting sunburned. Obviously, your chances rise when, as a result of the temperature, you wear clothes that don’t cover you up as much as winter layers do.

Wear sunscreen before you go out every day. It may seem annoying to have to put it on all the time, so you can apply it to skin exposed to the sun (like your face, hands, and legs) but you'll be glad you did. To treat sunburn, you can apply a gentle aloe moisturiser or an ice pack, and if the pain is severe, you can take a pain-reliever like Nurofen.

Sports Injuries

The warm weather means people are out and about more often and spring sport seasons begin for athletes. Whether it’s golf, jogging, cycling, or a friendly game of football, you could be more susceptible to getting injured simply because you’re more active outdoors.

Make sure you warm up before you attempt any exercise, and ensure you cool down properly after a workout or physical activity to prevent any soreness.

Lyme Disease and Insect Bites

Everyone is outside again to take advantage of the warmer weather, humans and insects alike. Bees, wasps, mosquitoes, and other insects can come out in the spring if the weather is warm enough. Be especially wary of deer ticks when you’re in grassy, wooded areas, as these ticks carry Lyme disease.

Carry around insect repellent when you go outside, wear appropriate clothing, and steer clear of tall vegetation to avoid ticks. Know the common signs of Lyme disease, such as a rash or fever.

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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