When the weather warms up after a long winter, you might feel more than ready for spring. Getting outdoors again can feel revitalizing, and longer days are also much appreciated.
However, it’s not unusual for people to notice a few health problems during spring. Knowing a little about these ailments may help you avoid them and feel healthier throughout the season.
Seasonal allergies are a common problem, thanks to budding trees, bushes and plants that release pollen into the air.
Your geographic location will determine when spring allergies hit. If you live in the south, you might notice springtime allergies starting in February. Those in the north might not begin to notice sneezing and itchy eyes until May or June.
Asthma may be another issue during the spring months, depending on your triggers for the symptoms.
Springtime asthma triggers include:
- Insect repellants
- Temperature changes
- Yard fertilizers
Check with your primary care provider if your asthma starts bothering you at this time. They should be able to help you control your symptoms.
It may seem strange, but spring is a peak time for the common cold. Keep washing your hands frequently and avoid anyone who is sick. Also, try your best to not touch your eyes, nose and mouth throughout the day.
Bug and insect bites
The start of outdoor sports, barbecues and gardening are all a part of spring. However, so are bugs and insects.
As you spend more time outdoors, stay vigilant about using insect repellant to avoid pesky bug bites. Also, when out in wooden areas, wear long pants, long sleeves and a hat.
Exercise injuries are common during the spring as people hop back into outdoor workouts. Before any physical activity, make sure to stretch and warm up your muscles. Also, don’t forget to cool down afterwards.
You can be overexposed to UV rays even on cloudy days. So, during the spring and leading into the summer months, make sure to protect yourself from the sun.
Always wear sunscreen when you’re outside and apply it 30 minutes beforehand. Reapply it every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming. Wearing sunglasses and hats helps too.
With just a few safety measures, you can avoid spring health issues or keep them from becoming bigger problems.
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