It’s springtime and everyone’s ready for a good time outdoors! Birds chirping, flowers in full bloom, leaves greener than ever—everything looks spectacular and colorful. While winter has been harshly cold, spring offers the perfect weather to go out and have fun. However, there are some diseases and sicknesses that are common during the spring season. Here’s a list of these pesky illnesses and tips on how to prevent or handle them when they have made their presence felt.
1. Flu and common cold are some of the most common diseases during spring. Drinking plenty of fluids and keeping the body is well hydrated, not to mention maintaining a healthy diet can help ward them off.
2. Cough and asthma are other conditions that are also common during this season and keeping a light health diet as well as avoiding the asthma triggering agents would really help in preventing any asthmatic attacks.
3. Throat and oral diseases. Sore throat and sores are common occurrences. Fruits
and vegetables as well some coarse food grains could go a long way as far as prevention is concerned.
4. Itchy skin is is one of the most common spring illnesses. There are some foods that are rich in vitamins, e.g. vitamin (A) is known for maintaining the skin and preventing the itchy and pruritic skin. Stay well hydrated could also help in boosting your skin integrity.
5. Metabolism problems. During spring, your body’s metabolism will increase and your production of gastric juice and hydrochloric acid production in your stomach will also increase. This could lead to the formation of ulcers or relapsed to those that already had ulcers that had healed or cause perforated ulcers which are usually a complication of these stomach ulcers. So one should eat foods that are easy to digest and avoid much of fried and spicy foods.
6. Lyme disease. Although not part of the common spring illnesses, lyme disease is still something to watch out for as the effects are unpleasant. Before going outdoors, make tick bite prevention part of your plans and reduce your risk of this tick-borne disease. Use a repellent with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing and gear). Blacklegged ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter or shrubs. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails and avoid tall vegetation.