Spring Health Concerns
Spring, like every season, comes with its fair share of health problems. Here are five health concerns and tips on how to deal with them.
– Most of us think that common cold is only common during winters, but that’s not true.
-Spring is the peak time for rhinovirus infection, and rhinoviruses are responsible for causing about half of all the common colds.
-As winter ends, our immune systems are not as strong as they should be, and catching a common cold is easy.
-The viruses spread quite easily from one person to another and are therefore contagious.
-Reduce your risk by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
-Football, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, and many other sports all start with the spring season.
-Prevent sports injuries by wearing appropriate protective gear and warming up before you start.
-Allergies are triggered in spring due to pollen released from blooming flowers, plants and trees.
– Pollen travels via the wind and ends up in people’s eyes, nose, and lungs.
-Medicines can help you deal with seasonal allergies, but they work best before pollen enters your system. That’s why it’s best to start your therapy at least two weeks before the spring season starts.
– Pollen counts can be checked online or through your local weather forecast.
-Asthma, just like seasonal allergies, flares up in spring.
-Common triggers are pollen, air temperature changes, yard fertilizers, and insect repellants.
-Indoor triggers arise from spring cleaning, such as dust and cleaning chemicals.
-If you have to use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
-Remember to use your peak flow meter to check your asthma control.
-You can buy a meter at your local drug store.
-Warm temperatures lures the deer tick, which transmits Lyme disease.
-Walking through grass and undergrowth exposes you to ticks.
-They often cling on shoes or socks and climb up underneath one’s garments.
-Use tick repellants, wearing long clothing and pulling your socks over your pants prevent tick bites.
-After exposure to tick habitat, remove your clothing, inspect for ticks and take a shower.
– In case you find a tick, quickly remove it with a fine-tipped tweezers.
-After a tick bite watch for fever or rash over the next few weeks.
Awareness of these potential spring health issues and knowing how to prevent them will help you
have a healthy and happy spring!
Disclaimer: The information is intended to provide general education for patients and their families. The information provided does not constitute medical or health care advice for any individual and is not a substitute for medical and other professional advice and service.
Dr. Mahesh Ochaney is a solo practitioner who has been practicing Internal Medicine since 1991. Dr. Ochaney’s compassionate primary care has been recognized several times over the years, including being named a 2018 Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine and receiving a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation.