Spring weather is slowly waking us up from our winter comas. And while warmer weather and sunshine are definitely worth celebrating, spring also brings an array of new health concerns.
Allergies are the most prevalent spring health concern, as researchers believe that nearly 50 million Americans are affected by nasal allergies. The biggest trigger is the delightful dusting of yellow that coats the outdoors – pollen. Allergies are caused by an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a substance. Symptoms of someone allergic to pollen include runny noses and itchy, watery eyes. While mild allergies can be treated with medication, AppleCare physicians suggest that avoidance is the best strategy. Try to stay indoors (if possible) when the pollen counts are high for the day.
Another issue that comes along with spring is overexerting our bodies. Physical activity often hits a lull during the winter due to cold temperatures. Since a majority of people are sedentary during these cooler months, you don’t want to overdo it when you’re ready to jumpstart a new fitness regimen. Be sure to ease back into exercise with plenty of stretching and focus on strengthening your core.
Insect bites are also on the rise in the spring. Be sure to be cognizant of ticks, bees, fire ants and mosquitos. Prevention is the best strategy – use insect repellant and be aware of your surroundings. If you’re out in the woods, check for ticks when you return home.
We hope you enjoy this new season, and that any of the ailments it brings with it don’t affect you or your family. However, if they do, AppleCare is just around the corner and ready to help.