Seasonal illnesses that happen mostly in springtime

May 10, 2022

The return to outdoor activities and the increased length of days is typical of spring, but it also is a time for allergy-related respiratory illnesses. Spring allergy flare-ups are caused by trees and plants blooming, and pollen is carried by the wind and ends up in our noses, eyes, and lungs. While pollen allergies are not fatal; they are an annoyance and an interruption that never seems to end.

Aside from pollen allergies, springtime brings with it a slew of other health issues to be aware of. Some of these illnesses include:

Asthma

Pollen, air temperature changes, fertilizers, and insect repellents are all asthma triggers outside in the spring. Indoor triggers, such as dust, mold, and cleaning chemicals, can also be a source of concern.

Rhinovirus

The common cold is at its peak in the spring. Rhinoviruses, which cause roughly half of all common colds, are easily transmitted. It's critical to remember to wash your hands frequently and to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Allergies to Insects

Most people who have been stung or bitten by insects experience pain, redness, itching, and minor swelling in the area of the bite or sting. This is a perfectly normal reaction. Most people recover in a matter of hours or days. Stinging or biting insects can cause severe allergic reactions in humans.

Gastroenteritis

Noroviruses(which cause gastroenteritis), like rhinoviruses, thrive in warm weather. They are highly contagious, and while the symptoms, which include stomach pain, cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, usually last only 1-2 days, those infected are contagious for 3 days after the symptoms have subsided. Handwashing and sanitization procedures are critical for preventing stomach viruses.

Healthy eating helps reduce allergy symptoms

Eating healthily is a no-brainer way to keep your body in top shape. However, knowing which foods are best for the season is not always easy, the following are some of the best foods/fruits to include in your diet this spring season:

Cherries: Cherries are small stone fruits that come in a variety of colors and flavors. Their colors range from yellow to deep blackish-red, and all varieties are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients, particularly fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, have numerous health benefits. Vitamin C is necessary for the immune system and skin health, whereas potassium is required for muscle contraction, nerve function, blood pressure regulation, and a variety of other vital bodily processes.

Lemons: Lemons are high in vitamin C and flavonoids, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants aid in the removal of free radicals from the body, which can cause cell damage. These nutrients can aid in disease prevention as well as overall health and well-being.

Asparagus: Asparagus is an excellent source of antioxidants, containing a variety of beneficial antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and glutathione. Asparagus is also high in antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols.

Green Garlic: Green garlic is a young garlic plant harvested before it matures into the well-known mature bulb. This garlic has a moderate amount of vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, and B vitamins, as well as trace amounts of calcium, zinc, and iron. Allicin, garlic's active ingredient, is a significant and noteworthy component. Allicin, which is produced by the enzyme alliinase, is a potent antioxidant with numerous health benefits. Garlic also has a low-calorie count, with only 5 calories per stalk, and contains sulfuric compounds and organic acids that are beneficial to the body.

Worsened allergy symptoms should be treated at an urgent care center

Whenever patients cannot effectively treat or reduce allergy symptoms at home it helps to contact an urgent care center. Visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today to get same-day allergy treatment that can help reduce irritation, fatigue, sniffling, and more.

Simply visit as a walk-in patient and book today! 

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