Spring Health Concerns, and What to Do About Them
April 2, 2018
April 2, 2018
There are many spring health concerns, though the season isn’t quite as harsh as winter. There are lots of things in the air, with pollen and a desire to go outside being the most dominant. This leads to a lot of running, but very little breathing. Spring is the favorite time of year for many, but the weather is something to watch out for.
Spring Health Concerns
While very few Spring health concerns are worthy of urgent care, they can become emergencies without being checked. Asthma is one of the biggest offenders. If it’s treated, asthma is often easy to handle. Leave it unchecked, though, and it can be a rather large problem. It’s important to be educated about Spring health concerns, even if none appear to be an issue. You never know when something will pop up, and you want to be ready when it does.
The few problems that do exist shouldn’t keep you from making the best of your Spring, though. The weather will be amazing, and perfect for getting out and do something. While you should keep Spring health concerns in mind, it’s time to carpe diem. Remember the fitness plan you said you would stick to when the New Year rolled around? Now is a great time to revisit it.
Easily the most prominent of the Spring health concerns are seasonal allergies — namely pollen allergies. Pollen allergies are so common that most local news sources will keep a reminder of how much pollen is in the air. In fact, the report will easily appear when Googled. If you’re curious, try Googling pollen count and see what it is for your location. Or, add the name of any city in the United States and you’ll see the pollen count there. At the timing, there was a “moderate” amount of pollen in Seattle, for example.
Why are pollen allergies so common? And why aren’t they as bad as other allergies?
Pollen allergies aren’t as bad as other allergies because they’re developed over time. Other allergies occur because our bodies flag something as a virus at first sight. If you’re allergic to nuts, for example, your body thinks that all nuts are poison and reacts as such. Pollen allergies, and other mild allergies occur when your body begins to notice a pattern: it sees that pollen tends to enter your body right around the same time you get sick. Because of that, it starts to assume that pollen is causing your sickness.
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to pollen allergies. Because they’re so often negligible, it’s often best to leave them untreated. You likely know how to handle them on your own, though. It’s best to stock up on soft tissues, to avoid leaving your nose chafed. You might also consider keeping some Claritin or other allergy medication nearby. It’s important to note that allergies can develop even as an adult. They can also fade away over time. They pop up when they pop up, so be prepared.
Of course, spring brings about sports. While they can be played inside during the winter, it’s a temptation for people of all ages to run outside and play when the spring comes. Soon, the basketball season will end and baseball will begin. Sports injuries all have a similar nature: things were happening very fast, and then I was in pain. Whether it’s a bone break or a concussion, sports injuries are often very severe. Remember to play safe, and be ready if there is ever an emergency. You should have the number of your local emergency medical services saved.
Not all sports injuries are medical emergencies, though. For example, sprained ankles, which are the most common sports injury, don’t require medical attention. It’s good to know what common injuries might appear, and how to handle them. If something pops up that you’re not sure how to deal with, you can always head to an urgent care center. Remember that the difference between an urgent care center and an emergency room is that an urgent care center handles urgent problems. A sprained ankle certainly qualifies, and so do most small sports injuries.
Asthma is most often coupled with the earlier two Spring health concerns on this list. The blockage of airways from seasonal allergies or intense breathing during a sport can aggravate even the mildest cases of asthma. Asthma is typified by shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, and a whistle or wheeze during exhalation. Other symptoms include an inability to sleep because of breathing, and a frequent, wheezing cough. If you suspect that you might be susceptible to asthma, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You should also see a doctor if you are asthmatic and your symptoms become more frequent and bothersome, or if breathing becomes more difficult. If you experience an asthma attack, you should seek urgent care.
Many Spring health concerns will come and go, but hopefully, none of them will ruin your season. Remember to have fun, and don’t let your concern become worry.