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Most Common Seasonal Illnesses During the Fall

The fall has its own unique seasonal illnesses that are likely to impact your overall health. Taking a little extra time to prevent, treat, and manage these illnesses can be the difference maker in having a healthier fall season. Besides, who wants the flu when there are so many other fall activities that you can enjoy with the whole family!

Seasonal illnesses are likely to spread during specific times of the year, but during the fall there are a few that are more abundant than others. If you believe that you have a seasonal illness, or that you need treatment for illness symptoms, then make sure to contact AFC Urgent Care Southlake for seasonal care!

Below are the five most common seasonal illnesses in the fall:

1. Influenza or the flu

Influenza is the most common seasonal illness in the fall since the flu virus spreads more rapidly during the late fall and early winter. As more people spend longer durations indoors, the virus is likely to spread from patient to patient. Make sure you get your flu shot and wash your hands frequently at school or at work!

2. Common cold or “rhinovirus”

A rhinovirus is the medical term for a common cold that leads to flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, nausea, fever, and congestion. Common colds don’t have a vaccine for prevention, but basic hygiene is a great way to prevent the disease. Make sure you also take any medications or anticongestants to help with symptoms!

3. Seasonal allergies and asthma

Seasonal allergies such as the spread of danger, dust, and other types of allergy triggers also spread frequently during the fall. Additionally, the fall is also a prime season for asthma triggers to spread as well. Remember your allergy action plan or asthma action plan and clean your household to reduce the spread of triggers.

4. Arthritis pain

Patients with arthritis are more likely to deal with more pain during the fall and winter seasons since the cooler weather makes it harder for blood to travel. This can result in pain from sore or aching arthritic joints/bones. To manage arthritis pain, make sure that you wear extra layers, stay warm, and continually manage joint aches throughout the season.

5. Seasonal affective disorder

As the seasons change, it is more likely that the outdoor conditions and temperatures impact your overall mood. When this happens, you’ll want to make sure that you stay active, see a mental health therapist, and frequently consult your healthcare provider on how to mange.