How to Stay Healthy for Spring

How to Stay Healthy for Spring

Be proactive this spring and stay healthy so you can enjoy the entire season.


Part of having a happy, healthy spring means managing your allergies. Look after yourself now and improve your chances of staying healthy by making the most of lighter days and better weather! As always, however, if you feel unwell and have health concerns, consult your doctor before taking any important steps.

Hay Fever
While many people think hay fever is a summer problem, pollen can start affecting people us as early as March.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the right antihistamine for you (and make sure you know when to take them, as some should be taken in advance of the worst symptoms). Since it isn’t caused by a virus inside your body, you can take proactive steps to combat hay fever with wraparound sunglasses and regularly splashing your face with water to wash away allergens.

Spring Colds
Big, quick temperature changes can leave you vulnerable to colds and other illnesses associated with chilly weather. The old treatment of rest and medicine to relieve the symptoms are your best bet since there’s no end-all, be-all cure to stop a cold for good.

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You can up your chances of staying healthy by getting enough sleep, washing your hands often and keeping diligent with regular, daily hygiene. If someone in your household has a cold, keep things everyone touches clean — pay special attention to bathroom faucets, fridge doors and TV remote controls.

Fifth Disease
Known as “slapped cheek” because a common symptom is flushed cheeks, fifth disease tends to occur during spring, mainly in 3- to 15-year-olds. It can initially appear as a lacey red rash on the body, and typical symptoms include headache, high temperature and itchy skin.

Children usually suffer mildly, as they would with a cold, but you should always make sure to consult your doctor to ensure your sick child doesn’t have a more serious condition.

Like with a normal cold, a lot of rest and care is often all it takes for a child to get through a bout with fifth disease. Make sure you wash your hands and disinfect handles, remotes and anything else the sick child may touch since the condition is caused by a virus.

Do you have any surefire ways to prevent springtime ailments? Let us know in the comments section below!

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