From summer sunshine and autumn leaves to cosy winters, and spring blossoms, each season comes with its own set of joys and challenges. It’s like nature’s way of keeping us on our toes!
Spring is a season of renewal, with flowers blooming and temperatures rising. But along with the beauty, it can also bring some health challenges. As we embrace the warmer weather, allergies, outdoor activities, and other factors might lead to occasional aches, pains, and even fevers.
Here are three top tips to help manage pain and fever throughout the season:
1. Understand and Tackle Allergies Head-On
Flowers, fresh grass, and… sneezing? Early spring is synonymous with high pollen counts, which can trigger allergic rhinitis – commonly known as hay fever. Allergic rhinitis develops when the body’s immune system recognises and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problems in most people, such as pollens from trees, grass, and weeds.
Symptoms of this seasonal allergy include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, and fatigue often due to disrupted sleep from a blocked nose.
Secondary complications can occur, including aggravation of, or increased predisposition to developing asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, which can result in pain and fever.
To manage spring allergies, keep an eye on daily pollen counts using weather apps or websites. On high pollen count days, limit your outdoor activities to times when levels are lowest, and keep your home’s windows closed, relying on air conditioning instead. Consider over-the-counter remedies such as antihistamines and nasal steroids for relief. If allergies persist, speak to your healthcare provider about immunotherapy options.
2. Stay Active but Cautious
With the inviting weather, there’s a natural inclination to be more active outside. While it’s great for physical and mental health, it can potentially also increase the risk of injuries.
Before diving into any vigorous activity, always warm up and cool down afterward to prevent muscle strains and sprains. Stay hydrated, particularly during physical activities, to avoid muscle cramps.
If minor injuries occur, try the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Rest the injured area for 48 hours, if possible, apply ice for 20 minutes at a time and as frequently as every hour, use a compression to reduce the swelling, and elevate the injured part of the body above heart level.
3. Be Prepared and Proactive
It’s essential to have a plan in place for when pain or fever strikes. This involves not only understanding potential causes but also having resources and remedies readily available.
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