Common Autumn Illnesses

Developing Illnesses in Autumn

There are a number of illnesses that commonly arise during the autumn season. Whilst the autumn might bring things such as Halloween and Bonfire Night, it all brings several illnesses.

People who already have underlying health conditions might be more prone to infection to so it’s always good to know what you might be at risk of contracting. Some of the most common illnesses that arise during autumn are:

Common Cold

Common ColdMany people suffer from the cold during the autumn and as soon as one person catches it, it’s likely to pass onto friends, family members and work colleagues. Even as one of the most common illnesses to catch there are a number of things you can do to prevent catching it.

Regularly washing your hands with antibacterial hand wash or gel, will help to destroy the bugs and bacteria that you might have picked up from surfaces or other people. Keeping household items such as glasses and plates sterilised helps to prevent infection or reinfection.

Recurring Asthma

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK who currently suffer from asthma; which an estimated 1.1 million children and 4.3 million adults suffering from the condition. With temperatures dropping and constant weather fluctuations throughout autumn, symptoms of asthma are usually triggered.

Cold air is known to trigger symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. To help prevent symptoms or even asthma attacks occurring it’s important to stay out of the cold and wind where possible. Medication should be taken regularly and you should always carry an inhaler with you when you’re outside.

Joint and Arthritic Pain

People who suffer from conditions such as arthritis will usually stiffen up in the autumn and winter, meaning the condition becomes more painful. The cold weather can affect the joints meaning they will seize and become quite painful; which could lead to injuries occurring such from falling or dropping things.

ExerciseIt’s hard to avoid joint and arthritic pain, as the severity will vary depending the person suffering from it. Undertaking in light daily exercise can improve both physical and mental well-being; visiting a osteopath can help to alleviate joint pain. Swimming is one of the most effective ways to improve joint mobility.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are most common in children and they are likely to occur during the autumn months. The changes in the climate and autumn weather patterns such as colder air, can affect the ears leading to infections developing.

There are a number of reasons that can cause ear infections and identifying them can be hard. If you happen to suffer from a build-up of wax, ringing in the ear, dizziness or actual pain in the ear, then it’s important to visit a doctor. The symptoms that are caused by ear infections can be quite disruptive such as the dizziness, nausea and general pain they cause.

Norovirus

Norovirus is commonly known as the winter vomiting bug and it’s extremely infectious. Whilst the virus can develop at any time of the year, it is most common during the autumn and winter months. Norovirus is known to develop and spread across busy environments such as hospitals, offices, hotels, schools and nursing homes. The vomiting bug is known to be quite unpleasant, however it will pass by itself in a few days.

NorovirusThe most common symptoms of Norovirus are sickness and diarrhoea; meaning you’ll need to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Whilst Norovirus can infect anyone the people most at risk are young children and elderly people. When you suffer from the illness you should stay away from other to help prevent the illness spreading.

Seasonal Flu

Flu comes around every year and infects millions across the globe. In the UK there is a vaccination process which is designed to help protect the people most at risk of contracting seasonal flu. The virus changes and adapts every year, meaning you’ll need to have a new flu vaccination when the autumn and winter months hit.

The flu can affect anyone and once it hits a workplace or school it’s likely to spread between people like wildfire. Keeping the environment clean and regularly using anti-bacterial hand gel will help to keep prevent the virus from spreading.

Where To Visit When You Feel Ill?

If you’re feeling ill then it’s always best to first visit a pharmacy to see if there are any over the counter medications to help treat your condition. Should any of your symptoms worsen or if they don’t seem to be clearing up after a few days, then it’s best to visit your doctor. A doctor will be able to test to see if there’s an underlying problem and prescribe stronger and more effective medicine.