How to stay healthy this Autumn

With the change in seasons to mark the start of Autumn, we take a look at the common conditions we treat from March to May and give you some tips to staying healthy this Autumn. Remember though, there’s no substitute for personalised advice from a health professional so make an appointment for an individual assessment.

Influenza (the flu)

Autumn sees the start of the flu season, with sufferers experiencing high fever, body pain, headaches, a dry chesty cough and fatigue.  You may avoid the flu altogether, or get a more mild case if you have the flu vaccine.  Getting rest, staying hydrated and keeping warm can help you get on your feet quickly, however the flu can be dangerous, and in some cases can progress to include complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. 

The common cold

A cold might seem like a breeze compared to the flu but it can still cause significant fatigue and put the sufferer in bed for a while until they’ve recovered.  You can contract a cold all year round, but it is more common in the winter months.  So, as with the flu, stay warm, keep hydrated and pay extra attention to basic hygiene such as hand-washing.

Seasonal allergies

Most people think of Spring when talking about allergies, but Autumn can cause an upsurge in allergies too.  As leaves fall from trees and the temperature cools, mould and mildew can form.  Your GP can discuss allergy medications with you, and you may help keep mould and mildew at bay by opening windows during the day by ensuring proper ventilation in your home, remove leaves and leaf matter from your yard, and consider purchasing an air dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. 

Pet dander

If pet fur triggers your allergies, make sure your pets are washed and groomed regularly, and as the weather cools and they spend more time inside, take extra care when vacuuming and keep Rover off the couch! (and definitely off the bed!)

If you suffer from allergies, or find that symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose and fatigue increase at certain times of the year, make an appointment with a SwiftDoc GP to discuss these symptoms, the triggers of allergies, and how we can help you manage your reactions as the seasons change.

This website does not provide medical advice.  It is intended for informational purposes only.  It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment.  If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately dial Triple 0 (000).