What are the most common Autumn illnesses & how can they be avoided?

keeping the autumn illnesses away

With colder weather on the horizon, different colds and flus are likely to be knocking on your front door. As children return to school and the weather takes a sudden turn, our immune system can become more vulnerable and susceptible to seasonal ailments.

But don’t worry! Here are the most common autumn illnesses and possible ways to prevent them…

 

Cold

The common cold can affect anyone at any time of the year but it can be more persistent in the cooler months. Symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose and a cough. To avoid nasty colds make sure you wash your hands regularly to remove any germs, stay hydrated, drink hot water with honey (see our previous article on immune-boosting superfoods), and get plenty of rest. Also any home remedies are worth a try!

Flu

Flu’s often start in the Autumn and visit with high fever, body pain, headaches, dry chesty cough, tiredness. To help you get better quickly, rest, keep warm, take paracetamol and drink plenty of water. The best way to stop yourself from getting the flu is to have a flu jab – this is offered by Qured at home or in your office!

Norovirus

This stomach inflammation disorder is a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It is more common as we enter the winter months but only lasts about two days normally. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, wash your hands regularly and stay at home to rest.

Allergies

Fall allergies can cause a runny nose, itchy & watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. If your symptoms become extremely intense – you should visit your GP for medication. Make sure you keep clean and have a tidy home – staying inside when the cold air picks up is recommended.

Cold Sores

These are common during the colder months and can appear on the lips, mouth or nose area. It usually starts with a burning, tingling, or itching sensation. They should start to heal within 10 days but can be quite painful. Certain creams can ease the irritation and pain of cold sores but the best thing to do is wait for them to heal. They are highly contagious though so avoid kissing anyone especially infants.

 

This guide to preventing common Autumn illnesses should hopefully reduce your chances of becoming unwell this season – many symptoms often resolve themselves but if medical attention is necessary you should make sure to see a doctor. Qured will come straight to your door at the click of a button, so if you are dreading the thought of getting out of your cosy bed to travel to the doctors, download our app and find out more.

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