We are coming into the season of coughs and colds and many other common seasonal illnesses that tend to significantly disrupt our lives. If you’re looking for ways to help prepare yourself to navigate this tricky time of year for health then allergy testing could be a great option. It will not only give you more information about what’s affecting your health - but ways that you could improve the situation too.
What kind of common illnesses happen in the autumn?
This is the season of the runny nose because many of us get common colds as we come into Autumn. Flu viruses also tend to spike at this time of year - and these can often worsen into bronchitis or pneumonia if they aren’t properly treated. Norovirus - sickness and diarrhea - is another illness that starts to spread in the autumn season, especially when the schools go back. We also tend to see more sinusitis at this time of year, a higher number of ear infections and more cases of bronchitis too.
How does allergy testing prepare you?
While allergy testing won’t prevent any of the common illnesses that can plague us during the autumn season, it can give you more information about what’s wrong with you. Allergies can affect us at any time of year but in the Autumn season they can worsen, especially those that are related to ragweed and mold spores. Dust mites can also be problematic - the first time that we put the heating on when the cold weather arrives, these allergens can get stirred up all over the house and make you feel miserable. Having allergy testing in advance of Autumn will give you information on which of these allergens is most likely to affect you - and how you can take steps to minimize the impact that they have.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Many of them are very similar to the common illnesses of Autumn, which is why it’s such a good idea to have allergy testing so that you can tell the difference. Some of the most common symptoms of allergies include a runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, a headache, itchy sinuses or an itchy throat, as well as congestion in the ears, fatigue and coughing. For some people it’s really hard to tell the difference between allergies and the common cold - allergy testing can help you do that.
How can you help yourself?
If you’ve had allergy testing and identified the allergens that are most likely to be a problem for you then you can take steps to minimize any symptoms, you experience. For example, you can keep home and car windows closed, check online to see the air quality where you live and also make sure that you take a shower when you come into the house. Keeping your home clean and dust-free is also essential.
Allergy testing can give you essential data about your health so that the Autumn season doesn’t have to be one of suffering with symptoms for you.
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