Common Spring Illnesses

After shaking off the winter blues, the spring season brings along a whole new set of illnesses. Along with the winter, the early Spring is the most common time for a patient to get sick. AFC Urgent Care Dedham provides treatment for all common respiratory illnesses throughout the year. Receive treatment for any cough, fever, or cold today with one of our physicians. 

Allergies

Environmental, seasonal allergies are most common in the Spring and Fall seasons. Patients can be allergic to dust, mold, or pollen. These can cause allergy triggers which range from mild to severe in some individuals. Symptoms commonly include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, or a cough. The Spring is also common for allergic reactions to insect bites or stings. Many minor reactions can cause swelling, tenderness, or redness near the area of the bite. 

Severe allergic reactions are more likely to cause anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. Signs of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing, feeling light-headed, confusion, or wheezing. It’s important to seek emergency medical attention right away. 

Rhinovirus

Rhinovirus is more widely known as the common cold. Though it is possible to get a cold at any point of the year, it is most common during the Spring season. Symptoms are similar to allergies and can include sinus congestion, runny nose, headache, cough, or chest congestion. To avoid catching a cold, it’s best to wash your hands frequently and avoid close contact with others. 

Lyme Disease

As the weather begins to get warmer, deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease begin to come out. They thrive in warmer, rainy weather, so springtime is the optimal climate. The most common initial sign of Lyme disease is a bullseye pattern rash that appears anywhere on the body. The rash is not painful or itchy, but it can feel warm to the touch. Additional symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, or neck stiffness. The most effective way to avoid getting Lyme disease is to avoid areas with tall grass, weeds, or other plants. Deer ticks are very common in areas where there are woods. 

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is a form of norovirus, which is also common during the Spring season. Gastroenteritis is a type of stomach flu that can cause cramping, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms typically only last between 1 to 3 days, but a patient can be contagious for up to three days after. Gastroenteritis is extremely contagious, so it’s best to avoid close contact with others to ensure they will not catch it. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the illness, as vomiting and diarrhea can make you extremely dehydrated.