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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Fall

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Fall

How You Can Support Your Health This Fall

The fall season brings crisp air, changing leaves, and many opportunities to take charge of your health. Read on to learn more about how you and your family can lead a healthy and active lifestyle all autumn.

Get Moving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, people should be striving to reach about 150 minutes of physical activity each week, which is just 30 minutes of exercise 5 days out of the week. With the temperatures decreasing, many may seek solace in the warm and cozy confines of their home after a hot summer, but there are many benefits of continuing to stay active on into the autumn.

Health Benefits of Staying Active

Adding physical activity to your everyday routine brings with it plenty of immediate and long-term health benefits. By adding moderate-intensity exercises to your life, you can improve your health in the following ways:

  • :Helps you to maintain a healthy weight

  • Reduces your risk of mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

  • Lowers your blood pressure.

  • Improves your cholesterol levels.

  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Supports your musculoskeletal health.

  • Reduces your risk for cancer of the breast, colon, kidney as well as other cancers.

  • Reduces your risk of developing diabetes.

 

Some outdoor activities that you and your family can try out this autumn include:

  • Bike riding

  • Leaf peeping

  • Hiking

  • Gardening

  • Pumpkin picking

  • Apple picking

  • Strawberry picking

  • Canoeing

  • Rock climbing

  • Camping

  • Fishing

  • Touch football

  • Corn maze

  • Jogging

  • Visit the zoo

Common Injuries and Illnesses to Avoid

As you actively participate in outdoor activities into the fall, there are specific injuries and illnesses that you are at an increased risk of experiencing. Here are some of the most common to keep on your radar:

  • Bee stings

  • Wasp bites

  • Mosquito bites

  • Spider bites

  • Tick bites

  • Fire ant bites

  • Spider bites

  • Heat rash

  • Heat exhaustion

  • Sunburn

  • Poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Heat exhaustion

  • Dehydration

Keep Your Allergies Under Control

As we head into the great outdoors for hikes, camping, and other outdoor activities—your allergies can wreak havoc on your autumnal outings. Fortunately, there are ways you can help to keep your symptoms at bay.

Common Allergens

One of the best ways to keep your environmental allergies under control is to identify your triggers. Allergens are typically harmless substances that cause your immune system's reaction, causing your body to attempt to fight off the small particles. This is what is commonly referred to as an allergic reaction.

 

Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollen

  • Dust

  • Dust mites

  • Pet dander

  • Pollen

  • Grass/ragweed

  • Mold/mildew

  • Cigarette smoke

  • Smoke

Symptoms of Environmental Allergies

Although environmental allergies are often confused with cold and flu symptoms, they are not caused by the same things. Allergies result from your immune system overreacting to particles in the environment rather than a viral infection.

 

Common environmental allergy symptoms include

  • Itchiness

  • Runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Nasal congestion

  • Coughing and/or wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Asthma attacks

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Itchy/irritated eyes

Know When to See a Doctor

Although many allergy symptoms like sneezing and congestion can be dealt with, it is still advised that you see an allergist to address your symptoms if they get in the way of your day-to-day activities.

 

If you have more severe symptoms, you should seek immediate care if you experience any of the following:

  • Over-the-counter allergy medications don’t help your symptoms.

  • You frequently experience shortness of breath, as you may have allergy-induced asthma.

  • You are prone to congestion and sinus infections.

Protect Your Skin

Although the sun’s heat and intensity continue to decrease as we settle into the autumn season, it is still possible for you to experience sunburn and even sun poisoning as you spend time outdoors.

Symptoms of Sunburn and Sun Poisoning

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Pain

  • Peeling skin

 

In more severe cases, you may even experience the following symptoms that may require immediate care:

  • Severe redness and inflammation

  • Aching pain

  • Fever or chills

  • Dehydration

  • Dizziness

How to Prevent Sunburn

Remember these tips to keep your skin safe while you spend time in the sun:

  • Apply broad-spectrum SPF every hour that you spend outdoors.

  • Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.

  • Wear breathable, loose-fitting clothes that cover your body.

  • Spend more time in the shade than in direct sunlight.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration happens when the body loses more water than you're taking in, making it harder for your body to function properly. While many people become dehydrated during the summer, it can occur at any time of year. Be sure to drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, drinking even more water when participating in outdoor activities.

Be Mindful of Dehydration Symptoms

Symptoms of dehydration in adults typically include:

  • Feeling extreme thirst

  • Dry or sticky mouth

  • Using the restroom less frequently

  • Sweating less

  • Headache

  • Muscle cramps

  • Dark yellow or amber-colored urine

  • Tiredness

  • Dizziness

 

Because children and babies are more prone to losing fluids through frequent crying, vomiting, and diarrhea, it is important to pay attention to the warning signs that they are becoming dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration in children may include:

  • A dry or itchy mouth and tongue

  • Eyes that appear sunken

  • No tears when crying

  • Peeing less frequently

  • Your baby’s soft spot on the top of their head appears sunken

  • Dry skin

  • Unusually moody or irritable

  • Abnormally lethargic

  • High-grade fever

Immediate Care in Gillette, Wyoming

If you’re feeling under the weather or sustain a minor injury and believe you should seek immediate care, the Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, is here to help. When it comes to urgent care, each patient can expect us to help them get back to life with quality care and personalized service. Save your spot in line or walk-in today! Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/wic.