November 3, 2021
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors, however certain illnesses and injuries are common during this season.
We contacted an internal medicine specialist, Cathie Ann Mancuso, MD, to share some ideas on how to stay healthy this fall.
Common fall injuries and illnesses
Yes, it’s flu season again! The flu can be very dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, infants and children. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get the vaccine every year.
Also, adopting good habits like avoiding sick people, covering your cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs. Learn more about the flu shot.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is depression triggered by a change of seasons, usually in early fall. People with SAD typically sleep a lot more than usual, crave carbohydrates, feel sad and anxious, have thoughts of death, and more.
Eating a balanced diet, going out in the sun, exercising, and meeting friends can help with SAD. Also, it’s a good idea to talk to your health care provider about your concerns. Learn about SAD and how to treat it.
While it is nice to see the trees change color and the leaves begin to fall, falling leaves present dangers.
The leaves make it hard to see what you might be walking on – potholes, bumps and cracks in the road. Wet leaves create slippery and dangerous surfaces that make slips and falls more likely. To avoid injury, clean the leaves and do not walk alone at night.
From cooking to cleaning, you’re always on the go around the house this time of year. Unfortunately, household activities can cause serious injuries such as burns, muscle strain from cleaning the yard or lifting and dropping heavy loads.
It is important to perform these activities safely: use the right tools, wear the right clothes, and take breaks after being in an awkward position. If you have developed pain or discomfort in your body, it is important to make an appointment with a healthcare professional.
7 tips for a healthy fall
- Wash your hands often with soap and clean water for 20 seconds.
- Wear a face covering at large public gatherings.
- Adults and children over 6 months old get the flu shot.
- Take the time to get out and get some fresh air.
- As you prepare for fall, keep in mind your body’s ability to perform a certain task and avoid the strain.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when exercising, lifting heavy objects, or cleaning your home.
- Don’t ignore the pain and seek professional help.
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