Now that the weather is warmer, you may start to experience some seasonal allergies and/or illnesses that come with the change in temperature. It is always a good idea to stay ahead of those ailments so they do not develop into something worse. There are some things to keep in mind to help keep you healthy this spring:
- Stay home when you’re sick. It may not be as easy as it seems sometimes, but whenever possible keep yourself away from others if you are sick. Airborne illnesses can spread quite quickly when there is human contact. Try to quarantine as much of yourself as possible to prevent your illness from expanding beyond yourself.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Did you know that sneezes can come out of your body at more than 100 MPH? With force like that, think of how far your sneezes can travel without being stopped. Make sure you stop them by covering your mouth and nose.
- Clean and sanitize areas that may have been in contact with people who are sick. Use a bleach solution or other germ killing formula to sanitize counter-tops, doorknobs, phones, or anything that could be carrying germs.
- Keep your hands away from your face- mouth, nose, eyes, and ears. Sit on them if you have to.
- Wash your hands. This is possibly the easiest and most effective method in stopping the spread of germs. Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, and frequently throughout the day.
Contact your health care provider if your symptoms become severe or if you need additional information on how to prevent the spread of illnesses. Your health insurance carrier is also a great source for information and help in finding a doctor to cure what ails you.