It’s that time of the year again: when you would choose to sit at home all day instead of going out. Summer always end with good memories? Not really. End of Summer Sickness is very much a phenomenon which includes rashes, sweat marks, heat strokes, and these allergies & infections:
Summer Sickness – Allergies & Infections:
More annoying than this weather, are the different allergies & infections it brings with it.
1. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Summer rash
- Muscle pain
- Red eyes.
A rickettsial disease transmitted by ticks.
Check for ticks when you return home from any outing.
2. Asthma attacks
- Air pollution
- High pollen levels
- Increased mould growth due to high humidity
- Coughing, especially at night
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
A respiratory condition, marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs.
- Continue taking your daily controller medications throughout the summer.
- Check local air pollution and pollen counts- If levels are high, it may be best to stay indoors, preferably in air conditioning.
3. Swimmer’s ear
Heat and humidity fuelling the growth of bacteria and fungi.
- Constant irritation
- Problems in hearing
An infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It’s often brought by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.
- Prevent water from getting stuck in the ear canal
- Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming or showering with a towel.
- If the water is still stuck, you can use a hair dryer to remove it.
Exposure to excessive heat and humidity.
- Dizziness, fever and fainting
- Elevated Heart Rate
- Muscle Cramps and nausea
- Profuse Sweating or Absence of Sweating
- Rash and reddened skin
- Vomiting and weakness
A group of heat-related illnesses which happens when the body gets overheated.
- Avoid exerting yourself outdoors during the hottest hours of the day
- Seek air conditioning on hot days
- Consult your physician about how much water you should drink
General Summer Sickness
- Frequent headaches, particularly those located over the nose and/or forehead.
- Breathing through an open mouth (rather than through the nose).
- Stuffed-up feeling in the nose – with or without discharge.
- Plugged-up feeling in the ears.
- Itchy throat.
- Inability to sleep well.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, you should consult a physician for appropriate testing, diagnosis and treatment.
With the information, skills and prescription pharmaceuticals available today, there is no reason for anyone to suffer. Don’t forget to share this with your friends & family. Knowledge is Power!