Autumn Health Concerns in Florida

autumn_healthFor some people, the words “autumn” and “Florida” just don’t go together. But native Floridians and countless snow birds know that the months of October and November are actually some of the most favorable weather conditions of the entire year in this region. The heat and humidity of spring and summer have begun to abate, but the chilly fronts of winter haven’t yet set in. Outdoor activities like water sports, golf, and lounging on the beach are just a few of the ways to spend a holiday season in Florida.

Like any other region, however, a change in climate can also bring with it new health concerns. Below are a few tips for staying safe and healthy as you enjoy fall in the Sunshine State:

  • Seasonal allergies – The most common autumn allergen in Florida is ragweed pollen. Check pollen counts regularly and keep your house and car windows closed if you are especially susceptible.
  • Flu season – October marks the beginning of flu season, which will likely reach its peak around January. Get your flu vaccine, stock up on hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with your hands.
  • Drier weather – While a break from the summer humidity is a welcome change in autumn, the drier climate may wreak havoc on your nasal passages. Combined with seasonal allergies, conditions like sinusitis and post-nasal drip are not uncommon. Using a humidifier at home, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding high-pollen areas may help combat the symptoms of dryness.
  • More time outdoors – Pleasant temperatures in Florida may prompt you to spend more time outdoors, but make sure not to ditch the sunscreen. Protecting your skin from burns is important throughout the year. Wear SPF 15 or higher when hiking, biking, swimming, or simply sitting in the sun to read a book.

If you do come down with a cold, sinusitis, the flu, or any other type of non-life-threatening illness or injury this autumn, visit South Tampa Immediate Care for fast, effective treatment. You never need an appointment to be seen by a Board-certified physician at our walk-in clinic, and we are conveniently located at 602 South Howard Avenue.

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