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The season for light sweaters and carving pumpkins is coming up fast, so it’s time to study up on symptoms that could potentially put a damper on your fall fun. These common autumn illnesses couldn’t have worse timing, coming in just when the holiday season is setting in. Find out some fall illnesses to watch out for.

5 Common Autumn Illnesses

1. The cold

The cold is called the “common cold” for a reason: it occurs frequently, and everybody gets it at least a few times in their lives. In fact, children who are in elementary school tend to get the cold up to 12 times per year, while high school students and adults get it about two to four times a year.

The cold is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that spreads through touching, sneezing, coughing—any time mucus and moisture vectors are in the air. Symptoms of the common cold include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue

2. Influenza

Influenza, or the flu, is similar to a cold in terms of seasonal illnesses and symptoms. It tends to be a bit more extreme, however—quite a bit more extreme. Of course, the severity of the flu depends on the specific strain and, considering there are new strains every year, you never know when or how you’re going to get it, or how severe it will be.

Since the disease is always evolving and changing, you need to make sure to get your flu shot every year. The flu can be spread very easily through coughing, sneezing, touching those who are sick, or even just being outside during flu season.

Here are some common flu symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

These flu symptoms are a little less common, but usually indicate a more evolved strain. You should visit your Las Vegas urgent care as soon as possible if you experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme pain
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion

3. Ear infections

Children are more likely to get ear infections, and it’s directly related to fall illnesses. When there’s a change in weather and climate, there’s a change in our bodies. Colder air has a tendency to increase the chances of ear infection.

Ear infections aren’t contagious, so you won’t get it from being out in the open or touching anybody who has one. However, if you don’t take extra care of your inner ear during these months, it can be pretty easy to develop this infection. There are three different ear infections you can get that directly correlate with the parts of the ear: inner, outer, and middle.

Symptoms of inner ear infections include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Mild to extreme pain

Symptoms of middle ear infections include:

  • Fever
  • Trouble hearing
  • Mild to extreme pain

Symptoms of outer ear infections:

  • Mild to extreme pain
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness/ rash

4. Seasonal affective disorder (depression)

Some common autumn illnesses aren’t as physical as others. Some manifest themselves in the form of depression. When autumn begins, things start to cool down; the days become shorter, and people feel the depression coming on.

Starting around September (National Suicide Prevention Month) and going through the holiday season, it’s considered the season of more suicidal and depressive behaviors. If this happens to you, we encourage you to visit your doctor and talk to a professional as often as possible. Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include:

  • Disinterest
  • Severe sadness
  • Slight joint pain
  • Anxiety

5. Arthritis pain

If you suffer from arthritis, you already know what’s coming when a rain cloud swoops in and the temperature drops. For some patients, the seasons of autumn and winter are a continuous storm of joint pain and frustration. There isn’t just one cause of arthritis, as it’s linked to autoimmune disease.

If you experience uncomfortable symptoms, seek medical attention so your doctor can appoint you with the appropriate therapy and pain management tactics. Symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Extreme joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Decreased movability

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Get Prepared as the Season Approaches

Be aware of the possibility of these common autumn illnesses. As the season approaches, you should be preparing for the future. That means taking plenty of vitamins, getting your flu shot, and just taking care of yourself. In the event of any symptoms, come to Las Vegas Urgent Care to get some quick care.

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