Autumn brings with it large fluctuations in temperature and atmospheric pressure, humidity, but also the limitation of food options and fresh produce.
All these correlated with low immunity can favor the appearance of seasonal diseases or the aggravation of the existing ones.
Asthma and allergic conditions
Like spring, autumn is a season conducive to allergies and asthma, but also exacerbates the symptoms of sinusitis and chronic rhinitis. Inhalation of certain allergenic substances, such as pollen, dust or mildew, leads to an intensification of asthma-specific manifestations associated with allergic reactions.
Almost any asthmatic will experience respiratory difficulties during this period after exerting themselves in cold air or after inhaling smoke, dust or strong odors. They will also face seizures and coughing, chest tightness and dyspnea (shortness of breath) or tachypnea (shortness of breath).
Cold weather or temperature fluctuations can sometimes take us by surprise in the fall and can lead to the onset of influenza or bronchitis, especially in the case of asthmatic persons. In order to avoid these symptoms, it is recommended that patients who face such problems, stay away from pollen, spores, mold fragments or pets.
Another category of disorders whose symptoms intensify in the fall season is rheumatic ones such as arthritis, rheumatism or osteoarthritis. These are usually manifested by increased sensitivity, pronounced pain, and stiffness in the joints, as well as inflammation.
Everyone can experience sporadic joint pain, but the cold, humidity, and temperature changes affect the mobility of the joints, increase the risk of inflammation and intensify the pain, which will be felt especially in the spine, hips, and knees.
Gastritis – another condition that relapses in spring or autumn
Strictly speaking, the term gastritis means acute or chronic inflammation of the gastric mucosa.
The causes that lead to the onset of gastritis are different and of varying severity. Excessive consumption of alcohol, coffee or acidic soft drinks, smoking, consuming hot or very spicy foods, excessive stress, are just a few of the many causes of gastritis formation. Therefore, the treatment of gastritis differs depending on the patient and the situation. An important treatment measure is the removal of the causative agent.
Autumn is not only the season when the crops are harvested but also the season of respiratory viruses. The lungs and airways are continuously exposed to the atmospheric air and pathogens: bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms; their number increases considerably during this period due to low temperatures and high humidity. Normally, our body defends these dangers through the immune system, but when it is weakened, the body can no longer defend itself so effectively against infectious agents. In children, the sensitivity is even higher, because they are much more exposed to pathogenic factors, and their defense system is not fully developed.
As always, prevention is the key! A healthy and balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, combined with natural supplements designed to stimulate immunity helps strengthen the body and reduce the risk of infections.
Of the category of respiratory diseases that occur mainly in autumn, there are laryngitis, pharyngitis, and sinusitis. Although all three can be classified as infections of the respiratory system, their symptoms differ especially in the area that is affected.
- Pharyngitis is a condition that occurs at the level of the tonsils or pharynx and is characterized by a dry cough and severe fever.
- Laryngitis is manifested in the throat by inflammation or pain in the throat.
- Sinusitis causes nasal leakage and congestion and involves infection of the sinus mucosa, which also causes severe headaches, felt in the forehead, eyes, cheeks.
To prevent fall conditions, specialists recommend combining a diet rich in vitamins and minerals with a sport.