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Common Illnesses to Watch Out For in Spring & Summer

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Common Illnesses to Watch Out For in Spring & Summer

As the warmer weather of spring and summer approaches, it's time to prepare for outdoor activities and time spent in the sunshine. However, with the change in seasons, certain common illnesses tend to make their presence known. But, with simple preventive measures and proper management, you can make the most of the warm weather while keeping the whole family safe and happy!


Spring and summer are notorious for triggering allergies due to the pollen released by trees, grass, and flowers. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion are common symptoms of seasonal allergies. To prevent allergies, avoid outdoor activities during peak pollen times, keep windows closed, and use air purifiers in your home.

Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids can help manage mild allergies, but it's best to consult a healthcare professional if your symptoms are severe.


With longer days and increased sun exposure, sunburn becomes a common concern. Sunburn can cause redness, pain, and peeling of the skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer. To prevent sunburn, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily. You should also wear protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses and seek shade during peak sun hours. If you get sunburned, apply aloe vera or a moisturizer to soothe the skin and avoid further exposure.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke become a risk as temperatures rise, especially during outdoor activities. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Heatstroke, on the other hand, is a serious medical emergency characterized by high body temperature, confusion, rapid heart rate, and loss of consciousness. To prevent these heat-related illnesses, drink plenty of water, wear light and loose-fitting clothing, take frequent breaks in the shade, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

If you suspect heat exhaustion or heatstroke, move to a cooler place, drink water, and seek medical attention immediately.

Insect-Borne Diseases

Warmer weather also brings out insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit diseases like Lyme, West Nile, and Zika. To protect yourself from insect bites, use insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants when hiking or camping, and avoid stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.

After outdoor activities, check yourself and your pets for ticks and remove them promptly with tweezers. If you develop symptoms such as fever, rash, or joint pain after a tick or mosquito bite, consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible for treatment.

Antelope Valley Medical Center Is Here for You This Summer!

No matter what you may be up against this spring and summer, Antelope Valley Medical Center is here to help! Get familiar with our services, and reach out to schedule your next appointment today.