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How to Deal with Common Autumn Injuries and Illnesses

November 03, 2021

Clinical Contributors to this story:

Autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors, however, there are certain illnesses and injuries that are common during this season.

We connected with internal medicine specialist, Cathie Ann Mancuso, M.D., to share some insight on how to stay healthy this fall.

Common Autumn Injuries and Illnesses

Yes, it's the flu season again! The flu can be very dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, infants and children. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

Additionally, practicing good habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs. Learn more about the flu vaccine.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is depression that gets triggered by a change in seasons, usually when fall starts. People with SAD typically sleep much more than usual, crave carbohydrates, feel sad and anxious, have thoughts of death and much more.

Eating a balanced diet, getting out in the sunlight, exercising and meeting friends can help SAD. Also, it’s a good idea to talk to your health care provider about your concerns.Learn about SAD and how to treat it.

While it’s nice to see the trees change color and leaves start to fall, there are hazards that come with the falling leaves.

Leaves make it challenging to see what you might be walking on - any pot holes, dents, and cracks in the road. Wet leaves create slippery, dangerous surfaces that make slipping and falling more likely. To prevent injury, clear the leaves and don't go for a walk alone at night.

From cooking and cleaning, you’re always on the move at home this time of the year. Unfortunately, household activities can cause serious injuries such as burns, muscle strain due to yard cleaning or heavy lifting and falling.

It’s important to perform these activities safely: use the right tools, wear appropriate clothing, and take breaks from uncomfortable positioning. If you have developed any pain or discomfort in your body, it’s important to make an appointment with a medical professional.

7 Tips for a Healthy Autumn

Wash your hands with soap and clean water for 20 seconds often.

Wear a face covering when in large public gatherings.

Adults and children older than 6 months get your flu vaccine.

Take some time to get out and get fresh air.

When cleaning up for fall, be mindful of your body's ability to perform a certain task and avoid exertion.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes while exercising, lifting heavy objects, or cleaning your house.

Don’t ignore pain and get help from a professional.

Next Steps & Resources:

Meet our clinical contributor: Cathie Ann Mancuso, M.D.

To make an appointment with Dr. Mancuso, or a doctor near you, call 800-822-8905 or visit our website

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The material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.

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