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Doctor’s advice how to best treat typical autumn illnesses

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs the season changes from summer to autumn, the likelihood of getting all kinds of typical autumn illnesses increases. Dr. Marita Kirsone predicts there will also be an increase of people with autumn depression as well.

«Autumn illnesses come and go with the season. However, they can be prevented if the patient wants to,» – notes Kirsone. The common cold is a common problem for most people in autumn. «Although we often have no idea where we could have gotten cold, there are multiple simple everyday things we do not pay attention to. This often results in getting a cold. First of all remember to wash your hands frequently. It is also a good idea to air you room regularly. Even an innocent kiss on the cheek can have serious problems. Travelling by public transport can also end up in catching an infection or two, especially if there are people coughing or blowing their nose all the way. The weaker a person’s immune system, the easier it is for bacteria to enter our organism,» – says the doctor.

With that, it is important to keep in mind that an average person should drink approximately two litres of liquid in autumn (except for coffee or black tea, which are dehydrating). It is also vital to consume vitamins and maintain a varied diet. Vitamin C should be your best friend during the autumn season.

Blocked nose is the first symptom of falling ill. The assumption that it can be treated in seven days without medicine and one week with medicine no longer applies to modern medical practices, because it is now recommended to use nose pills to reduce the risk of getting ear problems as well. Anti-allergic medicine can be used to reduce swelling in the nose. Blowing both nose holes at the same time only puts pressure on ears. So it is better recommended to blow one nose hole at a time.

The second problem often discussed in family doctor offices is stomach problems. Increased stress levels is one of the reasons why many people experience burning sensation in their stomach. A balanced diet can help resolve this problem. It would be best to eat 5 – 6 times a day and divide meals into small portions. Forget about fried, spicy and smoked food, as well as coffee, citrus fruits, mint tea and dark chocolate. Smoking and use of different painkillers can also result in stomach problems.

The third category of problems that surface during the autumn season are tied to darker and shorter days after turning the clock for autumn. These problems are mostly related to a person’s psychological state. Autumn depression or vegetative dystonia, sleep problems or dissatisfaction with life in general are often guests for people during this season. «Although the causes for psychological disorders can vary, I would recommend people who suffer from seasonal fits of depression to address problematic matters before autumn comes into its full rights. It is also a good idea to find a healthy balance between work and leisure; active sports, long walks and enjoyment of art and music can help lift stress,» – recommends Kirsone.


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