Springtime is a welcome return to the outdoors, longer days and warmer weather. And while flu is still active, the likely threat of contracting the illness is starting to wane, there are no shortage of ailments that come along with the spring season. Below are the five most common ailments the come along with the spring season.

  1. Allergies. Trees are budding, flowers begin blooming and grass is growing—meaning pollen is virtually unavoidable. If you live in a warmer climate, spring allergies can begin as early as February. Most seasonal allergies can be treated with medications. However, most medicines work best when they are in your system before you’re exposed, it’s a good idea to visit your local CareWell early to address your allergies before they begin.

2. Asthma. Just like allergies, asthma tends to flare up most in the spring. Some triggers include pollen, fertilizers, and temperature change. If you suffer from asthma, be sure to have your inhaler handy at all times.

3. Rhinovirus. Rhinoviruses—which cause roughly 50% of all common colds—are spread easily in the springtime. Just such as in flu season, washing hands regularly is the best way to avoid

4. Allergic Conjunctivitis (red eyes). If your child comes home from school with red, watery eyes you may think he or she caught the dreaded “pink eye” infection. Actually though, at this time of year most cases of “pink eye” are actually due to allergies, not infections, and are therefore not contagious. To determine whether your child has an allergic reaction or infection, visit your nearest CareWell.

5. Lyme Disease. Deer ticks—which transmit Lyme disease—become active when temperatures rise above 35 degrees. Avoidance strategies work best, so avoid tall vegetation, use tick repellent, and be sure check your body after you’ve been outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers (and keep it in a Ziploc bag in case you do have a reaction). Then watch for symptoms, such as a bullseye rash, over the next few weeks.