If there is one thing that is certain throughout the fall and winter, it is that you’ll likely catch a cold or flu. Symptoms can range anywhere from fatigue, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose to cough, body aches and fever. The change in weather can affect some more than others and what is really important at this time of year, is that your immune system be in top notch shape.
The summer holidays are coming to an end already and the kids are going back to school soon or maybe starting daycare. Whatever the case may be, it’s the time of the year where everyone starts coming home with random viruses. Cue the fevers, coughing, sneezing, copious mucousy runny noses and maybe even vomiting. It’s all part of childhood and educating a young immune system and believe it or not, it’s actually better for children to encounter more microbes throughout childhood because that will result in a more robust, balanced immune system when they reach their adult years. Having said all that, being sick with anything is not fun for anyone and it becomes specially challenging if you are a working mom or dad or have other little ones to care for.
I love my fresh morning air walks in the summer, I also enjoy evening walks and sitting by the fire! They’re a few of my favorite times to bond with family, but they also happen to be the worst times for bugs and I’m a mosquito magnet!
Mosquito bites can be really annoying and if you’re allergic to the bite then the swelling and itching (caused by the body’s release of histamine) can get really bad – for some people, bites can cause reactions as serious as anaphylaxis. I’ll talk about the most common reaction to bug bites, not anaphylaxis.