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Seasonal Health Issues

Some health issues only affect us at certain times - allergies, flu in the fall/winter, winter depression, etc. ACMC offers a variety of services - from primary care providers to specialists - to help diagnose your illness and begin treatment. The expandable sections below give you details about a variety of seasonal illnesses.

Allergies

Most people think allergies hit us in the spring or fall, but allergens can affect us at any time of the year. An allergy is your immune system's exaggerated response to common substances such as pollen, dust mites, pets, food, mold, chemicals, drugs, and other environmental issues.

Spring allergies hit us as the trees and plants begin to green out and pollen begins to float around.

Late summer and early fall allergies are caused by ragweed and other late bloomers that release pollen.

Fall/winter allergies are more often caused by mold buildup on wet leaves.

We can also get allergies from being cooped up inside during the cold winter months. Pet dander, household chemicals, and lack of fresh air can all stir up our allergies.

ACMC offers a variety of solutions you can use at home to minimize your exposure to allergens. We also offer a variety of tests and treatment options through our Allergy & Immunological services. Schedule an appointment for testing or treatment with the ACMC Allergy & Immunology by calling 440.997.6969.

Flu

Flu season runs from October to May throughout the United States. The flu is a virus that infects the respiratory system. Unlike a common cold, the flu is more likely to include the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Extreme Exhaustion

In most cases, people can weather the flu by staying home, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking medicine as prescribed by a medical provider. If you experience cold or flu symptoms, ACMC offers easy access to a provider at one of our four walk-in Express Care clinics in Ashtabula, Conneaut, Geneva, & Jefferson. Visit the Express Care Service page to see hours for each facility.

Learn more about dealing with the flu and how to prevent the spread of the flu in ACMC's Health Library on Flu.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It's no secret that the days get shorter in the late-fall and winter. What may be a secret is how each of us cope with the longer, dark nights and cloudy days. As many as 6 million Americans may experience an emotional depression related to changes in the amount of daylight we get. Better known as Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the symptoms go beyond simply being depressed. Symptoms of SAD include:

  • Eating more often
  • Changes in appetite - cravings for sweet/starchy foods
  • Heavy feeling in arms/legs
  • Feeling lethargic or lacking energy
  • Sporadic or constant fatigue - oversleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritable/easily bothered by people/things
  • Increased sensitivity to social rejection
  • Reduced desire to 'go out' or be around people
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Thinking about death or suicide

You can read more about things you can do at home to ease SAD symptoms. However, talking about your feelings and experiences can also be a powerful therapy for overcoming SAD. ACMC's Behavioral Medicine specialists can help determine what is affecting you and recommend treatment. ACMC also offers Sleep Medicine specialists who can determine if there are health issues affecting your sleep.

Click here for more information about Behavioral Medicine services.

Click here for more information about ACMC's nationally-accredited Sleep Disorders Center.