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28 September 2016

See a doctor about spring fever

Winter is mostly over and there’s a spring in your step again.

Winter is mostly over and there’s a spring in your step again. 

But though you may welcome the warmer weather, spring may also bring some unwelcome health conditions. Your doctor or general practitioner may be able to help you with the following:

1. Hay fever and allergies
A runny nose, red and itchy eyes, sneezing and headaches – for hay fever sufferers, these are signs that spring has sprung.

In some cases, some preventative steps such as staying indoors on high pollen count days or over-the-counter medication may help manage hay fever, but if your symptoms are severe, make an appointment to see a doctor.

2. Tick and other insect bites
As the sunshine beckons us outdoors, it’s worth remembering ticks and other insects are also out and about.

Covering your arms and legs and using insect repellent may help prevent bites and stings, but if you have an allergic reaction or the site where you’ve been bitten isn’t getting better, you should seek medical attention.

3.  Mental health triggers
There’s a strong link between problem gambling and mental health issues.

If events like the spring racing carnival or Grand Final are times when you struggle to contain your gambling, your doctor may be able to draw up a mental health care plan for you, or link you to Gambler’s Help services.

Gambler’s Help services are free and confidential, and provided through Latrobe Community Health Service; visit www.lchs.com.au/gambling-alcohol-drugs/gambling or phone 1800 242 696.

Latrobe Community Health Service operates GP clinics in Churchill, Morwell and Traralgon. Phone 1800 242 696 for an appointment.