Spring Cleaning For Your Health

Spring Cleaning For Your Health

Springtime means the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming and it’s time for some spring cleaning.

However, your living space isn’t the only thing that you should be getting in order this spring. It’s also a great time to clean up your health habits. Here’s a few things you can do:

1. Clean out your medicine cabinet

Spring is the perfect season to go through your medicine cabinet. As we accumulate different medications, it’s often hard to remember which ones have expired or are no longer needed.
Taking some time to clean out your medicine cabinet can prevent you from taking something that’s expired or abusing a dangerous drug, such as an opioid or strong pain killer. This not only protects you, but your family as well.

2. Schedule a doctor’s visit

It’s also a good idea to look at your calendar and make note of the last time you visited your doctor. If you’re due for a physical, make an appointment to start the season off healthy and refreshed.
If you’re near or have recently hit an age that warrants special health screenings, such as age 50 for colonoscopies, make sure to schedule that screening with your doctor. If you’re a woman, schedule regular mammograms and PAP tests. You should also be visiting your dentist at least once a year.

3. Allergy-proof your house

Springtime pollen can trigger allergies, and dust buildup can cause allergies as well.
One way to allergy-proof your living space is to wash your sheets, pillow cases and comforters to get rid of dust mites that have accumulated. In addition, dusting your ceiling fans can reduce the amount of dust being dispersed into the air. If you have pollen allergies, keep windows and doors closed during high-pollen seasons.

Replacing air filters in your air conditioner is also a good idea and should be done regularly. Also, consider using a HEPA filter in your bedroom to provide even more filtration.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus, and the newest one in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Information for both facilities can be found at UCFHealth.com, or call (407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.

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