The UAE is notorious for its blazing summers, but autumn is upon us and is one of the best times for people to head outside. Not only is the temperature starting to drop, but the air is clearing up and is a fantastic time for people and tourists to go out sight-seeing the wonders of the magnificent city. And though autumn draws upon a beautiful time for us to head out, it is also a season where flu, colds, and illnesses occur. 

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With the weather in the Middle East being very hot and humid throughout the year, small changes in temperature between summer and winter can give you sudden illnesses such as colds and flu.

Although the heat is something all Emirati people have to bear with, don’t be surprised if you get sudden chills during this season. As autumn falls upon us, here are the common fall illnesses to watch out for.

Common Fall Illnesses and Its Prevention

Common Fall Illness

1. Cold

Without a doubt, this is the sickness most people will get during autumn. Even in a country where the weather is scorching hot, you can get common colds at any time of the year, and autumn and winter is when it is most common.

Common colds make you feel weak, dizzy, feel chills, as well as having a running and stuffy nose. Colds are also contagious. This means you need to keep a distance from others, so they don’t contract it.

Colds are also the easiest to get rid of. Get sufficient rest, stay home, stay warm, eat healthily and take medication. Before you know it, it will be done within a couple of days.

2. Allergic asthma

As the name suggests, this is when people get asthma due to an allergic reaction. With the air quality being very stuffy and humid in the UAE as well as the occasional sandstorm, it can be very easily triggered. Asthma can become deadly when you inhale an allergen.

The necessary treatments, such as an epileptic pen must always be available. To avoid these triggers, be sure to wash your hands properly, wear a face mask outside if possible, try to stay within smoke-free areas and maintain a clean and tidy home.

3. Stomach flu

Stomach flu is quite common in winter, and people do tend to get them in autumn. This is when your immune system becomes weak due to difficult time-fighting bacteria. Common symptoms of stomach flu include weakness, chills, fever, diagrams and even vomiting.

Although stomach flu can be self-treated, if symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical attention. The best way to overcome the stomach flu is to stay hydrated, have plenty of rest, eat simple and clean foods as well as taking medicine advised by a doctor.

4. Pneumonia

A common symptom during the colder months of the year, pneumonia may not be as common as a cold but must be taken very seriously as it can prove fatal without adequate treatment. Pneumonia is a lung infection that is caused by fungi, bacteria or a virus.

This can happen when people inhale harmful bacteria through the air. It can also be passed on through food and drink. To avoid contracting this illness, stay hydrated, wipe down surfaces that you may touch and practice good hygiene. 

5. Norovirus

This is a highly contagious virus that can be spread through food and drink. Common symptoms of norovirus include constant sweating, cold children, fatigue, headaches, as well as diarrhoea and vomiting.

Norovirus will make you feel weak, which is why it’s important to see a doctor and take medication for it. To avoid Norovirus try to eat healthily, stay hydrated and practice well. Make sure the foods you eat are clean and avoid close contact with other people who are sick. 

Advice for Expatriates and Tourists

Common Fall Illness

If you are coming to the UAE for the first time or have not adjusted to the climate such as the UAE, getting a vaccination can certainly help you with your visit. The harsh environment of the UAE is not something most of us can easily adjust to.

As it is one of the hottest places in the world as well as not having the greatest air quality, be sure to speak with your doctor and get medical advice before visiting. 

When to see a doctor?

Most colds don’t require you to see a doctor. If you stick to the above points, you should be safe this autumn. However, if you are getting sick quite often during this symptom or prevention and treatment methods don’t seem to improve your condition, then it is advisable to speak with a doctor.

Especially for younger children, getting a checkup with the doctor can be advisable. The fluctuating weather of the UAE can be very difficult at times for those with a weak immune system. Doctors will be able to help you with medication, advice, and procedures not offered anywhere else. 

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.