Spring brings blooming flowers, lasting daylight and warmer weather. It is also the perfect season to cut down on some of the clutter and embrace a longstanding tradition: spring cleaning. This spring, take the opportunity to extend this tradition to your health as well as your home. Here’s our guide on how to organize your health this spring.
Get a Head Start on Seasonal Allergies
Of the 50 million Americans with allergy symptoms, about 40 million are affected by an outdoor or indoor allergy. Don’t let this spring catch you off-guard! Get a head start by scheduling an appointment with your health care provider to discuss treatment options. Doctors recommend starting medication about two weeks before the onset of allergy symptoms. Taking medication early on can curb the effects of histamine, the chemical that causes many of the symptoms of allergies.
Boost Your Vitamin D Rays
Spring is also the perfect opportunity to catch some rays. Vitamin D - also known as the sunshine vitamin - boasts a number of health benefits. Getting sufficient vitamin D exposure is essential to a strong immune system. A vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter when individuals spend the most time indoors, away from the sun. Fortunately, the body naturally creates its own vitamin D when hit by sunlight, meaning all you have to do is get outdoors to feel the benefits. But don’t forget the sunscreen!
Take Your Medicine as Prescribed by Your Physician
Studies have consistently shown that 20 to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.
For patients who do not refill prescriptions because of limited insurance coverage, other options exist. Patients who are uninsured, underinsured or experiencing financial hardship may qualify for drug assistance through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a free and confidential service designed to help people match with programs that could provide them with their medicines for free or nearly free.
If you or someone you love struggles with affordable access to medicines, there are resources available that may be able to help: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free prescription medicines. For more information, visit www.pparx.org.