Have you ever noticed that you often get a little sick after a move? Although many aspects of moving can cause excitement, some also cause sickness. We’ve detailed some common causes for illness in connection with moving. We’ll also address some basic ways to avoid sickness before, during, and after your move.
Moving items around will almost certainly stir up dust and other allergens in your home. Irritants such as these may already exist in your home, but they remained settled until the moving activities started
Allergies irritate the sinuses and eyes. This irritation creates a perfect atmosphere for sinus infections. Consequently, people often mistake simple sinus irritation or asthma for the common cold.
How to Prevent: Change your air filters ahead of your move to promote healthy ventilation. Run the vacuum over your house and dust before your packing day. If you know of personal allergies to dust mites, take medication before you begin to pack.
This one is a bit general. Environmental factors almost everywhere contribute to your health. When you relocate, you’re almost always changing your environmental surroundings, including exposure to new places, people, and microbes.
Not only does relocating geographically challenge your sense of navigation, but it also gives pause to your immune system. Unfortunately, the relocation itself may have already set you up for illness too.
How to Prevent: Drink plenty of fluids and get the proper amount of rest to bolster your immune system. Stay up-to-date on your vaccinations, and supplement your diet with vitamins. Also important is the need to take time to relax, even if it means stopping and napping in the middle of everything. Make sure to also eat a healthy diet rich in fiber and nutrients.
Sick Building Syndrome
Much like the dust from your attic, other elements in a building can cause illness during a move as well. “Sick building syndrome” refers to poorly maintained structures that expose occupants to various irritants and toxins.
Various chemicals, asbestos, radon, mildew and mold all pose risks to occupants of aging buildings. You also increase risk factors every time you move. Each jostle or bump could yield a leak or breakage in weak pipes.
Symptoms include throat irritation, dizziness or fatigue, headaches, and nausea.
How to Prevent: Living spaces should be appraised and inspected before you make a purchase. Many local governments supply free radon test kits for public use. Also, make sure to check the basement and attic for signs of mold, mildew and rot.
Because there are so many moving parts and materials associated with moving, “acquiring” little nicks and cuts is very, very easy. Even fairly shallow cuts can leave an opening for possible infection.
Simple hand washing that would prevent unwanted infection is often forgotten amid the rush to pack and box-up items.
How to Prevent: Wash your hands. It’s really that simple. Use plenty of sanitizer throughout the process, and seek antiseptic treatment and bandages for any cuts, scrapes, or lacerations.
Although not a result of microbial infection, depression affects people during and after moves as well. Teens are especially susceptible to depression associated with difficulty adjusting to new surroundings. Some may struggle to function without a familiar support system nearby.
How to Prevent: Maintain old friendships via Skype, phone, and emails. Try to help your family connect with new people through community activities and social events. Build new support groups together.
If you take time to take care of yourself during your move, you’ll avoid sickness and fatigue. Use these prevention tips to stay happy and healthy.
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