Don’t let these 3 seasonal symptoms keep you from enjoying your favorite Kentucky Derby events

So much Kentucky Derby fun. So little time to get sick.

It’s time for Kentucky Derby festivities in Louisville, which means horse racing, live music, mint juleps and celebrity sightings.

It’s also springtime in the Ohio Valley, and the combination of “meadow’s in the bloom” and Kentucky Derby fun overload can get you scratched from your favorite Derby-related events. Don’t let it happen.

Here’s what you need to know to stay well and enjoy the exciting weekslong run-up to the greatest two minutes in sports.

No. 1: Coughing and sneezing — allergies or sinus infection?

Rachel Alexander, APRN, nurse practitioner with Norton eCare, said allergies and sinus infections tend to run together in the springtime. Symptoms of allergies and sinus infections can include a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing or sore throat; itchy or red eyes; and cough.

When should you see a health care provider?

Rachel recommends talking with your health care provider about the right treatment options for you. Nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants or nasal rinses may help treat symptoms.

Talk to your provider right away if your symptoms last longer than 10 days, or if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sudden and severe pain in the face and head
  • Trouble seeing, or swelling or redness around one or both eyes
  • A stiff neck

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No. 2 : Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea— stomach flu or too much Derby fun?

Whether you’re experiencing upset stomach from travel, a stomach bug or too much good food and drink, it can definitely sideline you. Symptoms of stomach issues include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or abdominal cramps.

When should you see a health care provider?

Rachel suggests seeing a provider if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if your symptoms are severe. Severe symptoms that should prompt you to contact your provider include:

  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Vomiting blood or blood in your bowel movement
  • Fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Signs of dehydration

No. 3: Sunburn, itching or rash — your skin is your most important Derby accessory

Prevention is key to ensuring skin issues like sunburn, rashes and insect bites don’t take the fun out of the season. Rachel recommends that you protect your skin by following sun and skin safety, which includes wearing sunscreen and bug spray; accessorizing with protective clothing such as a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or pants; and avoiding the sun in the middle of the day.

When should you see a health care provider?

According to Rachel, a health care provider can evaluate skin issues, monitor for infection if there are blisters or broken skin, and treat symptoms of pain. However, if sunburn is severe, it may require evaluation at an emergency department.

Access care anytime, anywhere

When your calendar is full with all things Derby, you may be tempted to push through your symptoms. Norton eCare gives you access to a health care provider 24/7 from anywhere — work, sports practice, home or wherever the season takes you. With an online video visit or eVisit, you can feel better faster, without having to miss out on the fun.


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