Can a Change in Weather Make You Sick?

September 9, 2022

We’ve all been there– the cold weather creeps in and suddenly we aren’t feeling our best. Well, the term “under the weather,” makes a lot of sense when you think about how much our health seems to correlate with a change in temperature. But is it really the change in weather that’s making us sick?

It’s important to understand how weather changes affect our well-being. Some of us may experience seasonal allergies, like sneezing and coughing, while others might not be able to escape getting the flu each year. Depending on your ailment, AFC Urgent Care Bedford can provide you with the necessary care for keeping you healthy as it gets colder.

How does the weather affect your health?

The change in temperature is not what causes sickness, rather changes in overall weather condition. There are three main factors that lead to rising rates of illness during these weather changes– including being exposed to the cold air, drier air, and spending more time indoors. Breathing in cold, dry air can make you more susceptible to getting sick. This is because the upper part of our respiratory system is lined with membranes that capture viruses and bacteria before they reach your lungs. When these membranes are met with cold, dry air, they lose their moisture and viruses can enter your lungs much easier. Additionally, it’s natural to spend more time inside during winter. When we are indoors for longer periods of time around more people, viruses spread at a higher rate.

Seasonal allergies

As the fall months begin and we move into colder months, some of us may start experiencing seasonal allergies. While allergies are a year-round problem for many, seasonal allergies that occur when the temperatures first drop can lead to persistent issues for many.  Ragweed pollen and mold are the most common fall allergen that trigger allergies in cooler weather.

Some common fall allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy, or irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy throat
  • Aggravated asthma symptoms, including coughing or wheezing
  • In severe cases, trouble breathing or anaphylaxis

These weather conditions that occur when the temperature drops make you more vulnerable to experiencing allergies and illnesses. For seasonal allergy treatment, visit AFC Urgent Care Bedford.

How to prevent illness when the weather changes

There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and decrease the chances of illness during the colder months. Of course washing your hands and practicing good hygiene is essential for staying healthy year round, but what can you do differently when the weather drops? One tip is to dress adequately for the weather– wearing layers can help you transition your outfit to reflect chilly mornings and warm afternoons. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help you flush out all the toxins, and keep the membranes in your respiratory system moist. Lastly, don’t skip your annual flu shot! Flu season peaks in October, and carries into the cold, winter months. Planning your flu vaccine is an effective way to prevent illness as the weather changes.

Receive Treatment at AFC Urgent Care Bedford

When it comes to your health and wellness this fall, AFC Urgent Care Bedford has you covered. We’re open every day of the week, making healthcare accessible when you need it. Take charge of your health this fall and visit our urgent care center with no appointment necessary. If you have any more questions about our services, walk-in or call today at (781) 430-8161.

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