Why Do I Always Get Sick In The Fall and Winter?

October 31, 2023

Do you always get sick in the late fall and winter months? Research revealed that adults and children suffer from colds at different times of the year, which correlates with seasonal changes. Further research shows that releasing allergens into the environment during seasonal change may be responsible for more viruses. Simply put, most people are more likely to get sick when the season changes. In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why you may fall ill this fall and winter, as well as outline helpful and healthy illness prevention tips.

For same-day illness treatment, visit the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood. We provide seasonal care for all patients in the Lakewood, CO area seven days a week. You can simply walk-in or reserve your spot online.

Reasons Why People Get Sick During The Fall & Winter

People can get sick during the fall and winter for any of the following reasons:      

1. Temperature fluctuations: Rapid temperature changes can lead to stress on the body, making it easier for viruses to take hold. It can also cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing the body's ability to fend off illnesses.

2. Indoor crowding: During extreme weather changes, people spend more time indoors close to others. This can facilitate the spread of viruses and bacteria.

3. Viral spread: Certain viruses, like the flu, are more common during specific seasons. As the weather changes, these viruses become more prevalent and can lead to illness.

Reduced sunlight exposure: Less sunlight during certain seasons can lead to lower vitamin D levels, which affect immune function.

4. Dry air: Indoor heating systems during winter can lead to dry indoor air, which can dry out nasal passages and make it easier for viruses to enter the body.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Preventing Illness This Fall & Winter

Here are some tips for staying healthy and preventing illness during seasonal changes:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene
  • Get vaccinated
  • To support your immune system, eat various nutritious foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Limit alcohol and tobacco use
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice safe hygiene
  • Limit close contact during illness outbreaks

Seasonal Health & Wellness Care Available at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood

AFC Urgent Care Lakewood offers health and wellness services that are more accessible and convenient than emergency rooms, especially for non-life-threatening conditions. Our certified medical providers can manage allergic reactions and provide medications when necessary. For non-severe infections, urgent care centers can provide initial evaluation and treatment.

Don’t leave your health up to chance this year– visit our walk-in clinic for preventive and immediate care when you need it most. If you have any additional questions about the seasonal care services we provide, please contact us directly at (303) 988-3600.

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