Changing Weather Getting You Down?

Changing Weather Getting You Down?

by Posted on: March 18, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

As the temperatures rise steadily¬†with the start of spring, you might experience discomfort that is independent from your allergies. As the weather changes from cold to warm, many experience a rapid onset of a stuffy head cold. This process often occurs the same way flu season begins: the temperature of the air outside. The influenza virus thrives in cold, dry air, while rhinoviruses and cornoaviruses, the sneaky culprits behind your cold, replicate quickly when the weather is briskly cool, the way it feels when you’re getting in your car in the morning.

Another contributing factor to your springtime sickness is your after-hours activities. As the weather warms up, people socialize more and sleep less. Spending greater amounts of time with large groups of people exposes you to more germs, making you more likely to pick up sickness from a friend or family member. Combat this transfer of disease by washing your hands frequently and avoiding drink sharing.

Even though flu season may be dying down, it is important to continue to observe appropriate hygiene and health habits. Stay hydrated, wash pollen off your clothes, body, and hair to dodge allergy symptoms, exercise at least five days a week, wear layers so you can stay warm and cool throughout the day, and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Sources: ABC, The Weather Channel, Quora, Women’s Health, Blogs

 

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