How to stay away from sickness during Spring Seasonal Change
Most of us enjoy the change of seasons. The winter's first snow and spring flowers bring a sense of wonder. Fall offers the beauty of changing leaves. Summer welcomes warm lazy days with friends.
But does the change of seasons mean we're more susceptible to colds, flu, or other respiratory problems? The answer is a little complicated, but research shows the answer is a qualified, "Yes".
Can You Catch a Cold from Being Chilled?
People always seem to come down with a cold or the flu when the seasons change. But these dramatic temperature changes aren't the direct cause of these illnesses, experts say. There are several factors that play a part in these seasonal spikes.
The temperature shifts permit a different group of viruses to flourish, and it's these viruses that make people sick, said Dr. Benjamin Kaplan, an internal medicine physician at Orlando Health in Florida.
We can dispel the old myth that being cold can give you a cold. You have to be infected by a virus to catch a cold or the flu. However, influenza viruses peak in the winter. And the rhinovirus that causes colds peaks in the spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler. Also, being out in the cold appears to limit the ability of your nasal hairs and mucus to catch and stop germs coming into your nose.
In spring, seasonal allergies can increase a person’s vulnerability to infections, because The nasal inflammation caused by seasonal allergies makes it easier for viruses to “set up shop” in your nose. Also, since your immune system is preoccupied with dealing with your allergies, it has fewer resources available to defend you from illness-causing intruders.
When it’s cold outside, we tend to spend more time together indoors. The likelihood is that when we’re indoors with others, we’re more likely to be exposed to germs from others who may already have the sniffles.
One research study found that students in dorm rooms with poor ventilation caught more colds. Another study found that good ventilation along with high indoor relative humidity rendered the influenza A virus inactive.
What Can You Do to Feel Better and avoid sickness When Seasons Change?
Consider a humidifier to keep airways moist
Wash your hands regularly
keep a well-balanced diet with plenty of sleep
Regular exercises to strengthen resistance
If you wonder if you have a cold or an allergy, see your healthcare provider. And your health care provider can also answer your questions about getting your flu shot.
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Livpure. (2019, January 17). What is Water Therapy & its benefits? Everything you need to know. Retrieved March 22, 2021, from https://www.livpure.com/blog/what-is-water-therapy-its-benefits-everything-you-need-to-know