Can Temperature Ups & Downs Make You Sick?

Just when you thought spring had sprung, in comes the cold, rainy and windy weather. But all those fluctuating temperatures are just the magic of spring (said no one ever). Not only are these temperature highs and lows hard to dress for—should you be wearing a sweater or a short-sleeved shirt, maybe both?—but the constant changing can feel exhausting, both physically and mentally.

Now is it just you, or do fluctuating temperatures really impact your health? Sort of. After all, temperatures aren’t the only factor that can impact how you’re feeling, especially in this pollen-filled time of year.

So, in the midst of this season’s rollercoaster temperatures, here are some of the effects it may have on your health:

   1. More frequent headaches:Migraines in particular can be impacted by weather—more than 50% of people report weather as a major trigger. This is often due to changes in barometric pressure, which can impact blood flow and increase sinus pressure making headaches more likely.

   2. Sore Sinuses. It isn’t just pollen that can wreak havoc on your sinuses. For many people, it may actually be grass, weeds, dust and/or mold. So, as April showers continue to minimize the spread of pollen, it’s also amplifying these other allergens.

   3. Worsened asthma symptoms. Springtime can be especially challenging for those with asthma. Not only are there allergens at every turn, the constantly shifting temperatures can actually intensify asthma symptoms. In particular, sudden drops in temperature (like before it starts raining) can cool airways rapidly, making symptoms more severe.

   4. Heightened stress. Like with anything else, most of us do best with routine and consistency. So constant changes in temperatures can be a hassle. Whether it’s immune and eye health or joint pain and sleep apnea, when your body is constantly trying to adapt and change, it can put it under a fair amount of stress.

   5. Increased germs—and sickness. Now this isn’t to say that changes in temperature are directly linked to catching colds, but weather may play an (indirect) role. Here’s why: the two viruses most likely to cause a cold (rhinoviruses and coronaviruses), have an easier time replicating when weather isn’t too cold, but isn’t too hot either, making spring a time when these viruses thrive. 
Healthy looks great on you. Having your best spring yet may be easier than you thought. It’s as simple as prioritizing your health by working with your primary care provider, which will leave you feeling energized, fresh and rejuvenated. 

With personable providers, convenient locations and a wide array of comprehensive services, Gwinnett Medical Group offers personalized care for all of your spring health needs. By making an appointment with a primary care provider, you will receive the care you need to enjoy spring to its fullest.

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