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4 Reasons We Get Sick When the Seasons Change

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Spring is here! We’re all feeling great, right?

Our waiting rooms seem to suggest otherwise.

Many parents believe a change in seasons is the cause of the onslaught of cold symptoms affecting their children. But is there any validity to this notion, or is it just an old wives tale?

While many doctors say the rate of infection stays, more or less, constant throughout the year, a sudden shift in temperature does have various effects on our bodies and our immune systems.

Here are just four reasons we seem to get sick when the seasons change.

  1. In some cases, the cooler temperatures that punctuate a seasonal shift – whether from summer to winter or winter to spring – allow viruses to thrive. The rhinovirus – the culprit behind the common cold – does its most nefarious work in dry, cold temperatures. The unpredictable nature of early spring can yield sudden drops in temperature, weakening our natural nasal defenses and laying waste to the lining that would otherwise protect you.
  2. Allergies are regularly mistaken for viruses. Particularly in the spring and summer, seasonal allergy sufferers may experience more susceptibility to colds due to their immune systems being preoccupied with fighting off the advances of pollen and ragweed. Additionally, chronic allergies can cause inflammation in your nose and sinuses, blocking mucus, and opening the door to infection and sinusitis.
  3. Air pressure definitely plays a role in how we feel from day to day, causing bodily reactions related to blood pressure, joint pain, diabetes and more. A significant shift in barometric pressure has also been associated with migraines.
  4. Ultimately, the arrival of warmer weather means you’re out of the house more often. Being out of the house means you’re around more people. More people means more exposure to germs. And exposure means illness. Thanks, Spring!

Regardless of when illness or irritation strikes – winter, spring, summer, or fall – the best way to ward off its effects remains the same all year long. Practice good hygiene (wash your hands regularly and thoroughly), and make certain your children get plenty of:

  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Healthy foods

Whether due to allergies or the common cold, feeling sick when the seasons change is no fun at all – especially as the days begin to warm up and the skies begin to clear. If your child is feeling lousy, drop by KinderMender for assistance. We’re open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and all season long.

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